We recognise that our Post 16 learners have very different pastoral needs to the younger pupils in our setting. Our 6th form welfare and pastoral support reflects that different need, providing information and support as and when they need it. Our Post 16 learners have an identified tutor who is also their mentor. This person is the familiar, go-to person for all support and encouragement that they may require in a normal day.
Looking after your well-being
Our well-being lead in school for staff provides support and counselling for our sixth form too. This can be on any issue that is impacting on their well-being at home or at school. We are lucky to be able to offer personalised RSHE to our sixth formers through a trained RSHE counsellor as well as externally through our link with The Warren.
The Warren is a provision for young adults in the city centre for all issues experienced by older learners. They have trained specialists and counselling services as well as drop-ins and social groups. We have long established links with the Warren and take the young people as part of Year 12 induction and orientation to allow them to access this facility on a weekend, evening or in the holiday, in confidence. Our young adults can also access support from MESMAC and Cornerhouse either independently or supported as appropriate to their needs.
Brand new sixth form facilities for students aged 16-19
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Transition from sixth form
When the time comes to transition away from the Sixth Form, it is important that we have captured all the skills, knowledge, and experiences that the post 16 learners have achieved. This information is shared with a dedicated post 16 Connexions worker in relation to planned next steps. It is hoped that 100% of our cohort go onto Post 19 college, work, volunteering, or training, such as a supported internship. Some of our cohort will have been in the school for many years by this point and so a detailed, personalised, and extended transition to the next destination is vital.
Post 16 learners
Our Post 16 learners contribute to the school through their advisory role on the full school council, as well as in their own sixth form council. This role allows them to be seen as peer mentors and role models by those in the younger year groups.