As the new leader of Post 16 I am excited to join an excellent team who are committed to expanding our Post 16 provision and ensuring that it moves from good to outstanding in the future. I am already enjoying my work with the students who are expressing an interest in developing both the academic and social aspects of Post 16.
We are proud of the fact that over a four year period, our post 16 results have been consistently good (Alps). OFSTED also recognised this in their most recent inspection, “The Sixth Form is good. Teaching in the Sixth Form is good and students are very positive about the support they receive from their teachers. Students receive good advice in selecting appropriate courses, which they enjoy studying.” (OFSTED 2014).
It is our responsibility to prepare our students for a future that is difficult to predict, although we can be sure that it will inevitably hold fast-paced changes and uncertainty. We are living in a climate of change both in the UK and globally and in Post 16 we recognise that there will be challenges for our students both in their continued study and their future careers. Internationally it is clear that globalisation, business and technology innovation are intertwined in all areas of life. Joining the Beckfoot Trust is giving our school exciting opportunities to ensure that we further develop our successful Post 16 provision, ensuring that we are able to meet the needs of our students in this ever-changing dynamic environment.
It is our view that education should be exciting and challenging instilling a ‘love of learning’ that allows our students in Post 16 to reach their full potential. We also believe it is essential that Post 16 students take ownership and responsibility for their own learning, that they are encouraged to be active learners and take every opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. As a school, we support our students in developing their knowledge and understanding allowing them to pass examinations and leave our school with excellent results. This we believe is essential to enable them to progress successfully into higher education, apprenticeships, and the world of work. We also believe that in order for our student to be successful and happy young adults it is essential that they develop wider skills and attributes, such as:
- Ambition and Optimism for a future
- Commitment, resilience and perseverance
- An ability to organise and present themselves effectively
- An enquiring mind
- Creativity and Imagination
- Self-motivation to learn independently and with others
To support this aspect of their education students are encouraged to supplement their academic studies with various enrichment opportunities, thus allowing access to a wider experience which will help better equip them for the future.
Mrs Karen Kingston – Assistant Headteacher