Welcome to Arnold Hill Academy
Welcome to the Arnold Hill Academy Sixth Form page. It is a pleasure for me to be Head of such a large, diverse and exciting sixth form.
All students are placed in a tutor group, with an experienced and committed tutor who will provide invaluable support in terms of transition from GCSE to Post 16, study skills, UCAS applications and support and advice with apprenticeship and employment applications - to name a few!
There are a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities available to students. These include Head Boy and Head Girl posts, sixth form committee, Duke of Edinburgh, sports leadership roles and activities as diverse as book club, circuit training and cake baking.
We offer a broad range of courses and are proud of the way in which we match individual learners to appropriate curriculum pathways based on prior attainment, learning style and their desired path beyond the sixth form. Courses available include traditional AS and A level subjects as well as vocational BTEC qualifications in a number of different subject areas.
Ms S Carter
Head of Sixth Form
We offer a broad range of courses and are proud of the way in which we match individual learners to appropriate curriculum pathways based on prior attainment, learning style and their desired path beyond the Sixth Form. Not only does this maximise the chances of success but it ensures learners enjoy their studies and get the most they can from their time in the Sixth Form. Crucially, we are flexible and able to adjust a student’s programme should the need arise.
Sixth Form students are provided with study periods each week. This time allows students to work in private study areas or to discuss a piece of work with a member of staff or with fellow students. Students are expected to organise their work effectively during this time and a Sixth Form study planner is provided to help with this important aspect of Sixth Form learning. Sixth Form students have access to a range of books and printed resources designed to support learning as well as to provide reading for leisure and general interest. Special provision has been made for standard texts and particularly useful books to be available on a short term loan basis, thus ensuring that most people have access to these texts when needed. There are dedicated Sixth Form computer facilities in the Sixth Form Centre, including the hire of laptops, and in other key parts of the school.
Assessment and Monitoring
Students are encouraged to review their learning and progress regularly in each subject area through a series of individual dialogues with teachers and tutors. Targets are identified in order to help students to improve their progress. The reviews also lie at the heart of the formal reporting process, through which parents receive termly updates via our online management information system. Targeted, personalised support for individual learners is based on these assessments as well as our discussions with and knowledge of individual students. Small classes, small tutor groups and an excellent team of talented and caring staff ensure all students are able to get the individual attention and support they need and deserve. Parents and students are able to meet with tutors on our tutor parents’ evening. They are also given the opportunity to meet subject staff to discuss progress twice during the year at subject focussed parents’ evenings. However, tutors and subject staff can be quickly contacted by email or telephone and they are always happy to meet with parents should there be a concern or any help needed.
Guidance and Personal Development
The guidance and tutor time programme provides students with opportunities to develop study skills and build a portfolio of evidence for applications (for Higher Education, further training and employment). There are also a range of opportunities for enrichment activities and community projects. Students attend tutor time each morning from Monday to Thursday (Fridays are used for one-to-one meetings between students and their tutor). Tutor time is spent with the tutor and tutor group and is compulsory for all our sixth form students. Through the Bright Day programme and tutor time support, students will be encouraged to complete Future Learn courses as well as voluntary work in the community to support with Higher Education and apprenticeship/employment applications.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.