St Edward's Church of England Academy

Sixth Form Curriculum

Life in All Its Fullness

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 as much as we can to reach those 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 encouraged to engage wholeheartedly with their academic study.  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 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 or four and, for those who only want to study three, access a range of additional opportunities that will build their portfolio of skills – making our students more attractive to universities and employers alike
  • an enrichment programme that is tailored to specific career and higher education ambitions
  • 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.

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Our Curriculum

The formal school day runs between 8:30am and 3:00pm. All post-16 students are expected to arrive at school before 8.25am for registration. Sixth Form students are encouraged to remain at school for longer than the timetabled school day to receive advice and support from their teachers. A member of the Sixth Form leadership team is available until 6pm each evening.

Students are encouraged to build their capacity as independent learners. To this end, there are additional study rooms available to all Sixth Form students.

When Sixth Form students are free, a number of areas are available to ensure they can further their studies. The study skills room always has a member of staff available to help students with organisation and completing independent work. Students are expected to use this area at least 3 times a week. Students are also encouraged to use the Library or the additional study area where group work can take place. These areas have ICT facilities.

Sixth Form students have their own common room in which to relax and socialise. The common room is a lively social base for all Sixth Form students. This is open before and after school and at break and lunchtime.

At St Edward’s Academy, we guide and assist all our students in making an informed choice about their future education and career path.  We have high aspirations for all our learners and believe there is no ceiling to their achievements and ambitions.

We run a Rising Stars programme for students who are looking for a career in fields such as medicine or dentistry.  This programme supports students in their application to Russell Group universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.  Through this programme, we encourage and aid our students to visit university open days, workshops and subject talks as well as gaining valuable work experience.

St Edward’s students participate in the Scholars Programme, an academic programme run by The Brilliant Club.  The Brilliant Club is an organisation which aims to widen access for outstanding students in non-selective state schools to the United Kingdom’s most selective universities.

The Scholars Programme

  • This is a programme that places university researchers (PhD Tutors) in schools;
  • The PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to groups of six pupils. Many of these researchers are lecturers at university level, so it is a unique opportunity for Sixth Form students to experience university-style teaching;
  • Participants have the opportunity to visit two leading universities before making decisions about applications.

At the end of the programme, students complete a final assignment. They will also receive marking and feedback from their PhD tutor.  This gives participants experience of what life will be like at university.

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.

There is a thriving Sixth Form Prefect and Sixth Form Leadership Team that organises many events.  In December, the Sixth Form leadership team organise our HOPE week, 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.

The Scholars Programme

  • This is a programme that places university researchers (PhD Tutors) in schools;
  • The PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to groups of six pupils. Many of these researchers are lecturers at university level, so it is a unique opportunity for Sixth Form students to experience university-style teaching;
  • Participants have the opportunity to visit two leading universities before making decisions about applications.

At the end of the programme, students complete a final assignment. They will also receive marking and feedback from their PhD tutor.  This gives participants experience of what life will be like at university.

St Edward’s Academy provides extensive support in guiding students through the important choices they need to make post-16, whether they wish to go to university, apprenticeship or employment. This support includes an hour each week dedicated to study of StEP in the Sixth Form.

Experienced staff who know the students well will support the students throughout the university application process, offering advice on everything from choice of subjects and institutions to writing their personal statement. Our Sixth Form leaders also organise special talks and support for those students aiming for Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

The StEP programme also covers PSHE and the mastering skills needed for successful adult life outside of school. Tutors will help you become independent and manage the transition from GCSE to A level.

In addition to the programme of A Level study, all students are expected to complete relevant work experience during their time in the Sixth Form. One week of the Summer term of Year 12 is dedicated to work experience in various settings.  Students have the option of finding their own placement or the school can help facilitate when necessary.