Sixth Form

Brakenhale Sixth Form

Where futures are made.

Head of Sixth Form: Mr J Duffy
Telephone: 01344 465016
Emailsixthform@brakenhale.co.uk

Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 7th November 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm

6th-form-mediaWelcome to Brakenhale School’s Sixth Form page. The Sixth Form was graded as ‘Outstanding’ in our most recent visit from Ofsted, and whilst we know that there is more to school life than Ofsted, we are extremely proud that we are recognised as being outstanding, and even more proud of the young people we work with every day.

At Brakenhale Sixth Form, students have access to excellent teaching, fantastic student support, and a wealth of experiences and opportunities to develop both academically and personally. The vast majority of our students apply for universities when they leave the Sixth Form, and students gain offers from top universities including Oxbridge and Russell group Universities. Those who do not go to university either gain places on apprenticeships, or go on to employment. It is important to us that students are enabled to progress to where they want after year 13.

We work hard to develop maturity and independence in our students, with a privilege pass system which is designed to encourage students to achieve to their full potential, and reward those who are showing a great attitude towards their studies. Students who are being awarded top grades for attitude and homework, are punctual, and have above a 95% attendance are rewarded with more opportunity to manage their own time and operate more independently. Those who are not in this situation are supported and encouraged to develop their study skills and independence to the point where they too can be afforded more independence and show the maturity required to achieve to their full potential.

If Brakenhale Sixth Form sounds like somewhere that you would like to study, or if you would like some more information then please do get in touch through sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk, and we would be very happy answer any questions or queries you might have. Thank you for taking an interest in our Sixth Form.

Head of Sixth Form: Mr Duffy
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
Mr Duffy is also a Music Teacher

Assistant Head of Sixth Form: Mrs Keljarrett
ckeljarrett@brakenhale.co.uk
Mrs Keljarrett also teaches English

Tutors

  • P16B: Ms C Keljarrett – ckeljarrett@brakenhale.co.uk
  • P16R: Miss B Byers – bbyers@brakenhale.co.uk
  • P16A: Ms H Ioannidis – hioannidis@brakenhale.co.uk
  • P16K: Mrs A Duddy – aduddy@brakenhale.co.uk
  • P16E: Ms T Wilhelmy – twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk
  • P16N: Mr F Green-Nickel – fgreennickel@brakenhale.co.uk

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Students have access to our Sixth Form Centre, which is a separate space to the lower school. We want our Sixth Formers to feel a real sense of community amongst the students, and feel a sense of ownership over their Sixth Form; a dedicated Sixth Form area is important in achieving this.

We have a number of dedicated Sixth Form class rooms, a study room, a common room, a kitchen, a dedicated ICT suite, and a number of high quality facilities across the rest of the school which our students have access to.

Students will have ‘Private Study’ sessions on their timetable, where they have supervised study time to ensure that they are keeping up to date in their studies, and achieving to their potential.

Students can buy food from the canteen, bring their own food, or buy food from our student-run tuck shop.

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The Sixth Form’s aim is for all of our young people to be the best version of themselves, and achieve to their full potential. It is an expectation that the students attend school as much as they can, and that they are working as hard as they can as well. Staff and students work together to cultivate an atmosphere of positivity and maturity, in order that our students are confident, independent, and happy in their time here at Brakenhale.

Essentially, we want our students to:

  • be independent young adults, who can manage themselves effectively and maturely.
  • be motivated to achieve as best the possibly can, and to work hard to achieve to their full potential.
  • feel proud to be a part of our Sixth Form Community, and to have a sense of positivity and enthusiasm around building a Sixth Form we can all be proud of.
  • leave with a set of results that they are proud of through outstanding teaching and support on our part.
  • look after each other, and be aware of their impact on everyone else involved in the Sixth Form. Everyone should aim to contribute positively to the lives of others.
  • be happy in their time at Brakenhale Sixth Form, and to feel supported, encouraged, and part of something bigger than themselves.

