t is a great pleasure to welcome you to our 2019 Sixth Form prospectus. Our Sixth Form is a thriving, vibrant and energetic community where students make the transition from school life to the world of higher education, work and a remarkably broad range of further destinations.

What makes Sibford Sixth Form different to other Sixth Forms and colleges?

Fundamentally, you will be known and valued as part of our community – whatever your particular strengths might be. We believe in the importance of young people having a voice and to be able to make a difference to the world around them. Academic results are very important indeed – but they are not the sole goal of education. We

aim to give a platform to our students which is not stuffy or pretentious but where individuals and values truly matter. So we will support you in your aspirations, we will guide you when times are tough (and there will always be tough times) and we will celebrate with you in your success. Our Sixth Form centre is a warm, happy and vibrant part of the wider school community.

Walking through the doors you are immediately greeted by the common room and the kitchen / diner. Sociable and welcoming, there is perhaps more of a ‘higher education’ feel to this part of the building. Students have considerable autonomy and are expected to ‘get the balance right’ between work and play. Leadership and personal responsibility are very important to us. We do not have a Head Girl

or Boy – but a Sixth Form leadership team of students who play a key role in leading the life of the school. However, leadership opportunities are myriad and Sixth Form students are quick to find ways to make their voices heard and their actions count. We have a relatively small Sixth Form community which means that students are well-known and they receive personalised guidance and direction. One of our great strengths is the breadth of students that you will meet within the community and to this end we have students who are taking courses to many diverse destinations. You might be following a purely academic route, and we celebrate those students who are looking to join some of the very best universities in the world ... the number of Sibford students going to prestigious Russell Group Universities is increasing year on year. At the same time, however, we take pride in those students who wish to follow a different path – perhaps into an apprenticeship, straight into work or maybe into a gap year. We also have a well-established international element to our Sixth Form and this brings its own cultural diversity and a global element to our community. This diversity in our Sixth Form is a great preparation for the ‘real world’ which awaits at the end of post 16 study. The curriculum in our Sixth Form is truly holistic. So whilst you may wish to take the three sciences and Mathematics, or another ‘traditional’ route, we are also able to offer a great breadth of choice to those looking to study here. We will work hard to try and get the best combination of subjects for you. Careers advice is very strong, as are study skills and UCAS preparation. You will have an individual tutor and plenty of advice and guidance on hand. There is a great deal going on for our Sixth Form students. Sport is thriving at Sibford School with many of our students competing at a national and sometimes international level. We have particular strengths in swimming, triathlon and traditional sports such as hockey, rugby, cricket, netball and football. A recent addition to our facilities is a specialist Climbing Wall which will offer many opportunities for our students. Extra-curricular activities and community service are well-

developed and there are regular lectures and trips organised to enrich daily life. Opportunities to get involved in drama and music are well- established and the likes of Duke of Edinburgh (at Gold level) and adventurous international trips are part of our DNA. There is something very special about Sibford Sixth Form. We would be delighted to hear more about you and how you might contribute to our community.

Toby Spence Head

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