Students follow a broad and challenging range of courses appropriate to their abilities and interests. They take part in numerous enrichment activities such as drama, debating, GCSE Latin, music, sport, Community and Higher Sports Leader Award programmes, Young Enterprise, World Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The balance between academic and extra curricular activities complements exam success and leads to the development of independent thinking and learning.
Each sixth former has a personal tutor, usually a teacher in one of their chosen specialist subject areas. These pairings foster deeper relationships stemming from mutual interests.
We treat each student as an adult and expect them to act accordingly. Our sixth formers have a number of privileges and we trust them to act responsibly.
Monitoring and support structures allow us to identify students who might find it difficult to meet the expectations of the Sixth Form. We offer appropriate support to those who need it. If a student is having difficulties, parents will be informed and involved.
Following regular assessment parents are fully informed of progress through progress check reports, parent consultation, student review days, reports and letters home.
Students are expected to take a great deal more responsibility for their own learning than they did in Year 11. A typical sixth former will have an allocation of 20 out of 30 lessons and will be expected to study independently for at least a further 20 hours per week.
To assist the development of effective independent learning skills in sixth form studies, Year 12 students remain in school when they do not have lessons. In these instances students allocate seven out of ten non contact periods to Private Study. These periods are monitored as part of the support system in place to enable students to develop best studying practice. Private Study takes place in the Sixth Form ICT Study or in the Sixth Form Library.
One non contact period is allocated to a particular curriculum area of the student’s choice, enabling them to further develop a specialist interest while explicitly giving service to others and forming tangible links to the main school.
The remaining two non contact periods may be spent in the Common Room working with others or socialising.
Transition into Year 13 will take place following successful completion of Year 12. Subjects to be carried forward into Year 13 will be reviewed finally at the end of Year 12.
In Year 13, having established effective independent learning and study skills, students are required to remain on site until 11.00 am each day and make use of our Year 13 Study Hall when not in lessons. Facilities and support are readily available for those who choose to remain throughout the day. This opportunity to plan and manage time enables students to develop the necessary discipline for subsequent higher education studies. Year 13 continue to have daily contact with their tutors.
Our sixth form students set an important example to the rest of the school. They have many opportunities to take responsibility and show leadership, for example through election to the Sixth Form Council. The council represents the views of the students and links to the Head of Sixth Form and School Committee. This ensures that the sixth form is an integral part of the main school. Many more students take on leadership or support of extra curricular activities for younger students in the main school.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803