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Beyond the Sixth Form Curriculum

Beyond the Sixth Form Curriculum

In addition to dedicated lessons and activities set in class, sixth form students will also be set challenging and meaningful home learning and independent study tasks designed to consolidate and enhance their learning and understanding.  Retrieval tests, quizzes and past paper questions will be administered frequently and will ensure that both students and staff have an accurate picture of achievement and clear evidence to guide improvement.

The sixth form area is a space dedicated to independent study and social activities for Year 12 and 13 students.  Student leaders will take a key role in maintaining this space and deciding how it is used.  

Supporting A-level study

Maintaining Pinner High School’s culture of high expectations and achievement is dependent upon regular contact and support for our students.  In addition to daily form time activities and regular one to one meetings with tutors, students will also attend weekly assemblies and information sessions. 

Our programme of PSHCE and guest speakers will be carefully coordinated to ensure that the needs of our students, and the issues they are passionate about, are given priority.  In PSHCE sessions students will deepen their knowledge and awareness of social, political and economic issues at both a local and global level. In addition to developing their understanding of how to stay safe and prioritise their wellbeing, Year 13 students will also learn essential survival skills that will serve them well for university and beyond.  Yes, that does mean learning how to cook, manage your finances and do laundry,

Our programme of guest speakers will not solely focus on academic matters, but rather will include information relating to health, wellbeing, charity and entrepreneurship.  The Sixth Form Committee and student leaders will be heavily involved in this organising and facilitating this aspect of the Pinner High Sixth Form.

To support the induction of our sixth form students, all Year 11 pupils will have access to a bridging programme which will equip them with information, guidance and resources to smoothen their transition to A-level study. Throughout Year 12 and Year 13, we will also provide regular opportunities for students to refresh their revision skills and retrieval-practice. Given the nature of assessment at A-level it is paramount that students build their exam confidence. We are confident that regular and meaningful recap activities will enable students to both strengthen their knowledge and address any gaps. We seek to actively encourage an ethos of honest communication between teachers and students; we will update parents and carers regularly with information regarding their child’s progress and achievements.

Sixth form leadership

We are extremely confident that our academic programmes will ensure that all students feel stretched, challenged and fulfilled intellectually.  Via PSHCE, pastoral programmes and leadership opportunities, we will further encourage students to look beyond themselves and give back to both the school and the wider community. 

The Pinner High School values of Myself, My School and My Community become even more pertinent in the sixth form when the trailblazers take on further roles of responsibility. Crucially, Y10 and 11 students will be involved in deciding which positions of responsibility and leadership opportunities they would like to see in the sixth form.  Our aim is to ensure that our students can develop essential interpersonal and leadership skills that prepare them for university and beyond.

We will expect all students to dedicate at least one period a week to school service: this could include one or more of the following and some may count towards service/volunteering hours for DofE awards:

  • Sixth Form Leadership Team: Head and Deputy Head Students, Subcommittee chairs

  • Academic mentoring for Key Stage 3 and 4 students

  • Mentoring younger students

  • In-class subject support

  • Running your own extra-curricular/super-curricular activity, club or society. This could be any aspect of the Head's Challenge programme; academic, sport, musical, design or craft-related.

  • Charity and volunteering projects within the local community

  • Work experience at local primary schools

  • Student panel participation

  • Library support