Welcome to The Victory Academy
Thank you for your interest in The Victory Academy Sixth Form. The Victory Academy is an exciting and unique place to study. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is innovative, mature, vibrant, focused and supportive. We are committed to promoting a culture of learning and personal growth so all the students that study with us feel part of a community where they are both challenged and encouraged to achieve beyond expectations.
The Victory Academy Sixth Form Centre is located in a new building in Magpie Hall Road. There are exceptional cutting-edge facilities for all, with £2.3m having been allocated to new technologies in all subjects; providing first-rate opportunities for interactive learning in class and for independent study.
There are many reasons why young people choose to further their education. For most, it is the best way to secure a place at University, for others sixth form study will help them gain more confidence and experience before they take up a career. Whatever your goal - our goal is to ensure that the experience of post 16 education is tailored to suit your needs. We provide both academic and vocational qualifications; AS and A level alongside level 3 BTEC courses. Students may decide to choose one type of qualification or study a combination. You will have a pathway consultation at interview to help you with the process of choosing the courses that will be right for you.
The Sixth Form Centre reflects the Christian ethos of the Academy. There is a commitment to life-long learning and high aspirations for all. In the sixth form we work in a mature adult environment of mutual respect and co-operation. Many of the structures and protocols we have in place emulate those you may find in the workplace or in higher education establishments. As a young adult, you will be expected to take on additional responsibilities particularly in terms of developing strengths in self-discipline, self-reliance and independence.
- Have respect for ourselves and our community
- Have pride in ourselves and our community
- Have belief in ourselves and our community
- Aspire and endeavour to achieve our personal best
We aim to provide a high standard of education in which all students can achieve their full potential.
We will endeavour to help you:
- Acquire a love of learning through the development of knowledge, skills, qualifications and the achievement of personal goals;
- Develop your confidence, independence and a positive 'can do' attitude;
- Develop your creativity, imagination and pride in your work;
- Demonstrate personal responsibility in your relationships through understanding, tolerance and respect;
- Work in a friendly and caring environment;
- Experience a range of opportunities to support your learning and personal development;
- Seek appropriate support and guidance;
- Foster and strengthen links between the Academy, home and the community;
- Establish and maintain links with the world of work, learning providers and higher education estblishments.
As a young adult in a professional environment, you will be expected to dress appropriately as for an office workspace. This is usually a suit with shirt and tie or blouse.
We are extremely proud of our sixth form and will expect you, as a member, to uphold the Academy's ethos; in your attitude to study, relationships with staff, peers and the younger students around the Academy.
You are welcome to apply for our Sixth Form if you genuinely wish to make a commitment to further study. We know that motivation and real determination to suceed are as important as good grades when preparing for advance study.
There are however entry requirements:
- Students should have at least five A* - C grades at GCSE, including English and Mathematics
- Ideally a B grade in your chosen subjects, or equivalent
- You will also need to check specific requirements for subjects.
Students that apply for the Bishop of Rochester Academy Sixth Form will be offered an interview and a pathway consultation in the spring term.
At interview we will be looking for the following:
- GCSE prdictions of 5 or more A*-C grades
- Good punctuality
- 92% and above attendance record
- A good reference from your school
If you do well at interview you will be offered a conditional place and we will do our best to fit you into courses of your choice. Please note however, that each subject is dependent upon enough students applying to make the course viable.
In accepting a place, students are expected to attend regularly, be punctual, meet coursework deadlines and adhere to the dress code. We also expect students to value the opportunity to become independent learners whilst participating in the wider aspects of school life.
The amenities provided at The Victory Academy Sixth Form Centre enhance the whole experience of sixth form life. We have a spacious area with numerous interactive ICT and wireless enabled facilities, with hi-tech media, music, technology and science labatories where students are able to meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum. The study room and Library provide a calm space for reflection and quiet study or reading, while the common room provides a kitchen area for snack and tea or coffee making facilities, with an area for socialising and games; pool, chess etc. There is a Sixth Form Administrator who will be able to answer any queries or support for students throughout the day.
The Academy itself boasts excellent facilities for sports including an all weather 3G pitch, a fully equipped weights gym and extensive playing fields.
All students will find the step up from level two (GCSE) courses to the demands of Level 3 (A Level or BTEC) courses noticeable. It is vital therefore that a close eye is kept on student progress throughout the year. All students are set a subject target and work is monitored against these , along with effort, attitude and commitment. Twice a year you will take part in a review process called an IPR, an Individual Progress Review with your tutor and / or the Director of Sixth form. This is a time to reflect on your progress and take positive action to set yourself objectives for achievement. An IPR can be triggered by referrals from subject teachers if they are concerned by missed deadlines, lack of class or homework or a poor performance in class. This will mean that any problems can be dealt with quickly. Most students find the IPR extremely valuable and often request a review to help them get back on track.
Study skills form an important part of student development at a higher level of study. Tutors will work with students on strategies to support learning during our daily mentoring session. Careers guidance and applications for university, apprenticeships and work take place during this time. Additional personal development courses are also providedl this includes enterprise days with out business partners and aspirational days revolving around individual career ambitions. Visits to universities and work places form an important part of this personal development.
Students facing financial hardship and who may struggle with the costs of full time education or training may be eligible for a sixth form bursary which can be used for course related costs such as books, meals, equipment, uniform, trips and transport.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Victory Academy directly.