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Sixth Form Life

Our Expectations

Our expectations of you during your time in the Sixth Form will be undoubtedly high. Sixth Form students form an integral part of our school community and that privileged position must be earned.

Students are expected to play a full and active part in the religious life of the school and to act as positive role models for the younger students within the school. We expect all students to approach their studies with a determined and positive attitude and to accept responsibility for their own learning, with the support of their subject teachers and form tutor.

Student are expected to complete all work to the very best of their ability by the required deadlines. Students should make effective use of their time outside of directed lessons, using the outstanding library and computer facilities offered.

Attitude to Work

As you consider returning to or joining our highly successful Sixth Form you will have matured into a moral, virtuous and decimated young person. This means that you will act as a role model to younger year groups. If you hope to achieve all that you can in our Sixth Form you must be prepared to adapt to the standards of behaviour and quality of work that we expect of you.

There is an enormous difference between the nature of work in the Sixth Form and that of Year 11. If you are to fulfil your academic potential you must work to the very best of your ability from the outset. You will sit AS examination in Year 12 and all school references for Higher Education applications and employment are based primarily on progress and achievement in Year 12.

While three or four subjects instead of nine or ten might appear an easier option, this is simply not the case. Each subject area is studied in far greater depth and there is a much greater emphasis on evaluation and analysis. You should strive to develop a love for your chosen subject areas.

Time Management

The need for considered time management and self discipline is perhaps the most distinctive feature of life in the Sixth Form. There will be times during the school day when you do not have timetabled lessons. You have access to outstanding facilities and private study areas and you must make use of these to engage in private study or complete assignments.

All Sixth Form students must be in school from 9:00 am to 3:30pm every day. Driving lessons, routine dental and medical appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours.

Attendance is of paramount important to us at Archbishop McGrath, there is a clear correlation between attendance and attainment and we emphasise to all student the importance of total dedication regarding attendance.