Alderbrook has a strong community feel and no less so in our Sixth Form. The current Year 12 and 13 students are excellent role models for the rest of the school, although we recognise the need for them to have a ‘college’ experience and maintain an independence from other year groups. Students in the Sixth Form benefit from having excellent contemporary and attractive facilities, including their own social space and bistro; a silent study, discussion room and large ICT suite for independent learning, as well as the exclusive use of their own outside facilities.
Sixth Form students enjoy a separate pastoral support system, tutor time and communal meetings appropriate to their needs. This system is led by staff coordinators for Year 12 and Year 13. Each student is also assigned their own tutor with whom they will forge a strong working relationship over the two years. The Director of Sixth Form, Mrs Allen, oversees all aspects of student wellbeing and is accessible to students from the central Sixth Form office. In essence, there is always someone to listen and support and, for parents too, there is always someone available.
Student Voice and Leadership is an integral part of our Post 16 community. We want to build excellent relationships with our young adults and we encourage them to be proactive in their learning and experiences with us. As such, we give students a variety of ways to voice their opinions and invoke change: Senior Leadership Roles, Student Committee, Subject Ambassadors, and Conferences. Highlights for students are often our lively social events including charity dress-ups, cultural trips – both home and abroad – annual Christmas Dinner and Quiz, Prize Giving, Leavers’ High Tea, all culminating in the Grand Summer Ball.
Alderbrook Sixth Form employs a dress code, based on business attire, to fit them for the transition into work. Full details of the Dress Code can be found in the Sixth Form area of the school website. Financial help is available at Alderbrook through the 16-19 Bursary. This fund exists to provide support to learners who are facing financial difficulty, which may otherwise mean that they would be prevented from, or struggle to, participate fully in education and training.
Life in the Sixth Form at Alderbrook is energetic; full of opportunities and challenge. Whatever your future goals and career aspirations we can help you on your road to success!