What Can I Do Next?
On completion of Year Eleven at School you have reached the end of compulsory education and you have to make a decision about what you want to do next. The main options are:-
- To stay in full time education within the Sixth Form.
- To stay in full-time education but transfer to college of further education.
- To look for a job.
- To look for vocational training within a Modern Apprenticeship (you need four GCSEs, grades A*-C). Your Careers Officer will have further information.
- To apply for a vocational Youth Traineeship (no formal qualifications). Your Careers Officer will have further information.
What Are My Choices In The Sixth Form?
There will be three different types of course available in the Sixth Form next year. There is flexibility between some of the courses which gives students the opportunity of negotiating a study programme to suit their individual needs. The three types of course are:-
- Two year Level Three courses (See Section One)
- One year Level Two courses (See Section Two) and GCSE Re-sits
- All students take part in Post-16 Enrichment courses (See Section Three)
Sixth Form Admission Criteria
The Governing Body of Amersham School has adopted the following Sixth Form Admissions Criteria:-
- Students should attain at least five or more grades A* - C at GCSE to study Level 3 courses. Students are encouraged to study four 'AS' levels or equivalent. Some subjects, eg Mathematics, may demand that students achieve A*/A grade at GCSE.
- If students have achieved five or more GCSEs at A* - G, they may study Level 2 courses, together with re-sit English/Mathematics if appropriate
- As with applications from students currently attending the School, the previous history of a prospective student will be taken into account when considering an application. Criteria such as attitude to work, behaviour, attendance and relationship with staff and other pupils will be used. This information will normally be collected by references.
- In the event of over subscription of the places on the criteria above, priority will be given to students already on school roll.
Please note: If a course does not attract sufficient numbers, we cannot guarantee that it will run.
Life In The Sixth Form
We have high expectations of achievement, effort and conduct. We are justifiably confident that when you leave to go on to Higher Education or work you will feel fully able to participate in, enjoy and succeed in a huge variety of opportunities which will then be available to you.
You will be divided into six tutor groups. Your tutor plays a vital role in ensuring that you make the most of your time in the Sixth form, monitoring your effort and attainment, setting targets and encouraging you. Your teaching groups will be smaller, anything from 6 - 20 which enables you to have a closer and more mature working relationship with your teacher.
You will have access to the Sixth Form Common Room and a donation to the Sixth Form fund is requested at the beginning of each year to help with maintaining and improving facilities.
You will be accepted in the Sixth Form, because the staff feel that you are capable of adopting a sensible and mature approach to your studies. It is up to you, with support from the staff, to develop the right study habits and use your time purposefully.
The School Library is available for quiet studying and you will be expected to become a regular visitor!
Each Level 3 course requires approximately five hours per week of individual study. To manage these demands you will need to be organised and should avoid working too many hours in paid employment. We recommend no more than eight hours per week for part time work.
Full attendance and punctuality are expected. You still have to provide a letter explaining absences. When you are in Year Thirteen, you are given the privilege of 'home study' during the day but until then you should be in School from 8.45 am till 3.30 pm each day.
If you leave the site during the day you should use the Sixth Form signing in/out system.
Being a Sixth Former at Amersham School means that you will be treated as a young adult, a senior student of the school and we expect you to demonstrate maturity, responsibility and leadership. We have high expectations of standards of courtesy towards each other, towards pupils and staff. You are the role models for the younger pupils and will play a very significant part in helping to create and maintain a harmonious atmosphere within the school community.
As part of the ‘Aimhigher’ group in Buckinghamshire we have links with Bucks Chiltern University and Oxford Brooks and we work closely with these institutions to encourage students to fulfil their potential. All Year 12 (Level 3) students follow a progression module which helps them to understand more about post-18 choices.
Although most of our Sixth Formers carry out some extra responsibilities, there are a number of elected students who will be Prefects and Senior Prefects consisting of Head Girl, Head Boy and Deputies. Some students are involved in organising Social Events throughout the year, which are always well supported and great fun.
As well as many subject based trips and lectures there is a tradition of a cultural trip, each February, to either Europe or America. These have always proved tremendously enjoyable, eventful and exhausting!
The Sixth Form will be a demanding phase of your education. You will be supported each step of the way by all the subject staff, the team of Sixth Form tutors and Head of Sixth Form. This support may take the form of giving advice, listening to problems, contacting parents or outside agencies and even occasional nagging or ticking off. Sometimes you may even appear on Mrs Carpenter's 'hit list' - not a pleasant experience!
Every year we have students join the Sixth Form from other local schools, other areas and other countries. Every one of them has commented on the friendly and supportive environment in Amersham School Sixth Form. Staff and students are always welcoming and helpful. If you are thinking of doing the same, come and spend a day with us this summer and see for yourself.
Past students of Amersham School Sixth Form have succeeded in many different walks of life and it always gives us great pleasure when we hear of their achievements. They have left our Sixth Form as confident and capable young people who have a wealth of opportunities available to them.
We can guarantee to give you our time, support, encouragement and expertise ..................the rest is up to you!