The sixth Form at Southam College is a thriving part of the college and the local community. It has a well established record of high education achievement and offers a wide range of A Leve courses which enable students to progress on into higher Education, employment or further training.
While the Sixth Form is very much a separate unit within the college, it is not completely apart. Students are encouraged to become responsible and mature individuals within a supportive framework. Students are still a part of the college and therefore there are rules in common: for example, attendance at lessons and tutor time is compulsory and letters/phone calls are required in the case of absence. However, there are privileges; students may sign themselves out at lunchtime to go into the town; there is no uniform, although students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to those engaged in a serious course of study; students have the opportunity to elect the Sixth Form Council to represent and organise many of their activities and to have an input into the overall running of the Sixth Form. Students also are actively encouraged to become involved in the life and work of the rest of the College and to act as role models for younger students.
Please take time to browse through the information provided here on the website and if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Head of Sixth Form:
Mr A Morgan
Year 12 Tutor Team:
|Mr A Valentine
||Dr A Russell
||Miss A Andrews
||Mrs B Maughan
||Mrs E Ridler|
Year 13 Tutor Team:
|Miss M Smith
||Mr M Clarke
||Mrs S Loydall
||Mr D Knox
||Mr G Ciccantelli|
Sixth Form Mentors
| Miss J Russell
||Ms S Gill
||Mr H Curran|
Sixth Form Council
|| Ryan Reardon |
|Deputy Head Boy
|| Travis Mills|
|| Eleanor Clarke|
|Deputy Head Girl
|| Jessica Clayton|
Sixth Form Admin Co-ordinator
Miss J Thornton
The Sixth Form Centre houses six teaching/tutor rooms, a study room and a newly built social area. Most Sixth Form lessons take place in the Centre but they can also take place across the school, especially for subjects such as Art, Science and Technology.
The Sixth Form study room is equipped with computers and is a quiet study area available for students to use at all times. In addition, the college library is well equipped to meet Sixth Form study demands and is available for private study during the day and after school. There is a wireless network so that students who wish to bring a laptop to the College can access the internet across the school site.
The social area is fitted with comfortable seating, plasma screen TVs and a well stocked library of university prospectuses. Current students’ art and photography work decorates the walls. The college cafeteria is also open throughout the day for use by Sixth Form students as an additional social area.
The Sixth Form Curriculum Guide is published in October and will be available at the Sixth Form Option/Open Evening on Thursday 15th November from 7-9pm. Students then have a few months to consider their Post 16 options and are encouraged to discuss possibilities with tutors, subject teachers and current Sixth form students.
Students who wish to be considered for Southam College Sixth Form should fill out an application form with an initial list of their preferred A Level subjects, indicating their order of preference before the deadline in March 2013 (date tbc); following this, students will have an individual interview with either the Head of Sixth Form or Deputy Headteacher. Heads of Department and subject teachers will then be asked to confirm whether or not they feel the student has the potential to study that particular subject at A Level. For external applicants, references will be requested from their current school at this stage. Students will then be advised as to their most suitable set of A Level courses.
The Sixth Form timetable is constructed on the basis of the choices made by students at this stage. It must be appreciated that it might not always be possible to meet the individual demands of each student. If, for example, the combination of subjects is very unusual or a very small number of students have opted for a particular course then there could be difficulties. If a student subsequently changes their mind, or their GCSE results are not as expected, then they may be able to change their courses in September, but this will have to be within the constraints of the timetable.
In order to ease the transition from GCSE to A Level, an induction programme is held during the last week in June or first week of July. It is expected that all potential Year 12 students will attend the two day induction programme on Thursday 4th July and Friday 5th July 2013.
The Sixth Form is open to students who wish to study A Levels and continue their education beyond Year 11 in a familiar, stable environment. The relationships already built up between the college and the student will provide valuable support during the important transition period from GCSE to A Level.
Candidates from other schools are welcome to apply to join Southam College Sixth Form. We have a number of students join us from across the county each year. If you are interested, please call or submit an Admission Enquiry Form to be kept up to date with the application process.
Basic entry requirements for Southam College Sixth Form are a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics. However, entry requirements for specific courses vary across the different subjects offered; please see the Curriculum Guide for subject specific details. Please note, any student who has not been awarded a grade C at GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics will be expected to retake the examination to achieve a grade C.
Over the summer vacation students will be expected to complete an assignment for each of the AS subjects they wish to pursue the following September. The assignment will take up to 5 hours to complete and it's composition will depend on the nature of the AS level subject. For example it could take the form of research for a test or preparation for a presentation or writing an essay.
Towards the end of September students will be assessed in each of their AS level subjects. At the end of September a decision will be made, for each of their AS courses, regarding whether they should continue.
Key Dates for September 2013 entry
Sixth form Open Evening Thursday 15th November 2012
Application Deadline Friday 8th March 2013