The Sixth Form at AKS prepares students for life at university and the world beyond. It is a demanding, lively and focused environment, where senior pupils take more responsibility for their own learning and personal development within a framework of high expectations and personalised support from their teachers, so pupils can maximise their potential. You can read our Sixth Form prospectus here.
One of our fundamental aims is to work with students to secure the necessary grades and qualities for their chosen objective. If students are not sure what their objectives are after A levels, then the staff are here to guide and advise. Every sixth former is given personalised help in applying to higher education, from choosing the most suitable degree course and institution for the individual student to writing the personal statement and completing the UCAS form.
However, the Sixth Form is about more than just about achieving the right grades, it is also the start of developing study skills, time management, responsibility and self-discipline that will be required in later life and is desired by graduate employers. The enrichment programme that is on offer provides a wide range of activities that completes an all-round education. These include sport, drama, music, academic societies, cultural societies, Community Service, Young Enterprise, CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The Sixth Form prides itself on the many academic, cultural and sporting overseas trips on offer.
AKS students are extremely proud of their Sixth Form and have special facilities, such as their own Common Room, and wear a distinctive uniform, which is akin to what would be expected in a professional environment.
It is a happy, successful, dynamic and busy place to learn and develop.
A wide range of Sixth Form Scholarships are available. These range from academic scholarships to music, design, drama and sport. Scholarship examinations normally take place in February, and details are available from our Admissions Secretary. Academic awards are made after the publication of GCSE results.
What you study
The majority of Sixth Form students take five AS levels (including General Studies) in the Lower Sixth and three A levels in the Upper Sixth (with General Studies being an optional extra A level in the Upper Sixth). The timetable also includes games, Private Study and Sixth Form PSHE. The Sixth Form PSHE programme includes external speakers talking about a range of topics, varying from health issues to study skills and student finance to safe driving.
The teaching groups in the Sixth Form are kept as small as possible to allow more direct contact with staff. Through this approach, we enhance performance, learning and progression. Each student in the Sixth Form is placed into a tutor group, normally of around 10 students, where the tutor will normally teach one of the subjects that the students are studying. The tutor will look after the academic and pastoral needs of the students and will be the first person a student can turn to when support is required. Although emphasis is placed on the student being responsible for his or her own learning, there is a monitoring and reporting system in place to ensure that pupils are working to the best of their abilities and maximising their potential.