Why choose our sixth form?
At King Edward VII Academy Sixth Form we understand how to get the best from our students and have a rich history of doing so. We know that students want a balance of support and freedom, where they are guided to find their own path and ideas.
We have an excellent record in supporting our students to become successful and achieve excellent examination results. This combined with the excellent pastoral support students receive has meant that many of our students go on to to university success.
We offer much more than just a great opportunity to study and gain A-levels however. We offer a fantastic variety of extra-curricular opportunities. Students can take part in Leadership courses, Sports Teams, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the EPQ qualification, Charitable Organisations, our House System and the opportunity to go on overseas trips to America and China.
Sixth form students are required to be independent learners but we also recognise that building strong partnerships with parents is an essential feature of our work. We therefore seek to ensure that parents are fully involved in the learning process.
Our Sixth Form team pride ourselves on the support we offer our students in preparing for life after sixth form. Evidence of the quality of advice and guidance we provide can be seen in the fact that over the past two years 98% of our students have gone on to either university, an apprenticeship or fulltime employment. In terms of university application, last year over 90% of our students gained a place at their first choice university with 28% going to Russell Group universities.
Support for university applications starts at the beginning of year 12 when each student is interviewed to ensure that they are studying the right balance of subjects that fit with their future plans. They are also encouraged to take up some of the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities we offer and can make them stand out from other applicants.
Students also take part in two enrichment days where they are supported in writing their applications. These involve input from admissions officers from the UEA and Anglia Ruskin who provide first hand guidance as to what they are looking for in personal statements. Students are also given an advice booklet and are supported by their tutors, subject teachers and the sixth form team in drafting and redrafting their applications. For students applying to the most competitive universities and courses such as medicine, mock interviews are arranged with current students or professionals in that field of study.
Both students and parents are also invited to attend an evening event where the University application process and student finance is explained.
- We have a history of academic success and have consistently been the top performing sixth form in the area in terms of A-Level results
- We are particularly proud of our ability to support the most able students in achieving the top grades. This can be seen by the number of Norfolk Scholars (students who achieve at least 320 UCAS points) we produce, one of the highest in the county. In 2014 a quarter of all students achieved Norfolk scholar status, a fantastic achievement by them and a reflection of the excellent results our students consistently achieve
We are proud of the wide variety of opportunities on offer at our sixth form. There are a range of activities to develop your interests, improve leadership and team working skills and improve your chances of success in whatever you choose to do when you leave.
Some of these include:
- A variety of successful sports teams—our extremely successful P.E. department runs a wide range of sport teams for male and female students
- Duke of Edinburgh—trips and activities are provided to support Bronze to Gold D of E Awards
- Charitable organisations—the Interact club meet regularly to organise fundraising events for a variety of charities
- Educational trips and visits both within the UK and to the USA and China
- Leadership opportunities within the sixth form – the opportunity to become a prefect/senior prefect and/or a House Prefect
- Learning Leaders—the opportunity to help share your academic skills and knowledge by supporting the teaching of classes at Key Stage 3 and 4
- Listeners—the chance to be trained in providing support to other students
- Self Defence—taught by Mr Leat, a 4th Dan Black Belt with over 25 years martial arts experience
- Support with UCAS and Personal Statements—our sixth form team have a huge amount of experience in helping students prepare their applications for university, apprenticeships and careers