George Abbot Sixth Form is passionate about providing students with a wide range of experiences and skills to complement their academic journey. We know that this is also valued highly in further education and improves our students’ employability. As well as being offered a range of enrichment opportunities within academic curriculum time, we have also developed a programme which is offered across the Sixth Form.
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.
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.
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.