W6 is the Sixth Form at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy. W6 is committed to excellent teaching with personalised learning, focused support and brilliant pastoral support and care.
Respect and tolerance are at the forefront of all we do in the sixth form where students feel secure and happy. All students are encouraged to make a positive contribution, achieve economic wellbeing and participate in social events. We expect all students to work hard and take responsibility for their own learning.
You will be offered new challenges and opportunities to extend and enhance your experience through our exciting enrichment programme, as we help you to bridge the gap between sixth form and your chosen course in higher education or the world of employment.
We cultivate a work ethic that will enable you to complete your studies successfully and fulfil your individual potential. To this end, we will take particular care over the combination of subjects and the specific courses you choose and will monitor your progress very carefully.
You don’t have to be in college all day, every day. You will need to be here all day up until October half-term. At that point every student is able to work at home during their non-contact periods. Of course, students who need to work on their progress and attendance will work in college during their free periods.
If you are on track in your courses and have good attendance, you will be given Home Study which will allow you to sign out when you don’t have lessons or tutor time.
In the old days, you may remember that we had tutor groups with a mix of students from year 7 through to year 13. We recognise that the needs of our sixth form students is very different to those of our younger students. With that in mind we have tutors groups with a mix of just years 12 and 13 students. This will give you, your fellow sixth formers and your tutor an opportunity to talk about things that matter to you. That could be university, careers, politics, the world, whatever. Tutor time is here to help support you and expand your mind at the same time.
We still encourage you to spend some time reading. If you are thinking of moving on to work or university, it is critical that you are well-read and read around the subjects you study.
It is a compulsory part of your day (further conversations about tutor time and home study leave can be had with your tutor or any member of the W6 leadership team)
There is one formal tutor time each week, and the four remaining sessions will be academic mentoring. In those sessions you will meet with your tutor, one-to-one and discuss your progress, any challenges you are facing and how to make the most of your time at college.
Look smart, make sensible choices.
We don’t have a uniform in sixth form and we try to be as flexible as we can. The dress code is “look smart, make sensible choices” so you need to think about what you choose to wear and whether it would be suitable in the professional work place. It gives you great training for the future, whether that is for work now or for later in your life.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While you are in sixth form we seek to give you excellent teaching in your subject. In addition to that we believe it is important to have a weekly opportunity to participate in extra curricular activities. Enrichment is on everyone’s timetables and there is usually one 100 minute session each week for year 12 and year 13.
Every student will be responsible for logging 100 minutes of enrichment each week. Some of the activities will be organised talks and events, such as UCAS and careers speakers. Others will be things such as peer mentoring, working on the radio station, volunteering or helping in the sixth form or main academy. Most of the time, how you fill your enrichment time is up to you. It’s about building your skills for the next step in your life and career. It also gives you an opportunity to work on things that will make your UCAS application even more interesting.
All students are expected to participate in enrichment – it forms part of your weekly allocated hours. It’s good for you. Get involved.