Cambridge House Grammar School is proud to continue a consistent intake of over 200 students who choose to study in Sixth Form. Prior to entry into the Sixth Form, students are provided with one-to-one interviews ensuring a curriculum choice which will suit their ability and career aspirations. Senior students at Cambridge House Grammar School can expect to be part of a professional learning community of young people who are actively involved in all aspects of school life.
Sixth Form students are supported by a Pastoral Care team, led by the Head of Sixth Form and two Heads of Year. A dedicated team of Form Teachers meet with their classes once a week in order to monitor progress, set targets and follow a bespoke programme which supports the students with their own personal development, career planning and preparation for life beyond school. The level of stress that students experience is also monitored on a continual basis by Form Teachers, with interventions such as Stress Management Sessions being put in place at key points throughout the school year. The Head of Sixth Form, whose office is situated within the Sixth Form Centre, operates an ‘open door’ policy where students may drop in to discuss any concerns they may have and ask for advice.
The Sixth Form Centre boasts a range of excellent facilities to allow the students to maximise their study time and also to enjoy the social aspects of being in the senior school. A variety of learning styles are catered for through the availability of a silent study room, ICT room and an interactive group study facility. Two full-time study supervisors ensure that students use their time effectively, monitor work undertaken in study and offer pastoral support when required. Students who are studying practical subjects, such as Art or Technology, are also able to go to subject areas to work on their projects independently. The Olive Tree café is situated in the Sixth Form Centre and provides hot food, drinks and snacks exclusively for Senior students before school, at break and lunch time. A ‘super free’ period is available every week, where students may use the Common Room to socialise with their friends and to relax.
During the academic year, students complete three tracking assessments; ensuring the progress of each Sixth Form student is monitored closely by the Head of Sixth Form and Heads of Year. Bespoke study support programmes are put in place for students following each tracking report and the publication of examination results. Students who are achieving well are rewarded with an extra ‘super free’ period. Those who have not achieved in a particular subject area are supported by departmental staff, whilst those who have underachieved in a number of subjects are assigned a mentor. Tailored interventions are agreed with the student and progress reviewed upon the publication of new results.
All Year 13 students complete a week of work experience in a career area which is of interest to them. The programme, which is led by the Head of Sixth Form, was praised by the Inspectorate for the way it is organised and for the opportunities it provides for the Year 13 students. Students have the opportunity to embark on a wide range of placements in the fields of engineering, medicine, dentistry, education, law and accountancy. During the work experience programme, students are prepared for the world of work and are required to evaluate their experience, reflecting on how it has informed their future career goals. There are also opportunities for members of Sixth Form to complete additional work experience placements in consultation with the Head of Sixth Form.
All Sixth Form students are provided with the opportunity to tailor their educational experience by undertaking enrichment activities; such as, participating in independent reading, a period of games, Young Enterprise, or practising a musical instrument. Students may also enrol to participate in courses which develop both their skillset and CV; for example, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and sign language.
Sixth Form students are encouraged to actively become involved in the life of the school by undertaking a leadership role; for example, as a Welcome Host, Academic Mentor, School Council Representative, House Captain, School Prefect, Mental Health Ambassador or Anti-Bullying Ambassador. All positions require students to give of their time, and so can be counted towards accreditation by the external organisation ‘Volunteer Now’, allowing students to become ‘Millennium Volunteers’.
At Cambridge House Grammar School, we believe the primary purpose of education is to awaken a love of learning in each of our young people, which will then carry on long after they have left us. A key priority for us is to ensure that each of our pupils is ‘happy’ in terms of their level of confidence and independence, has a desire to learn, and the resilience to do so.
To support the development of mental health and well-being within our school, Sixth Form students had the opportunity to attend training and become Mental Health Ambassadors. They now work within school to promote positive mental health and well-being and combat the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
As a school we have also partnered with Inspire Well-being to become an Inspiration Point, ensuring that everyone within our school and local community has access to information about how to support their own mental health.
To summarise our vision, a Mental Health Charter has been created, pledging to:
Create an open and inclusive culture within our school which displays respect for those with mental ill-health
Promote equality of opportunity, and challenge the stigma of mental ill-health
Identify and provide sources of information and support regarding mental ill-health
Support and work towards improving the mental well-being of everyone in our school community
The application procedure for prospective Prefects is rigorous and for the top candidates includes a presentation and formal interview with the Principal and Senior Teachers. The Senior Prefect Leadership Team is a driving force in both the Sixth Form and the school as a whole. They take on the role of Peer Mentors where they link with Year 8 form classes to ensure that our younger pupils settle into school quickly. They are also responsible for organising major events such as the Sixth Form Induction activity, Year 14 formal and charity fundraisers. The Head Boy and Head Girl lead the Senior School Council which provides a voice for the students and a direct link to the Head of Sixth Form, Principal and the Board of Governors.
A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and social events are on offer to Sixth Form students; ensuring that all tastes are catered for. Details of activities on offer can be found in the section entitled extra-curricular provision.