Heathlands Sixth Form
The Sixth Form has a pre-university style culture with high expectations and challenges, but equally high rewards at the end.
Sixth Formers can be wonderful role models for younger students, we have high expectations of our students. Attendance is monitored closely and procedures are in place to contact parents and carers if there are any concerns.
Sixth Form Facilities
There are allocated sixth form areas which means students can access quiet study as well as communal areas throughout the day, similar to a university style environment. A structured programme of tutorials and progress monitoring helps students to fulfil their potential in chosen specialist areas.
The school is well served by Wi-Fi and communications technology and all students are required to bring in a laptop or similar device. Many subjects make full use of Google Classroom and Google Docs to share resources and undertake tasks.
The School Day
Students in Year 12 and 13 will have a mixed timetable of direct teaching, personal study time and tutorials. The day starts with a Form Time so that tutors can support students daily and distribute necessary information. Depending on the subjects chosen, lessons may be taught directly by a Teacher of the Deaf at Heathlands, some may be within our local consortium school and supported by a Communication Support Worker (CSW). Tutorial sessions will take place at Heathlands.
All students are expected to use their study periods effectively and complete at least five hours of independent study per subject per week – so time management is extremely important.
Pastoral care in the Sixth Form is seen as an extremely important part of our offer as students make the transition from GCSE to Post 16 study and then need full support to make key decisions for their next steps.
Staff can support students with a wide range of issues, from organising workload and folders, to supporting them with personal issues and mental health and support for UCAS and apprenticeship applications.