Welcome to Halliford School Sixth Form
I am delighted that you are considering the Sixth Form at Halliford School. Deciding what subjects to take and where to continue your studies is an exciting task with many different options and pressures and we hope that you can join us as you complete your journey.
Halliford School is an extended family, where the subject teachers provide incredible support, both inside and outside of lessons. Your personal tutor, who you see twice a day, provides you with all the help and guidance you need for all manner of issues ranging from moral support to advice with selecting the best University. Indeed, our pastoral support has always been rated as excellent, largely due to the number of people who are willing and able to care for our students as they progress through the school.
Our teachers are not just supportive and friendly, but they are also deeply passionate about their respective subjects. Our philosophy encompasses a desire to instil this same passion in our students and to prepare them for life after school. We do this via a comprehensive PSHE lecture programme that includes a plethora of outside speakers, who cover a range of topics. In addition to this we equip our students with the skills and expertise they need to succeed at University and beyond.
A survey by CIMA found that 74% of school leavers had insufficient soft skills and that 65% lacked professionalism. At Halliford we believe that our students, for the most part, fall into the 26%/35% categories due to the numerous enrichment activities that are available. Every year there are opportunities to take part in public speaking and debating competitions, both in house and outside of school. Music and singing competitions or recitals, numerous trips and visits to conferences and University lectures as well as the opportunity to participate in our annual drama production or to visit art exhibitions. Indeed, there are many other events to speak of not least of which include the opportunity to participate in the extensive sporting program.
As part of your preparation for University, we insist that all students take part in independent learning and study skills seminars run by an external company and we encourage students to undertake an Extended Project Qualification which is thought of highly by universities and is fantastic preparation for post 18 independent study. Currently, the school sits the stand-alone AS exam at the end of Lower Sixth, in some subjects, alongside formal internal examinations in all others.
As a student you have already been through the decision making process as you chose your GCSEs and now, as you specialise further, you face selecting your A Level subjects. Let us help you through this period and give you our guidance as you decide on what you may end up doing for the rest of your lives. University, and any post 18 career for that matter, will be a time when you no longer have the support structures that you have now.
At Halliford School we are perfectly placed, with the skills and expertise, to equip and prepare you for this time. Our philosophy of guidance, help and support as well as the gentle process of removing the ‘training wheels’ as you progress through the Sixth Form is tried and tested. We are determined that every student achieves their best, make life-time friendships and achieve their full potential. But don’t take my word for it, visit us to find out for yourself. I hope to see you in our Sixth Form in the future.
Head of Sixth Form
New for Autumn 2018 - Sixth Form Common Room
We are creating a wonderful new Sixth Form Common Room containing flexible spaces for collaborative working along with private study areas, individual workstations and new IT facilities.
It is expected that all Sixth Formers will attend university. The universities attended in the last two or three years have included Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds, Durham, Royal Holloway, Manchester, Warwick, Exeter, Sussex, East Anlgia, Brunel, Swansea and Plymouth. In the past 5 years 36% of pupils have attended Russell group Universities and 54% have gone onto Russell Group or specialist Arts, Drama or Sports Colleges.
A great deal of advice and support are available on a daily basis from the Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Administrator and the Sixth Form Tutors. Central to that advice is ensuring that applications are both realistic and well-targeted. This is reflected in the fact that, during the 2015/16 UCAS cycle, 100% of pupils received 3 or more offers and 95% of all courses applied for have been successful. There are visits to university fairs arranged to help pupils start to develop their ideas. The Head of Sixth Form interviews every pupil in the Lower Sixth early in the summer term to find out how their ideas are developing and to give advice. There is also a Higher Education Briefing for both pupils and parents which is attended by an admissions tutor from a leading university.
The School aims to have all univeristy applications sent off by around half term in the autumn term beacuse the earlier they are in the sooner there is a response and the better the chance of obtaining an offer. With a few exceptions, the School usually succeeds in achieving this aim.
At Halliford because almost all of our pupils go on to Higher Education every year, we place a great deal of emphasis on providing information, guidance and administrative support for UCAS applications or applicatiosn to unitiversities outside the UK. We also provide information, guidance and advice on Gap Years.
In addition to this, we aim to provide Careers Guidance to pupils throughout the School with a programme that involves pupils at every stage of their time at Halliford.
We facilitate Work Experience placements for pupils in Year 10 and encourage all pupils to seek work experience by arranging their own placements or attending careers experience events.
In the autumn term Year 11 have the chance to take part in career profiling with careers specialist Morrisby. They help pupils to make informed decisions about their education and career options. Morrisby's careers guidance products are used in over 1,000 schools throughout the world. Their guidance and advice is objective and impartial and based on a range of on-line psychometric assessments which can be taken at school or at home. Results are available immediately and their interactive career planning tool allows pupils to drill down and explore the different education and career options available to them.
In Year 12 students take part in mock interviews at BP; this helps build interview experience as well as focus their career options. The School runs a Careers Fair which gives students the chance to meet employers and find out more about particular industries.