A message from the Headteacher
Welcome to the Sixth Form. We are a vibrant and inclusive community which supports our young people develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make the successful transition to the next stage of their education or employment.
Being a successful sixth former requires a different set of attributes to those needed in the lower years within the school. Our programme of learning is designed to ensure that our students develop the necessary habits of mind and character traits on their journey throughout these important years of their education. We want our students to become confident, articulate and well-rounded individuals with the ability to think both creatively and independently.
Academic achievement is an important component of life within out sixth form. Good grades are often a prerequisite in order to make the transition to university, an apprenticeship or a career. Consequently we place emphasis on our students working hard and putting in maximum effort at all times.
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. Moreover we are unique in that we host a popular and successful Football Academy in partnership with Dover Athletic FC.
To encourage personal and social development, our students also take careers lessons to help them with university, college and job applications. Many of our Sixth Form students successfully move on to university or higher education. In summer 2018 this included Russell Group universities.
We provide students with many enrichment opportunities including a structured PSHE programme, leadership opportunities, independent careers guidance and coaching and fitness instruction qualifications. They are encouraged to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities including sport, performing arts, dance and horticulture. In addition, they have the opportunity to visit a variety of European countries through our Comenius project.
Above all, the Sixth Form is about helping students to achieve their potential, whatever it is. We want all of our students to be successful and happy, whether this is at university, in their chosen career or in developing their wider potential. By the time our students leave the school they will be aware of all of the opportunities available to them in the next stage of their journey and will retain an enjoyment in learning.
We hope that you are looking forward to the stimulation and 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.
Dr Rowland Speller
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 Students.