Life at Duke’s Sixth Form

‘The sixth form team are based within the common room and are on hand all day to support students. Within Duke’s Sixth Form we aim to create an environment where learners feel secure, valued and are encouraged to talk in the knowledge that they will be listened to.

In addition to their academic studies, we encourage students to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities; for example work experience, sport, charity fundraising and volunteering abroad. This alongside good qualifications helps our students to make competitive applications for university places and job and apprenticeship vacancies.

We operate a system of support throughout year 12 and 13 to ensure that all students are well equipped for their post 18 destination. For those students who are looking to progress to university we organise visits to institutions both locally and further afield. We also hold workshops and one to one tutorials to complete UCAS applications. For those students looking at apprenticeships or jobs, careers support ranges from 1:1 meetings, assemblies, CV writing tutorials, employability seminars and in-house careers conferences along with a range of external opportunities.’

Mrs D. Towers, Head of Sixth Form

‘Sixth Form is an important step between school and the world of work. It develops both your qualifications and personal skills.’ (Harrison, Y13 student).

The Duke’s Sixth Form Day

Students are able to arrive from 8.30am and enter the school through the Student Entrance. They are able to use the library and Duke’s Sixth Form area from their arrival.

At 8.40am the Duke’s Sixth Form day begins with lesson 1. After lesson 3, students have a 20 minute break where they can get a hot drink or something to eat and make use of either the Duke’s Sixth Form Study Area or Balcony Common Room. Breaktime is followed by lesson 4.

At 12.30pm students attend tutor time.During tutor time students meet with their personal tutor where they complete a range of skills based activities such as CV writing, UCAS, apprenticeship and job applications and private study time. During this time students also attend guest speaker assemblies where they are challenged to think about how they can improve and aspire to achieve, along with time for reflection on an important issue or theme for that week.

Tutor time is followed by a 45 minute lunch break. Students can get a hot meal from the dining room, or bring their own snack if they prefer. There is a food preparation area with a kettle, toaster and fridge for use during this time. Duke’s Sixth Form students are able to leave the campus site during lunchtime should they wish.

After lunch there is one more lesson before the final bell sounds at 2.45pm to mark the end of the formal Duke’s Sixth Form day. However, there are many additional subject sessions or opportunities to be involved in sports, performance and creative arts activities outside of the usual day. Students are also welcome to use the study facilities to work independently until 5.00pm Monday- Thursday.

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