Welcome to the Sixth Form at The Skinners` School
The Sixth Form should be the most challenging and enjoyable time you spend at school. Challenging as the work will get progressively harder and there will be increasing demands on you, enjoyable as you are no longer in compulsory education but have chosen to accept a place with us and study the A-Levels that you are best at and enjoy the most.
Nearly all our students will make a UCAS application to the more selecting universities. Supporting students in this and in making the transition from being pupils at school to being ready to embark on undergraduate courses, forms a key part of our pastoral programme.
The minimum entrance requirement for our Sixth Form is 5 grade Bs at GCSE including Mathematics and English to be achieved before starting AS-Level courses. Naturally, we would prefer an A grade for the subjects to be studied at AS-Level, more on this is covered in the subject information section.
We offer a traditional post 16 programme: we value academic achievement, have the highest expectations of our students and encourage wide participation in a range of extra-curricular opportunities. We have a uniform code and expect our students to be punctual and to lead the rest of the school by example. Our Sixth Form students are bright, motivated and involved. We value their views and seek and expect their support in many day to day activities that help with the smooth running of the School.
Through our stimulating yet supportive and friendly environment we aim to produce not only well qualified students but also well-informed and reflective world citizens who recognize the significance of personal and corporate responsibility as members of a global community.
If this sounds like the Sixth Form experience you are looking for then you will enjoy the two years at Skinners’ and we look forward to receiving your application. A copy of our sixth form prospectus can be found here.
In Year 12 students select four subjects to be studied to AS-Level. At the end of the year most students will then choose to continue with three of these subjects to be studied at A2 Level in Year 13 which leads to the full A–Level qualification.
In addition all students in Year 12 and Year 13 will follow a compulsory issues based course known as ‘Civics’. Through this students explore contemporary issues, critical thinking and PSHE topics.
Wednesday afternoon is Games afternoon. A range of activities are available in and out of school. Our major team sports are Rugby Union, Hockey and Cricket.
Registration takes place in form groups. There are five forms in Year 12 and five in Year 13 each comprising about twenty students. Form tutors usually stay with their groups for the two years so they get to know their tutees very well indeed and in most cases will write their academic reference. Sixth form assemblies occur weekly and are led by the Head of Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Accommodation
Lessons take place in specialist subject teaching rooms. However the Sixth Form also enjoy their own common room and work room. The common room is an area of social space where refreshments are available. The work room is a silent area for individual work where computers with internet access are provided.
The Sixth Form Open Evening is held 4 October 2007 at the same time as the whole school open evening - please telephone Mr Fleming at the school to make an appoitment. Students who are considering making an application are warmly invited to attend on that evening.
To apply please either complete the application form and send it to the school office marked for the attention of Mr Craig Fleming, Head of Sixth Form or contact the school office on 01892 520732. A copy of the application form can be found here.