|Feature Lecture Programme||A range of lectures and seminars designed to broaden students’ knowledge in a range of areas including study skills, time management, revision techniques and various topical, social and cultural issues.|
|Work Experience Week||Students engage in a week of work experience in the Summer Term of Year 12.|
|Higher Education Conference
|Students attend an event designed to give them the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from over 160 higher education institutions and gap year providers from all over the UK. In addition to this there will be generic presentations on key areas, such as applying to university and student finance.|
|Next Steps Week||Students engage in a week of planning and preparation for post school options.|
|Advanced Study Skills & Critical Analysis
|A school designed course that teaches skills rather than content. It develops the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments and can support thinking skills in all subject areas. It is excellent preparation for students wishing to progress onto Higher Education.|
|Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)||The extended project is a single piece of work focused on an area of academic interest requiring a high degree of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. It is recognised by Universities as excellent preparation for writing a dissertation and therefore some Universities will reduce the grades required for entry if students have completed this qualification. Students must also complete the Advanced Study Skills & Critical Analysis course if wishing to complete the EPQ.|
|Core Maths||A course designed to support students who want to study Maths related subjects but are not able to meet the requirements of A level Maths. This course is the equivalent of an AS qualification.|
|Sports Leaders Award||Provides additional skills and experience for those wanting to deliver sport. The course also includes a detailed understanding and delivery of sports leadership, leading sessions to improve fitness and experience of planning and delivering a sporting event. Please note this option does involve an application process.|
|Duke of Edinburgh Award
|Duke of Edinburgh awards are the leading youth achievement award in the country. The awards allow students to push personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance their CVs and university applications. We offer the opportunity to work towards the achievement of the Silver and Gold awards in the Sixth Form. Please note this option does involve an application process.|
|Peer Mentoring||Supporting students in younger year groups with emotional, social or behavioural issues. Please note this option requires an application process and training.|
|Peer Tutoring||Where students are paid to support younger students in English or Maths skills. Please note this option requires an application process and training.|
|Extra-curricular clubs & events||Students can support or engage in a range of clubs & teams including Sport, Drama, Music and the Arts.|
This programme is kept constantly under review to ensure that it remains fresh and relevant and provides the best possible experience for students. The table above illustrates the types of enrichment opportunities currently available to students. They are expected to complete the compulsory element of the programme plus a minimum of one other option.
High quality pastoral care is at the heart of what we do at George Abbot. The Sixth Form’s Pastoral Team oversee the academic and pastoral progress of every student and offer additional leadership to the team of Personal Tutors. Each year group has its own dedicated Head of Year who has responsibility for the welfare and safety of each student. Students with more complex pastoral needs are additionally supported by our Youth Workers and Counselling team, and SEND team.
Each student will be assigned a Personal Tutor. The primary role of the tutor is to build positive relationships and they are the students’ first point of contact for their welfare and progress. They also play an important role in guiding students towards their next steps beyond the Sixth Form and playing a crucial role in providing insightful references through their close relationship with the students. Students will have morning whole group tutorial sessions with their tutor as well as regular one to one meetings to set targets and monitor progress and well-being.
We believe Student Voice to be a crucial part of how we shape our community. Listening to students and valuing their contributions is an intrinsic part of how we organise and monitor our school. We have a variety of opportunities within the Sixth Form through which students can play a leading role in gathering Student Voice and shaping our community. We have a Student Leadership Team in both Year 12 and 13 that includes Head Students, Student Representatives, House Representatives for the different houses in our house system and also Subject Representatives. Students in these roles actively engage in organising and supporting a huge number of key events and initiatives in the Sixth Form to continue to improve the experience we offer.
George Abbot students have the opportunity to be guided by us through the application for the 16-19 bursary scheme. Students can gain support, through this scheme, for travel, food costs and also to assist with one off costs for educational activities and expenses. A designated member of the Sixth Form team is responsible for monitoring students who meet the criteria throughout their time here to offer support and guidance.