Supporting Your Child


It is important that for Higher Education information and guidance parents and students visit the UCAS website at www.ucas.com. Look at potential courses offered by different universities and ensure that the subject choices made will lead to planned destinations. Students will be instructed on how to access the UCAS website in the spring term.

There are two aspects of the UCAS website that we would encourage you and your child to explore together; 1 - Getting Started and 2 -Find a Course

The UCAS website can be accessed from www.ucas.com

Other useful websites 

Apprenticeships. Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary, inside some of Britain’s best companies.   www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Unistats is the UK's official website for students who want to make informed decisions about where and what to study.    unistats.direct.gov.uk

Which University - The free & independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities from Which?   university.which.co.uk

Russell Group – This is a group of leading UK universities that produce an excellent guide, called 'Informed Choices' for matching appropriate A Level choices to particular degrees.  The guide can be accessed from russellgroup.ac.uk

E-safety 

E-safety and correct online etiquette is essential in today’s digital world.  Students are taught from Year 7 about avoiding the pitfalls and how to keep safe online.  For many Sixth Form students, they too need to be reminded of the issues and how to avoid them.  Please engage your child in dialogue about this.  Guidelines to support you on e-safety are available from school on request.

Outside Commitments

We recognise that many students will seek part-time employment during their time in the Sixth Form and indeed this forms an important role in developing a sense of responsibility leading to reward. 

Please remember that the key focus at this time is study and academic success and therefore we advise no more than eight hours a week be spent in employment. 

Private Study

All students are to be on site during independent study periods.  They will need to complete a significant amount of private study, typically this is around 4 to 5 hours per week, per subject. 

They are advised to create a study plan for all assignments to ensure that they are handed in on time.  To support you child in school, we have excellent facilities to support private and independent study and they are encouraged to make the most of these.