Sixth Form Pastoral Life
Students receive pastoral support through the help of their form Tutors in the first instance and also the Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. We also have a drop-in counselling service every Tuesday with a counsellor, which helps specifically with students with any personal issues they may have.
In terms of academic support, we always offer intervention from the heads of department and class teachers after school and during study blocks.
Tutor time sessions include topics such as mental health, safe driving, GAP years, relationships, future steps, TED talks, ‘A level mindset, University preparation, managing budgets, body image.
Attendance is closely monitored by Tutors and the Head of Sixth form.
UCAS preparation starts in the summer term for Year 12. I launch with an assembly/presentation and then the tutor time sessions have a UCAS focus to assist pupils with their applications. All applications are completed by the Christmas of year 13.
We assist students further with visits to higher education fairs, University workshops and visits (Sussex, UCL, Cambridge) as well as speakers to discuss apprenticeships, business, employment, and University options and student finance.
All Sixth formers receive a mock interview organised through Croydon rotary club.
In addition, all Year 12 will do one week of work experience in the summer term of Year 12.
Careers interviews are also given to all 6th formers.
Drop down days have had a spiritual focus in terms of motivating students about their purpose, their journey, and their path in life. We celebrate students’ successes in assemblies, which have a Catholic theme. We have a Christian Union, which many of the Sixth formers help to run as well as a charity team in the Sixth form, which has helped to raise money both locally and internationally.
The charity team also work on various projects such as ‘Umoja’ boy's charity, ‘paint Purley purple’ campaign, and donations for the Purley food hub.
Enrichment and leadership opportunities
In terms of enrichment, students pick in year 12 from the following:
- Sport – football/ basketball/ badminton/ volleyball/ cricket/ swimming (*opportunities for qualifying as a lifeguard)
- Duke of Edinburgh award
- NCS Autumn challenge
- Charity team
- Prefect/ leadership team
- EAL support
- Book club
Trips and visits include theatre, workshops, Universities, Higher education conferences, taster days and a rewards trip to Brighton in the summer. Not forgetting the Year 13 prom.