I'm interested in A-Levels and Level 3 BTEC qualifications
From September 2017 joined Barnwell school in Stevenage to increase the range of subjects that we offer students. This exciting new partnership will broaden the range of A-Level and BTEC courses on offer to students in Stevenage. All subjects that follow a two year programme are complemented by a range of study skills and enrichment activities.
Level 2 and level 3 Vocational and Apprenticeship programmes are available through our partnership with North Herts College/Hart Learning and Development. http://www.nhc.ac.uk/
Learning with the Partnership
The A level study skills programme is unique to the Academy, providing students with a full range of enriching activities that aim to develop the skills required to be independent and successful in the work place.
Mentoring - Learning to Lead
We expect all sixth form students to commit to being part of the school community by volunteering to mentor junior students. This provides a valuable opportunity for sixth form students to develop collaborative working experiences and to enhance both communication skills and a sense of social responsibility. Through working with teaching staff and students we expect our students to develop as leaders with responsible attitudes to work and helping others. We anticipate that our students will go into the world of work better equipped to treat others with mutual respect and understanding.
Our students are able to engage in activities designed to retain and develop skills they may have learnt through whole school club activities. These include a range of Sports, Drama, Music and Dance. The Sixth Form Enrichment Programme aims to enhance the student experience by giving them access to a range of opportunities to develop employability and ‘work ready’ skills.
University advice and guidance is available to students through ‘one2one’ tuition and support. The core curriculum is enhanced by a range of opportunities to enjoy, e.g. the theatre, museums and institutions that facilitate a broad understanding of equality and diversity. Our debating club encourages students to develop problem solving and critical thinking.
We are committed to developing the skills of our students that will enable them to go into the world as responsible people who expect to be successful in the path they chose. Sixth form students are encouraged to take an active part in participating and leading Student Parliament. We hope to develop students who will want to be active participants in citizenship at a local and national level because they have had experiences that enable them to understand how to actively participate in positive change.
Learning Coaches are crucial to enabling each student to manage their progress and achieve outcomes that reflect their potential. They are an integral part of course teams, working with Course Team Leaders, and support staff to deliver an engaging learning experience that prepares students for their next step and helps them to realise their full potential.
Learning Coaches play a key role in working with students to develop their personal learning plans. This takes place in ‘one-to-one’ coaching sessions on a regular basis that is appropriate for each individual student and will provide students with the opportunity to negotiate their own personal goals and reflect upon progress.
They provide academic, as well as personal support, to enable students to develop ‘Expert Student Skills’ allowing them to become successful independent learners. They also support students to develop longer term goals that promote appropriate destination outcomes linked to either employment or future study, including UCAS workshops and careers guidance.
UCAS and careers guidance and support is also offered in-depth to students on a ‘one-to-one’ basis. Students whose destination is higher education are given expert instruction and step-by-step assistance in drafting and completing personal statements, the UCAS application form, and finally assistance with completing their Student Loan applications.
Students wishing to follow alternative pathways are supported with CVs and advice with apprenticeships, if requested. Throughout the academic year additional support is organised in the form of an Enrichment Programme.
Each week, outside speakers are invited to give presentations to all our sixth form students on a vast variety of topics. We have been fortunate enough to secure several eminent speakers at these events. Learning Coaches work with all education staff to ensure the curriculum is holistic, integrated and fully prepares students for the next steps in their chosen path.