Welcome to The Archbishop's School
It is my pleasure to be able to introduce you to The Archbishop’s School Sixth Form. Although this booklet does not allow us to cover everything we offer here at the School, it outlines the courses we offer and gives you a glimpse into the exciting and varied environment we have created within the Sixth Form.
We believe we offer a curriculum that can help lead our students to a wide variety of options post 18. Many of our students successfully gain places at their first choice universities. They study a variety of courses at a wide range of establishments including highly competitive universities.
We monitor student progress closely and feel that early intervention and a pro-active approach towards tackling problems are key to helping make the Sixth Form a successful two years for them. The small class sizes, the regular one to one mentoring sessions that they receive, the friendly nature of the school together with the Christian ethos that underpins what we do, means that we feel confident to say that your child will feel very much at home with us.
As well as the close attention we pay to academic progress, we also place a high value in preparing our students for the world of work. Your child will have the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive package of work related learning throughout their time with us. We feel our continued achievement of the Investor in Careers Award is testament to the importance we place of providing students with opportunities of this type. Alongside this award, we are now officially recognised as the district’s beacon school for employability skills education provision, having achieved the Kent County Council award last summer
We have created an environment where students pro-actively seek to better their C.Vs through a range of practical activities. Students are also provided with the opportunities to hear from regular visiting speakers from the world of work who come and share with us their experiences and allow for our students to gain an understanding of what happens once they have left us. Bespoke qualifications, careers information, ICT software and other such things are all included in the programme of study that we feels prepares them for their future.
Following on from this page you will hear from some of our Sixth Form students about their experiences here at Archbishop’s. We feel that our most powerful advocates are our students themselves and would strongly encourage you to speak with them this evening to find out just what they have gained from being with us.
What makes us different?
Despite having the opportunities to go elsewhere for our further education after completing our GCSE’s, we decided to stay here at the Archbishops school and it has definitely been the right decision for us. Having been pupils at the school since year 7 we knew the staff well and how supportive they were in helping us reach our potential. This factor along with the caring community feel of the school we had experienced were two main reasons we decided to stay.
With a smaller sixth form we were able to form more personal relationships with the teachers and mentors which has been great as they have advised us throughout our time here and are now helping us prepare for our next steps. In regular mentor meetings we are able to talk through any queries or concerns we may have about any area of sixth form life and we are able to check our progress and see what we need to do to improve. All of our subject teachers are always happy to give up their free time if we need help with any of our work.
‘Preparing you for your future’ is the aim of this sixth form. We have been provided with tools to help build our CVs and interview skills to prepare us for further education and ultimately the world of work. There are also a wide range of opportunities for us to take part in in order to gain new and valuable experiences. For example, many new groups and societies are often being set up by pupils, with assistance from teachers initially, giving pupils the chance to be responsible for something of their own. One most recent group to be formed is STEM who organise opportunities for students interested in maths, sciences and engineering to learn about working in that area from professionals. Volunteering is greatly encouraged and is another great way to prepare you for your future. There are plenty of ways to do it whether it’s helping out with lessons lower down in the school or reading at St Stephens Junior School, organising events or something else outside school.
There are so many opportunities to be involved in exciting projects and activities. Many of our friends are undertaking a D of E Gold qualification through the school and others are doing the National Citizens Service programme
In addition to the academic and extra-curricular opportunities there are also a number of social events we are able to enjoy. We have a regular sixth form quiz, movie nights, trips to places like winter wonderland and many more. These events and activities are a welcome break from work and are great for building friendships and creating a closer knit community within the sixth form.
We hope you have enjoyed looking at our sixth form in more detail and will choose to join us next year.