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 study skills sessions on the first day of term and team-building activities in the first week, 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 early September. 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 includes a range of stands including UCAS, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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, 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.
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.
TWGSB has been a fantastic school for our son. We have seen him develop, mature and flourish as a result of the grounded support he has had from all of the staff at the school.