At TWGSB, we carry out a series of activities to support the students in making a successful transition into Sixth Form life and studies. This includes team building activities and study skills sessions on the first day of term, focusing on making strong working relationships with their peers and understanding how to approach the challenges and demands of A level studies.
Furthermore, we hold an Induction Evening for students and parents. This involves a talk by the Sixth Form Pastoral Team and former students on a range of topics such as the assessment process and support in place for students, how to work towards academic success and opportunities to develop a range of skills that are available in our Sixth Form. Sixth Form life is quite different from studying further down in the school and the purpose of this evening is to set out clear expectations from the outset as well as to present the opportunities available to our students.
The talk is accompanied by a ‘Sixth Form Fair’ with a number of stalls representing A level courses and extra-curricular activities. This will include a range of stands including UCAS, the Extended Project Qualification, volunteering opportunities, Young Enterprise, Becoming a Prefect, House Captain or subject mentor and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. There are also stands for each A level subject and an opportunity to informally meet some of the A level teachers and current Year 13 students, with displays of exemplar books and folders, information about trips and how to support your son/daughter in making academic progress on their courses.
Quotes from Students:
To begin with, I was very nervous to enter a new environment, especially a male dominated one, but I settled in so quickly with the boys being so welcoming and friendly. It’s been challenging at times, but overall a great experience.
TWGSB gave me the opportunity to completely turn my life around and saw huge improvements in my grades. During the process I have made some great friends and although I am not looking forward to leaving school, I am excited about starting university. I'm so grateful for all the school has done for me.
My experience at Boys Grammar School has been one of mixed emotions. Overcoming the initial nerves of entering a predominantly male environment I found the boys were sociable and helpful. Tackling A levels is a step up from GCSE and this came as a shock, however my subject teachers were all willing to help. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’m going to miss all of the good friends I’ve made when I head off to University.
I was quite daunted about joining an all boys school especially after being home educated my whole life. However, I settled in and made friends really quickly as all the students and staff were very helpful and accommodating. The staff also went out of their way to offer me support when I went through a tough time which makes it clear this school cares for the individual.
I have been at this school since Year 7, and thanks to the support offered by staff at the school, although I have found studying A levels challenging, I have risen to the challenge and am enjoying my studies. I have also made the most of getting involved with numerous extra-curricular activities as I know this will make my UCAS application stand out.