Wickersley Sixth Form has a comprehensive pastoral programme that has been carefully designed to prepare students for Sixth Form study and beyond. Our blend of enrichment, work experience and student support ensures that every student receives their own personalised programme of study. The programme runs alongside students’ academic qualifications and is intended to not only hone their study skills, but also develop strength of character that will prepare them for their future in higher education, work or further training. We support our students throughout their studies at Wickersley, and prepare them for their next steps when they leave us. Guest speakers, university residential trips, work experience and HeppSY+ events fully inform our students of the future career pathways open to them.

Our pastoral curriculum is underpinned by the Ready to Learn initiative, and reflects the values of Risk, Resilience, Responsibility and Relationships:

Year 12 Enrichment & Work Experience

All students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of different activities, supplementing their existing studies. These activities are designed to enhance students’ time at Wickersley Sixth Form and develop key skills which will benefit them both in, and outside of the classroom.

Activities include; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, cooking on a budget, teaching, beginners Spanish, and many more.

Our Enrichment programme consists of weekly, timetabled sessions that run all year.

All students are also offered the opportunity to take part in work experience that is relevant to their future career plans.

 

Assembly

Every fortnight, Year 12 students will gather for an assembly delivered by their Head of Year. These assemblies will touch upon a range of themes, and also provide an ideal opportunity for external speakers to address our students on specific issues, such as university and employment opportunities.

 

Form Period/Tutorial

During their form period and tutorial sessions, students will take part in a range of citizenship activities, encouraging them to further participate in the school, local and wider community. Our PSHE programme is delivered through our once-a-week tutorial session, and covers the following topics; alcohol and substance misuse, road safety, driving theory, highway scenarios, healthy relationships, assertive communication, sexuality, contraception, STIs, unintentional pregnancy, sexual exploitation, mental health, work-life balance, first aid (with an opportunity to pursue a first aid qualification). All of our sessions reflect key British values, and instil within students an important sense of ‘what it means to be British’.

Students will also complete a number of tasks intended to improve their study skills, such as organisation and deadline management.

 

One-to-One Meetings

Using the effort and attainment data submitted by their class teachers, all students have a one-to-one meeting with their form tutor several times during the year. During these meetings, students are encouraged to identify areas for development, and set clear, measurable targets. Students’ data is continually tracked, communicated to parents, and reviewed throughout the year.

 

Supervised Study

Each week, students will attend a number of Supervised Study sessions intended to support their academic studies. This structured time gives students the opportunity to work on their classwork, homework or coursework in an academic environment. Although our Sixth Form team is on-hand to provide additional support during these sessions, students are encouraged to plan and facilitate their Supervised Study time independently.

 

Check-In/Out

All our Year 12 students are expected to attend a Check-In and Check-Out session once a week. These sessions provide our students with an excellent opportunity to interact with lower-school students and contribute to the wider school community. As role models, we expect our Year 12 students to take a proactive role during these sessions, and take on a leadership role as the year progresses.

Year 13 Enrichment & Work Experience

All of our Year 13 students have the opportunity to continue their work experience and Enrichment activities in Year 13. Although our Sixth Form team is on-hand to provide support with this, students are encouraged to plan and facilitate their Enrichment and work experience independently, working around their normal, timetabled lessons.

 

Lectures

Each week, students attend a lecture in the Main Hall covering a wide range of topics. These sessions are carefully crafted to reflect the key principles of Ready to Learn; Risk, Resilience, Responsibility and Relationships. They’re designed to increase students’ motivation, organisation, general knowledge and employability – ultimately preparing them for their life during, and after Sixth Form. Lecture themes include; How Can We Use Psychological Theory to Aid Study? How to ‘fail forwards’, Is the U.K. meritocratic? Dealing with Rejection, and many more.

Essential PSHE content will also be delivered during these sessions.

All of our lectures reflect key British values, and instil within students an important sense of ‘what it means to be British’.

 

Tutorial

In Year 12, Tutorial runs from July to December. During Tutorial, students will prepare for their next steps after Sixth Form; higher education, work or further training. A member of the Sixth Form team will guide students through the UCAS application process, or help with identifying and pursuing alternative options. Once completed, student’s Tutorial period will become an additional Supervised Study session.

 

Supervised Study

Each week, students will attend a number of Supervised Study sessions intended to support their academic studies. This structured time gives students the opportunity to work on their classwork, homework or coursework in an academic environment. Although our Sixth Form team is on-hand to provide additional support during these sessions, students are encouraged to plan and facilitate their Supervised Study time independently.

 

One-to-One Meetings

Using the effort and attainment data submitted by their class teachers, students will have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the Sixth Form team several times during the year. During these meetings, students are encouraged to identify areas for development, and set clear, measurable targets.