We have a team of six key sixth form staff dedicated to helping you enjoy and achieve highly in your courses.
Kate Mouncey – Director of Sixth Form, with overall responsibility for the Sixth Form
Katie Wills – Assistant Director of Sixth Form, with specific responsibility for Year 12
Jo Cavanagh – Assistant Headteacher – Strategic lead for the Sixth Form
Gill Maskatiya – Part-time Sixth Form Learning Mentor
Deirdre Cairns – Part-time Sixth Form Learning Mentor
Louise Grubb – Sixth Form Administrator
In addition, we have a highly experienced team of sixth form tutors. Tutors build a close relationship with students in their group and support them in all aspects of sixth form life.
Pastoral care in the sixth form is seen as an extremely important part of our offer as students make the transition from GCSE to Post 16 study and then need full support to make key decisions for their next steps. Our Learning Mentors are very experienced in supporting students with a wide range of issues, from organising workload and folders, to supporting them with personal issues and mental health. We also have access to the school counselling service and can signpost students and families to outside agencies where appropriate.
The tutors and the Sixth Form specialists staff meet weekly in order to share pastoral information and ensure all staff are kept up-to-date with Sixth Form activities. Tutors also facilitate Life Long Learning sessions each week to help develop students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The programme includes sessions on improving study skills, learning and revision strategies, independent living, healthy lifestyles and a variety of pertinent cultural and political issues. This session also covers careers advice and guidance and also prepares them for higher education or the world of work. Guest speakers and experts are regularly involved in these sessions.