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A message from the Headteacher

Welcome to The Abbey Sixth Form. Everything we do here is designed to create an atmosphere where you can be the best you can be.

Our Sixth Form provides a nurturing, friendly and adult environment in which you can develop a sense of independence and take responsibility for your study.

Your sixth form years are vital in shaping your educational attainment, personal development and your future career. That’s why we place an equal emphasis on academic achievement, increasing your self-confidence and giving you a sense of community and responsibility.

Our Sixth Form is fully integrated within The Abbey School enabling you to be a positive role model for all of our younger pupils and students.

We offer a wide variety of courses both academic and vocational at Level 2 and Level 3, including the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Careers Programme). Many of the vocational courses can also be taken in combination with our traditional ‘A’ level courses. What’s more, we are unique in that we host a popular and successful Football Academy in partnership with Dover Athletic FC.

To encourage your personal and social development, you will also take careers lessons to help you with university, college and job applications. Not surprisingly, a large number of our Sixth Form students successfully move on to university or higher education.

We also provide you with many enrichment opportunities including a structured PSHE programme, leadership opportunities, independent careers guidance and coaching and fitness instruction qualifications. You are encouraged to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities including sport, performing arts, dance and horticulture. In addition, you have the opportunity to visit a variety of European countries through our Comenius project.

Above all, the Sixth Form is about helping you to achieve your potential, whatever it is. We want you to be successful and happy, whether this is at university, in your chosen career or in developing your wider potential.

We hope that you are looking forward to the challenge and are ready to take advantage of everything that The Abbey Sixth Form has to offer. We are equally excited about sharing these opportunities with you.

Mrs Catrin Woodend

Headteacher

Sixth Form Aims and Objectives

The Abbey School Sixth Form is a stimulating and supportive community in which there is a commitment to these aims:

  • To promote a passion for learning and the achievement of excellence through challenge and excitement
  • To encourage integrity, hard work, self-discipline and teamwork
  • To develop each person’s intellectual, physical, creative and leadership potential
  • To value each individual and promote mutual respect, showing tolerance, understanding and sensitivity.

Whilst academic achievement is our priority and every encouragement and effort is made to realise each student’s potential, the Sixth Form has much to offer in terms of personal and social development.

Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including sport, drama and music. Students are also expected to play a leadership role, to take the initiative and to organise activities in which they have an interest or talent and which they think will also be of interest to others.

In order to gain the most from Sixth Form life, it is important to have an enthusiastic and positive approach. As students move from Year 11 to Year 12, opportunities to develop their sense of responsibility and leadership are offered through the prefect system and Sixth Form Leadership Team, led by the Head Boy and Head Girl.

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