Welcome to Sixth Sense !
At this stage in Year 11 you will be considering your possible options. The one which makes the most sense for an increasingly large number of you from John Kyrle and other schools will be to join us in the Sixth Form. This booklet is designed to give you as much information as you need about Years 12 and 13 and the possible courses. Read it and think things over. Talk to your parents. Talk to your Tutor. Talk to people you know in the 6th Form already. Talk to the staff who’ll take your courses. Talk to Mr Wallace or any of the 6th Form Tutors. This is your future, so think carefully before you make your decision.
What is life like in the 6th Form?
How many subjects do you do?
You usually take 4 courses in Year 12. These are AS levels or Vocational courses. In Year 13 you generally reduce the number you take to 3.
How much time is spent in lessons?
Each Advanced Supplementary course is taught for nine hours a fortnight and Health & Social Care Double Award is eighteen hours.
What do you do for the rest of your time?
Students use non lesson time for studying. There is a study room, a quiet area and, of course plenty of ICT facilities. Many students use subject specific rooms for art and technology.
Do you get free periods?
Yes, students choose 2 periods as free. You can play pool, table tennis, put music on, have coffee, chat and so on. We have the best common room facility in the county!
What else in on offer in the 6th Form?
We run Young Enterprise, a scheme where you can start and run your own business (remember Pop Idol?). We also get involved in Lower School, as Year 7 Tutor Group helpers or as buddies on the reading scheme. You may well have seen copies of our student newspaper. We do lots of fundraising and 6th Formers are often asked to help out showing guests around the school and so on. There are many social events and dinners, e.g. the Christmas bash at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Are we treated differently?
Yes. The Sixth Form are the school’s senior pupils. You set an example to younger kids. Also, staff treat you much more as adults and when students start in the 6th Form they often say that this is the biggest difference.