‘Life in all its Fullness’
Sixth Form Curriculum
Our Sixth Form provision is about academic success and so much more. At St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form, we aim to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become successful and happy lifelong learners. This will help all of our students to live ‘Live in all its fullness’ so that they can progress successfully into their chosen future pathways and careers.
Our core values of HOPE (Humanity, Optimism, Perseverance, Excellence) are central to our day-to-day workings and ensure that students develop an understanding of community and civic virtues and use these to think critically about relationships between themselves, their community, their country and the wider world.
We know that our students are capable of great things: this is evidenced by the impact of our community service, our successful charity fundraising and our whole school events that contribute to our core HOPE values.
St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form Curriculum Intent
St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form Curriculum Implementation
St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form Curriculum Impact
The curriculum at St Edward’s is a seven-year journey that culminates in the two years of study at Key Stage 5. There are no limits placed on the achievements of our learners. Wider opportunities are provided through our enrichment programme and supra-curriculum. In the Sixth Form, students give back to the community through a programme of Sixth Form community service, charitable acts and student leadership.
At St Edward’s Academy, we know that each student is an individual, with their own personal goals and ambitions. We want to support our students to reach those ambitious goals and fulfil their ambitions. We also know that, in the competitive worlds of higher education and employment, academic qualifications on their own are unlikely to be enough to get our students noticed.
Academic rigour is at the heart of the St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form experience. Learning is supported by excellent teaching. Students are encouraged to explore their own academic interests through extension classes and extended project work, alongside their core academic subjects.
Students are supported to engage wholeheartedly with their academic study and in the wider life of the school. The Sixth Form obtain excellent pass rates at A Level. Form Tutors know each student as an individual, providing them with tailored advice regarding university choices and life after St Edward’s.
The St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form Curriculum has three distinct strands:
Core Curriculum: This is the combination of A Level courses that each student selects to study at our Sixth Form.
Extra Curriculum: These are the additional enriching activities that students engage in outside of their formal school timetable. These activities will prepare students for life beyond school, at university and in the world of work.
Supra Curriculum: This is formally delivered to ensure that learners are extending and deepening their knowledge of the course content that they are studying.
The three strands of the St Edward’s Academy Sixth Form Curriculum help to develop students as well-rounded and impactful members of our community. Additional opportunities provided by the Supra and Extra Curriculum offer support to achieve our HOPE values and help us to ensure that all learners live ‘Life in all its fullness’.
The Sixth Form Curriculum offers:
- a free choice of the subjects on offer (GCSE grades permitting); we don’t limit subject combinations and we build the timetable around student choices, rather than forcing students to work within a constrained selection of subjects
- the choice of studying three subjects and access to a range of additional opportunities that will build the portfolio of skills of each learner – making our students more attractive to universities and employers alike
- small group tuition is timetabled for students resitting English or Maths GCSE. The resit series is determined on an individual basis to meet the needs of each student.
Enrichment opportunities are an essential part of a student’s development. At St Edward’s Academy we provide a wide programme of extra-curricular options. These include sports and enterprise options. Our enrichment programme is tailored to specific career and higher education ambitions.
There is a thriving Sixth Form Prefect and Sixth Form Leadership Team that organises many events. The Sixth Form student leadership team organise a variety of different whole school events and initiatives, including HOPE weeks, the opportunity for the whole school to raise and give to different local charities that are close to our hearts. Sixth Form students also play a lead role in a number of key school events including open evenings, productions and sporting competitions.
In simple terms, a supra-curricular is completed to deepen and extend knowledge of the curriculum. Engagement with the supra-curriculum is useful for many reasons, including (but not limited to) successful university applications. The supra-curricular allows students to increase their wider learning and passion and drive for their chosen specialism.
A supra-curricular activity might be something as simple as reading a book or magazine in a chosen field, following media stories, watching films or reading articles, or even visiting a place that has some connection to the field of study. Sixth Form students benefit froma bespoke supra-curriculum offer with access to expansive resource to engage with. The Sixth Form team have curated resource guidance for each individual student in Years 12 and 13. These include:
- Quality journalism
- Specific videos (eg Ted Talks)
- Books (these resources go beyond recommended textbooks for curriculum courses as students will be engaging with these anyway).
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