Sixth Form Extra Curricular Activities

Brakenhale’s Sixth Form offers students plenty of opportunities to engage with extra curricular activities in a number of different ways. Students can opt to be part of our ‘Personal Growth’ scheme, where student work with different departments to offer their expertise in subjects they study to support those in the lower years. We also encourage students to work with students in year 7 – 11 who might need some additional support in subjects on a one-to-one basis. This helps develop our Sixth Former’s character, but also gives them the opportunity to include their work in their personal statements when applying for universities, or CVs when applying for jobs. Alongside this, we have a dedicated Sixth Form extra curricular timetable where students can get involved with a wide range of activities across the school.

Students run the ‘Tuck Shop’ at break, lunch, and at school events, which helps generate money which is then reinvested into the Sixth Form in which ever way our Student Leadership Team decide would be most beneficial. Our Student Leadership Team is for students who would like to have a say in the running and direction of the Sixth Form, and is another way we encourage students in their wider responsibilities as a Sixth Form student.

There are several trips organised across the year, including careers fairs, Safe Drive Stay Alive, University trips, alternative curriculum trips, UCAS fairs and many external speakers who come to deliver sessions on different areas of expertise such as finance and saving, applying for universities, and we have even had a Channel 4 film crew in to talk to the students about a documentary they were making – many of our students were a part of this.

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Our Sixth Form students take their responsibilities very seriously. As highlighted by Ofsted; ‘Students behave impeccably. They are excellent role models for younger pupils in the school.’. We believe that the Sixth Form students should be setting the standard extremely high, and as such attendance, punctuality, and behaviour are key focuses along with academic progress. Our Sixth Formers are valued as individuals, and as such ‘Students are extremely complimentary about the sixth form. They feel highly valued and respected.’ (Ofsted, 2019).

Students have a dedicated tutor group, where sessions are planned to engage the students in wider thinking and understanding, and also set the students up for the day. We have weekly debates about issues in the news, we have some fun quiz sessions in our timetable, as well as teaching our students the driving theory content for the theory exam should they wish to learn to drive.

We are extremely proud of our Sixth Form, and the students we are fortunate enough to work with. Thank you for taking time to read about what we do here at Brakenhale Sixth Form. If you are a parent of a student here already, we thank you for your support and interest, and if you are reading this as a prospective parent, we thank you for your interest and hope to work with you in the future. Please do feel free to ask any further questions you might have on sixthform@Brakenhale.co.uk.

Ofsted Report 2019: 16 to 19 Study Programmes – Outstanding

Provision in the sixth form meets the requirements of the 16 to 19 study programmes.

Leaders have high expectations and encourage students to be aspirational and ambitious in their future plans. The head of sixth form and the deputy headteacher monitor carefully the impact of support for students on their learning and well-being. Consequently, more students are applying to higher education and are successful in gaining places.

In 2018, students’ progress in vocational courses was well above that of other students nationally. Current students make strong progress in their a-level courses, following a dip in students’ overall progress in 2018. Current students make very strong progress in the majority of subjects. Where there is underachievement, it is tackled swiftly by teachers.

Students who retake GCSEs in English and Mathematics achieve above-average outcomes. The number of students gaining standard pass grades in these subjects has increased over time.

A wide range of subjects is available. The sixth form is highly inclusive, and disadvantaged students’ progress is similar to that of other students nationally. Students are extremely complimentary about the sixth form. They feel highly valued and respected.

The impact of teaching on students’ progress is very strong. Teachers have very high expectations, and they plan courses that encourage students to be independent. Furthermore, teachers provide students with extremely valuable guidance so that students are clear about how to improve their work further.

Teachers ask challenging questions that help to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding. For example, in biology and criminology, students demonstrate exceptional engagement and positive attitudes.

Students behave impeccably. They are excellent role models for younger pupils in the school. Students’ attendance is high. The retention of students on courses from year 12 to year 13 is also high.

Students are very positive, especially about the PSHE programme. Students’ understanding of personal safety and personal skills is well developed. They appreciate the opportunities to learn about safe travel and provision for financial education, and they value the ‘safe drive’ programme.

Applications for our Sixth Form entry for September 2019 are now open.  Please find below our prospectus, subject guide, application form and other information.

Sixth Form Prospectus Download PDF

Sixth Form Subject Guide 2020-22 Download PDF

Sixth Form Admission Form 2020-22 Download PDF

Transition into Sixth Form from Year 11 – Resources  Please go to our Sixth Form Transition Page