Mr Darren Leatherbarrow, the Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Derrick Head of Year, Mr Mark Constance, Head of Year and members of the Senior Management Team, have a course consultation meeting with all students before they enter the sixth form in order to help them to make the right choices. This also gives students and parents the opportunity to discuss any questions they might have. Throughout your time in the sixth form, Mr Leatherbarrow, Mrs Derrick and Mr Constance will all be available to offer advice on your studies and your future and to listen to your concerns. They each have an office in the Sixth Form Centre and are the normal points of contact for parents of sixth formers.
Students will be in tutor groups. The role of the sixth form tutor is to be concerned with the welfare and academic progress of their students. Tutor groups meet as a whole, but there will also be regular individual tutorials at which your academic progress will be discussed. Tutors pay particular attention to your attendance (our expectation is 100% attendance) and will have regular feedback from your subject teachers.
A feature of Balcarras Sixth Form is our system of progress reports. In the first term students are given target grades for each subject, which have been calculated from a national analysis, comparing GCSE grades and subsequent performance at A-level. Progress grades are then published each term. This gives students and parents a clear and current record of academic progress.
Reports and Parents' Evenings
"The views of parents and students are sought and taken seriously"
Communication with parents is something we value.
In September we hold an information evening for parents of Year 12. After the summer exams we hold another meeting for parents which is all about UCAS and the University Application Procedure.
In addition to the termly progress reports, there is also a full written report in Year 12 and one parents evening. In Year 13 there is no report, but two parents evenings.
Key dates for reports and parents’ evenings are given in the full school calendar which is available on the main pages of the website. A paper copy of the calendar is issued to all students at the beginning of the September term.
Mrs Lynda Shute provides administrative support for sixth form staff and students, and advice on UCAS applications. Careers and University Advice – see separate page for more details
Students can apply for a bursary, if they are experiencing financial hardship which is impacting on their studies.
The centre of operations for sixth formers is the sixth form centre, where private study rooms, the common room, offices for the Head of Sixth Form and Heads of Year as well as 12 classrooms, are located. A lot of sixth form classes are also held in the sixth form centre, although many subjects take advantage of specialist facilities throughout the school, for example the outstanding art and design technology centres.
"The facilities are fantastic! There’s always a computer for everyone so it helps you to get your work done in study periods. The teachers supervising study will always help you, even if they don’t teach you, and it’s easy to get support from teachers outside of lessons and after school"
Nadia Hussain - ex-student
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