Welcome to Brompton Academy
Brompton Academy and its Lead Sponser, the University of Kent (UoK), invite you to consider our ambitious and exciting Sixth Form offer. Secure in the OFSTED 'Good' rating for Brompton Academy, we now offer an extensive range of options coupled with excellent facilities and state of the art Apple technology in our inspiring new building.
At Brompton Academy we lay the foundations for our young people to enter into successful career and learning pathways; as such we offer a range of courses for those who wish to go on to university or follow alternative routes such as apprenticeships or employment. These are within the family setting of the Franklin Sixth Form, with its tailored, wrap around package of personal support and guidance, alongside learning.
We offer a broad range of Level 3 qualifications; in both A level and BTEC options. The expectation is that over Years 12 and 13, students will undertake at least 3 A Levels or equivalent and, if necessary, retake Maths and/or English in order to achieve a grade ‘C’ or higher.
Franklin Sixth Form education at Brompton Academy is forward-thinking and exciting; it's your chance to build on your level 2 GCSE and BTEC successes and consider the options for your future careers.
Our partnership with the University of Kent enables us to offer exclusive and exciting opportunities to engage with Higher Education, unlike any other provider. Curriculum input by UoK lecturers and undergraduates, along with study skill support and unparalleled access to UoK facilities, means that Brompton Academy students gain a unique insight into the world of Higher Education.
- The Academy starts a new era of learning from September 2013 with state of the art facilities and a world-class technological infrastructure built around Apple educational programmes coupled with the freedom provided through hand held mobile devices. The new Academy is equiped for learning in the 21st century and students will benefit from working in a modern, inspiring and positive learning environment
- Self contained common room in the Franklin Sixth Form Centre for student use only
Brompton Academy is unique in having a dynamic sponsor who connects our post 16 students with the University programmes and undergraduate facilities based at the Medway University campus. This unique partnership with the University of Kent enables the Academy to offer exclusive and exciting opportunities to engage with Higher Education, unlike any other provider. Curriculum input by the University of Kent lecturers and undergraduates, along with study skill support and unparalleled access to the University of Kent facilities means that Academy students' gain an exclusive insight into the world of Higher Education
Students are encouraged to realise their full potential, we monitor progress closely and so students will receive:
- Regular ono-to-one meetings with their Personal tutor to discuss all aspects of their learning
- Termly data reports (6 times a year) showing progress against individual targets
- Parent/carer evenings
- Full written report
In order to help with learning, students are allocated time for Independent Study during which they undertake structured research on topics set by their subject teachers.
Students are provided with their own iPads for use at the Academy and at home. Both students and staff can be confident that the latest technology is made availiable to enhance teaching and learning.
Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who plays a key role in supporting students throughout their time at the Academy. Individual meetings take place every three weeks to develop a positive mentoring relationship that provides a more personal approach to supporting students' learning. Students also make use of the Academy e-mail system to access this support.
Personal and Professional Development
All students continue to follow the innovative and bespoke Brompton Academy programme of Personal and Professional Development (PPD). Sessions are focused around the areas of Citizenship and PSHE. PPD also covers key areas such as ethics and moral choices, current affairs and politics. Students are provided with various opportunities and scenarios to enable them to develop their own views and be able to make and justify their decisions.
As part of the PPD programme, students are offered the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. The programme has been successful in enhancing school learning and achievement, securing personal and social development and encouraging good citizenship. The Award is recognised internationally and is well regarded by Higher Education establishments and employers.
University of Kent Mentoring Programme
All Sixth Form students are allocated a UoK mentor who will meet with them during the academic year, providing them with an excellent link to a young adult whose own experience has led them into university. These specifically trained mentors deliver a programme including study skills, preparing a CV and UCAS application, which finishes with a visit to the UoK campus at Canterbury to show Franklin Sixth Form students what university life really is like.
Applying to University
We have an excellent programme of support to assist students with making the decision that will affect the rest of their lives.
Higher Education and UCAS advice and guidance
We offer students, parents and carers a suuportive and structured approach to make a successful application to University. In Year 12, we explore the variety of courses on offer and begin to select which programmes and which universities students may wish to attend. This is supported by visits to university open days, campus access and input from external providers.
Towards the end of Year 12 we begin the application for UCAS including writing the personal statement, which for many students is the hardest part of the application process. At the start of Year 13 we complete the application process and send off the finalised forms. We then progress onto the next stage which includes supporting students through university interviews and deciding which offers students might accept.
Alongside this, we also offer support meetings for parents and carers including information relating to the financial implications of Higher Education.
Independent Careers Education and Guidance
Our Academy Careers Officer is available to advise and inform students regarding possible career choices that they make make after joining Sixth Form. Support is given by the Careers Officer and Connexions Advisor, who offer practical support for applications, deliver one to one mentoring and also run group workshops. They have the skills and knowledge to be able to offer advice and help students consider their options once Sixth Form learning is completed.
In April each year, we attend the Higher Education Convention held at the University of Kent. Over 130 exhibitions from across the country attend the fair enabling students to find out about different courses, student finance, fees and gap year opportunities.
Students can also undertake work experience in Sixth Form - this is a high quality placement which is specific to the individual and directly related to their future apsiration.
All Franklin Sixth Form students are role models to our younger students and as such there are many opportunities to take on positions of responsibility; for example many Peer Mentors trained in younger years at the Academy continue their work into Sixth Form. Students also work with younger students in lessons to support their learning.
Sixth Form focuses on fostering students' life skills, forging and enhancing professional working relationships with staff and developing students as independent young adults. Our emphasis is on nurturing the strengths and talents of all our students so that they evolve as successful learners, confident individuals and aspiring leaders. Our aim is to encourage students to realise and appreciate that education is not simply about gaining qualifications but about developing the whole person, and laying the foundations of the principles for lifelong learning.
World of Work
The World of Work (WoW) programme allows students the opportunity to apply for positions within the Academy. Students can earn a regular income, develop new skills and experiences in the setting of a real workplace. The WoW programme is tailored to enhance a CV or UCAS application.
Jobs are advertised and students go through a formal application and interview process which may result in a job offer. Successful applicants start their work placement under the normal conditions of any Academy employee. Students in these positions work for 4 hours a week, but can also apply for sessional positions that become available through the academic year, assisiting at events in the evenings, at weekends and through the holidays.
Broadening Your Horizons
Following the sucess of the 'Magic of Morocco' and 'Journey to Jordan' trips in 2011 and 2012, we are now looking forward to our latest international expedition, New York 2013.
These trips offer a fantastic life changing experience for many of the young people at the Academy.
Future developments for Franklin Sixth Form include:
- Developing Sixth Form leadership opportunities
- Cutltural experiences such as theatre, museum, and gallery visits
- Social events such as fine dining experiences
- International trips
- Personal development opportunities
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Brompton Academy directly.