Welcome to Kingdown School
I feel very privileged to lead a large group of young adults in such an excellent school. Your experiences in Years 12 and 13 will undoubtedly be some of the most exciting, Interesting, yet challenging in your life. You will certainly notice a big step up' in September.
Our main objective is to ensure that every student leaves Kingdown prepared and ready to face a very dynamic, competitive and constantly changing world. Grasping opportunities, taking risks, being proactive, working hard, being resilient, getting balance in your lives and having a clear plan for your future is at the heart of everything we do.
The demands placed upon you in terms of quantity of work and the skills required will test all students, but this should be made easier by the fact that you have chosen a few subjects ki which you have a particular interest. There will be 'pressure times, particularly in the first two terms. Learning to manage stress and 'bouncing back' from a disappointment is an essential part of maturing.
I am very lucky to have such a strong and dedicated team around me, but it will not be possible to achieve what we want without the support and commitment of the students in the Sixth form. There are opportunities to get involved in many things and all Sixth Form students will be expected to contribute to the life of the school. I do not expect the majority of the work to be done by a few students. Lead by example and get involved.
I would like to see our Sixth Form students taking a lead for their learning. We encourage them to take responsibility for their progress and strive to achieve their potential. Excellent attendance, being punctual, dressing appropriately and slowing a good work ethic will be necessary and expected if we are going to achieve this goal.
Mr James Evan
Head of Sixth Form
We believe that a welI structured and well resourced environment is the foundation for our students to build their education upon.
The day at Kingdown School starts at 8.30am and ends at 2.50pm with two half hour breaks during the day and includes five one hour sessions for lessons or study periods. Students can make use of a well-stocked library and three dedicated study rooms that contain Sixth Form resources and a suite of PCs.
Students are placed in a vertical tutor group system. The role of the Sixth Former in the tutor group is crucial and being the most Stoke students in a school carries a responsibility to influence younger members of the school in a constructive way. Each tutor group belongs to one of five houses.
Each house holds a weekly meeting where Sixth Formers have the chance to engage with fellow students and raise any general issues they have within the school. They follow a set programme of work including mentoring a student from 1(53 or K54 and working towards their UCAS application, apprenticeships or employment.
The Sixth Form Centre
The centre accommodates 350 students and facilitate flexible learning, study and social spaces that provides a dedicated state of the art environment for our students as they prepare for university life and the world of work. With limited space in school, the new build will enable new science labs to be installed in the main school.
Located on recreational grounds alongside our astro turf pitch on the main school site, the design is modern and eco-friendly, complementing the surrounding buildings.
The Sixth Form common room is well equipped, has its own kitchen, open wireless for iPods / iPhones /students' laptops and includes vending machines and a football table. A healthy range of food and drink is available to purchase in the common room and in the school dining hall.
We priide ourselves on the extensive programmes we put into place to prepare our Sixth Formers for their futures. We run Futures Days throughout both Year 12 and 13, where we focus on both UCAS (University) and EA (Education and Apprenticeship).
These days provide valuable information on apprenticeships, employment applications and UCAS applications whilst also having keynotes on other aspects of life such as finance and budgeting.
Students are guided through the UCAS process by Mr Humphrey, Mrs Hooper and their professional tutor. Students have regular fortnightly UCAS Forums from later in Year 12. During this time, students are able to research potential courses and write their personal statements.
Mr Madow (School Careers Advisor) and the Sixth Form team also offer information, advice and guidance to those students considering non university Post 18 routes, such as employment, apprenticeships or a gap year.
This support includes raising students' awareness of the full range of available options, helping them to access opportunities at the appropriate time throughout the year and developing their broader employability skills, such as CV writing, job application and interview techniques.
The A level class of 2016 have achieved a fantastic set of results which reflect their tremendous hard work, and, the dedication and commitment of our staff.
We are very proud of their achievements and wish them every happiness and success in their future lives. 114 students were entered for A Level examinations:
- The pass rate is 99.4%
- The average point score is 737.0 (up from 719.0 last year)
- The average point score per entry is 222.3
- 46.7% of entries are at A*/A/B grade (up from 41.2% last year)
- 27.4% of entries are at A*/A grade (up from 24.8% last year)
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.