Welcome to Brentwood County High School
Our Sixth Form is undergoing a period of growth and change. We are growing the number of students in our Sixth Form from around 200 in 2011-2012 to an expected 260 in 2014-2015. To reflect this growth we are investing heavily in our sixth form facilities.
During the summer months of 2014 we will be moving the common room to a new location with a completely new set of facilities for our students. The new common room will be solely a social space which will be a clear improvement on the mixed social and study space of the current common room. The new common room facilities will also have food and drink vending machines accessible only to sixth form students.
At present our sixth formers have access to the Mezz study facility and partial access to the library when it is not used for lessons. From September sixth form students will have access to three new computer suites for study as well as the Mezz and the library. The three new study areas will be shared with staff and will be silent working environments more akin to a university environment than a school. This will enable our sixth formers to develop the self-study skills that are necessary for the highest possible levels of success. The combination of the Mezz computers and three study suites will mean that sixth formers have 120 computers available to use at any time. Whilst they will have to share a few with staff members who are seeking a silent working space during the day, this will never be many.
The Sixth Form is led by our Head of Sixth Form, Brigitte Page. Brigitte is supported by the Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Sue Cripps. Responsibility for standards in the Sixth Form rests with one of our assistant headteachers, Neil Arnould, who is the member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for the Sixth Form.
Our post-16 provision includes AS, A2 and Level 3 BTEC courses, building on the wide ranging curriculum of the first five years at BCHS. All AS/A2 students follow the Pre-University course in 'Global Perspectives' which enables them to develop a range of skills that can be transferred to help raise performance in all of their A level subjects and prepare them for university or work. This wide range of courses provides all our students with the curriculum required to either access their chosen university courses or to move on to employment after Year 13.
We do place significant expectations on to our sixth formers as our most senior students. Year 12 and Year 13 students are required to dress in smart business dress and to wear their personal identification badge or lanyard at all times. These expectations are the same as for staff members and reflect the status of sixth form students at BCHS. Sixth form students are the senior students in our vertical tutor groups, providing mentoring for younger students in all aspects of school life. Study in the sixth form at BCHS is more than simply the A-Levels, BTECs or Pre-U courses which fill the academic timetable.
The two years of the sixth form are the time during which students can move from the school environment of Year 7 to 11 through to being adults ready for the next stage of their life beyond BCHS. We assume that there will not be any problems regarding behaviour, attitude, dress code, time keeping, homework or indeed any of the things that are sometimes issues with students before Year 12. If you choose to be in the sixth form then you have personally chosen to be part of the BCHS community and therefore our expectations of you are adult expectations which we have no doubt you will be able to meet.
We look forward to working with all students in sixth form, whether you are continuing your education at BCHS or are joining us from elsewhere after your GCSEs.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Brentwood County High School directly.