Light Hall Sixth Form Curriculum Offer
Here at Light Hall, we offer a wide range of different A-Level (Level 3) subjects. These include the traditional academic subjects such as English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and History which are taught at GCSE, but also include subjects new to students, such as Psychology and Sociology. It is expected that as our Sixth Form grows, the range of courses will also grow. As such, please check with the relevant Subject Leader or on our website for the most up-to-date information. Students will predominantly choose 3 A-Levels for what is known as their ‘Programme of Study’, complimented by the innovative ‘Academic Studies’ course, a range of extra-curricular activities and the tailored pastoral support. For some students, where this is believed to be the best option, there is the possibility to study 4 A-Levels, dependent on achieving the necessary prerequisites and in agreement with the Head of Sixth Form, student and students’ parents.
Choosing the Programme of Study
Sixth Form learning provides you, the student, with the opportunity to tailor the ‘Programme of Study’ to their interests, intended university course and future career path. However, it is important to note that given the range of subjects available, on very rare occasions, not all combinations will be possible. This means that the Programme of Study is thus decided by the student, their parents and teachers in conjunction with the Head of Sixth Form. With the vast choice also comes a great deal of responsibility. These subjects will be the key to university applications and future careers. To support students in their choices, all applicants will have a chance to discuss their application and their potential A-Levels with the Head of Sixth Form. Entry into the Sixth Form is ultimately always at the discretion of the Head of Sixth Form and subject to a suitable and realistic combination of subjects being available and agreed. Any potential changes to courses will also need the same consultations and permissions.
In Light Hall Sixth Form, our students benefit from both academic and pastoral support throughout their time with us. This includes a dedicated personal tutor along with a Sixth Form Learning Mentor to best support them.
The personal tutors will oversee the personal welfare and academic progress of students throughout Years 12 and 13. They will not only respond to individual student needs but also follow a Sixth Form mentoring programme designed to best support students at key points throughout the year.
Students will benefit from mentoring conversations, individual target setting and action planning, transition and organisation support at the start of year 12 and UCAS advice at the end of year 12 and into year 13. Students will also have individual one to one progress reviews scheduled during their two years to allow time to reflect upon their progress and discuss any personal issues they may be experiencing.
Student progress and well-being are important to extremely important to us here at Light Hall and we will do everything we can to try to ensure that time with is as enjoyable and productive as possible.
For some students, the 16-19 Bursary Fund offers financial support in order for them to purchase books, equipment, uniform, travel passes and meals. The students who are eligible for free school meals or are in care are able to apply for this bursary which is organised through the school. If you believe this applies to you, you will be able to complete the Bursary Fund Application Form on the school website.
In the meantime, to find out more about the 16-19 Bursary, you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
Child Protection & Safeguarding
Here at Light Hall, we are committed to the highest standards of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in our care. We have robust processes and procedures in place to which all staff are trained and adhere to. We recognise that sadly, some students may be the victims of bullying, neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse. As a result of this, sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a young person’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with the young person and their parents/carers or young person first, as appropriate, unless we have reason to believe that such an action would be contrary to the person’s welfare. We will do everything we can to support our students and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of the young person.
For all students, but particularly those with additional needs, starting Sixth Form is an exciting step but can also seem quite daunting. By choosing Light Hall Sixth Form, students will either remain, or become, part of the Light Hall family and like any family, we will continue to support them in their studies, ensuring that they feel safe at all times and can thrive in their education and wider development.
In the Sixth Form, we work hard to promote a balance between the structure that students may have been familiar with in their Key Stage 4 studies, while increasing their independence. Students with special educational needs, disability or long-term illnesses will be given support and some may have
additional support in class. Light Hall Sixth Form will give all students the opportunity to further develop their love of learning and acquire new skills, which they will need for further education or in the world of work, with the help, support and guidance of dedicated staff.
Students will also be supported with the challenges of increased responsibility and have access to a Learning Mentor, who is dedicated to supporting Sixth Form students.
All students at Light Hall are encouraged to be active members of the school community and to be involved in all enrichment activities, clubs and opportunities available. To support this, close home-school links will either continue or be established.
Careers, UCAS & University Preparation
Starting Sixth Form marks the start of life after school and it’s perfectly normal for there to be uncertainty around the options available after school, college, or sixth form. To help students navigate these questions and in preparation for life after school, there is a programme of personalised Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) to empower students so they can realise their ambitions.
Throughout their time in the Sixth Form, there is help available not only through our dedicated personal tutoring programme. This includes support on completing the UCAS forms and personal statements, university visits and open days, careers interviews, work experience placements and a number of guest speakers and presentations. There is also support available to all students from the Sixth Form Learning Mentor.
To help students get started, these Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) links may be of some use in deciding which of the many options are most suitable, from applying to go to university, taking on a gap year, embarking on an apprenticeship, securing an internship or even starting your working career:
For support in researching your options, UCAS advisors have produced this free booklet entitled ‘Turning the Spotlight on yourself’:
Whatever is the most suitable path, sixth form is certainly the time when students should be doing what they can do to help them prepare for the future, [particularly if that means university.
To that end, the Open University (OU) have made a number of short courses available, for free. These courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning. They are also courses that you can mention on your UCAS application.
You can choose an ‘OpenLearn’ course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn. Check out the catalogue below and sign up today:
If, however, university does not offer all that is wanted or needed then perhaps an apprenticeship might and again, with that in mind, Amazing Apprenticeships have created this interactive guide for year 12 and 13 students considering apprenticeships: