The Sixth Form at St Laurence School is a vibrant, dynamic and aspirational community where all students are provided with the skills and knowledge to face the future with confidence. There is an excellent track record of success at Key Stage 5 with a high percentage of students progressing to their chosen university and a significant number gaining admission to Oxford and Cambridge.
The Sixth Formers are given more freedom and greater responsibility, but they remain an integral part of the wider school community. Many support students in Key Stage 3 lessons or act as reading buddies or mentors for lower school students. Sixth Formers are also integrated within the School’s vertical tutor system and this enables them to take the lead in supporting their tutor and become role models for younger students within their House. In addition, the Sixth form Committee has an active and important role in the direction and development of the school.
Several educational visits and activities are also available for Sixth Formers, ranging from a History trip to Berlin to visiting Paris with Art and French and from the Senior ski trip to Italy to fundraising for a community based project in rural Romania.
In October, Year 11 students spend the morning in workshops looking at different options after GCSEs. This is followed by an Open Evening and provides an opportunity for students to talk to subject staff about following the different A Level courses available. External students are always welcome to attend the evening event.
In December, students in Year 11 receive application forms for Sixth Form at St Laurence. As part of the interview process, students spend time in A Level lessons to get a feel for life as a Sixth Former. External applicants are also invited visit St Laurence and attend an interview. All internal and external applicants then have a formal interview for a place in the Sixth Form where subject choices are discussed in more detail. Induction days are then held in July shortly after completing GCSE examinations.
In Year 12, students have a weekly lesson to sharpen their study skills which will enable them to succeed in their A Level studies. This time-tabled lesson also provides students with the opportunity to start thinking about life beyond school; students will investigate potential Universities and courses as well as potential apprenticeships, work placements and Gap Years that may be the favoured route into the world of work for some. Towards the end of Year 12, all students attend UCAS events and open days including a visit to a UCAS exhibition and a University visit. We recognise that not all of our students will move on to University and to support this we attend an exhibition and workshop focused on apprenticeships to give the whole sixth form varied and supportive experiences as they contemplate their next steps.
At the start of Year 13, all students take part in a week of Work Experience to broaden their horizons and prepare them for the wider world. On return students are supported by their tutors, subject staff and Mr Blowers with their UCAS applications. A day of mock interviews is provided for students applying for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses. We also invite in external agencies and ex-students to talk to students and parents in order to provide up-to-date information on funding for Higher Education as well as the University application process.
Throughout the Sixth Form, students’ progress is monitored by Mr Blowers; all subject areas complete an assessment within the first half-term of Year 12 and also throughout Year 12 and Year 13. This provides initial information on how the students are adapting to the challenges of Sixth Form life and allows support and guidance to be offered where needed thereafter.
There are several key documents which you can download from this webpage and more information on each subject that we offer can be found in our prospectus. If you would like to find out more about St Laurence Sixth Form or would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Careers Engagement Co-ordinator.
To find out more about joining the Sixth Form at St Laurence School, please see the Admissions to Sixth Form page.
Careers-Information, Advice and Guidance
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