Support and Student Information
We have high expectations of our sixth form students as role models and leaders of learning in our school. Our simple set of expectations is the minimum we expect of all of our sixth form students and if followed will ensure good progress is made.
There is an agreed dress code led by our students on appropriate attire for their sixth form experience.
We have a menu of over 90 opportunities and activities that students participate in to enhance their profile and aid their development to their chosen post 18 career paths.
Sixth Form Enrichment Programme
We are proud of our dedicated Sixth Form Campus with the following fantastic facilities:
- State of the art purpose built sixth form building including science laboratories, computer suites, hall with bleacher seating and social areas.
- Sixth form silent study area / library (available for work before, during and after school).
- Sixth form computer rooms and bookable laptops.
- Resources (where students can purchase any stationery needs and can also request photocopying).
- The gym (which can be used free of charge with permission from the PE staff).
- Brand new state of the art sixth form common room (Common Grounds) with barista style café and social areas.
- Music practice rooms (which can be booked via the Music Department).
- The E-Learning centre (ELC) (housing 60 PCs for sixth form students to access any time it is free).
We aim to recognise the importance of praise and reward to motivate students and we seek to recognise those who meet our expectations throughout the year and uphold their school responsibilities.
Our staff use opportunities throughout the academic year to reward students in a variety of ways and to celebrate good behaviour and work including an annual rewards day trip/visit.
Representatives are elected for the sixth form Council each year and meet regularly to ensure sixth form students are consulted upon and able to express their views upon key developments in the school.
The council also plays a dynamic role in organising sixth form events, including charity fundraisers, talent shows, the leavers’ prom and yearbooks to name a few.
Although our sixth form students are treated more independently, they know we are here for them whenever they need our support or guidance. We’ve a tried and tested programme which constantly evolves depending on our students’ needs.
If you are New to our Sixth Form
Each year we have a large number of students who join us from different schools. To help these students settle with us, we have a dedicated Sixth Form team together with form tutors who should be the first port of call for any questions.
Our sixth form students benefit from a pastoral system based on small tutor groups with experienced tutors who support and guide them with focus on the individual.
Our tutors are the first point of contact for any student’s concerns and provide practical guidance on how to balance commitment to lessons, private study, enrichment activities and relaxation, whilst monitoring their progression, attendance and behaviour.
All our sixth form students have a one hour timetabled session of PSHCE each fortnight. The programme is designed to support with things related to sixth form study and beyond, that fall outside of your normal lessons.
The sessions are mainly run by our sixth form team but will often involve external speakers coming in to give specialist information. Our sixth form team will share their wisdom on learning strategies, stress management and student finance and external speakers have visited us from the Rotary Club or universities we have relationships with.
The ‘16-19 Bursary Fund’ is in place to support those students who face financial barriers when continuing with sixth form education if their household income is below £20,000 a year. Eligible students will need to apply for the bursary each September and evidence of household income will need to be provided. The applications will be reviewed during the first half-term and students will be informed by letter if their application has been successful.
If you would like any more information regarding the 16–19 Bursary, please get in contact with Mrs Waterworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free School Meals
If students were in receipt of free school meals in Year 11 this support will continue in the sixth form with the amount being credited daily to their lunch card. This cannot be accumulated; any amount not spent on a particular day will be removed from the card at the end of that day.
To ensure that students from further afield are able to get to us easily and on time each day, we run a free minibus service both before and after school, to and from the West Leeds area. Students can sign up to reserve a place on the minibus when they enrol at our sixth form (first come, first serve).
The current stops in a morning are as follows with approximate times, however, these are subject to change dependant on our students’ requirements. The same stops are also used after school has finished.
Current Horsforth School Students
Deciding what to do after GCSEs can be a big decision so we start to offer student support in Year 10; here are some of our key initiatives:
- Our dedicated Careers Advisor and sixth form team are always on hand to give a helping hand right through to GCSE results day.
- In Year 10, work experience week takes place every June, where students can get a flavour for life outside of school and try out a career choice they might be interested in.
- Then, the Careers Fair every July gives students the opportunity to talk to visiting exhibitors from universities, colleges, the armed forces and a selection of companies.
- In Year 11 students can attend our sixth form open evening in the autumn term with their parents/carers. This is their opportunity to talk to Curriculum Leaders and ask the important questions to find out about the subjects they are thinking about studying.
- Assistance with the sixth form intentions forms completed during form time before Christmas and next steps meetings with our sixth form team to confirm the offer of a place from the January.
- Sixth form presence at Year 11 Parents’ Evening to offer guidance and support.
- Our sixth form experience day in June provides an extra opportunity for students to have a ‘taster’ of sixth form. On this day they can try out lessons, find out about study patterns, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the work experience element and other enhancement opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh, the Japan Super Science trip, sport teams, debating clubs and our voluntary community service initiative. Plus meet our sixth form team and some current students.
- On GCSE results day we provide intensive support for students to make the transition to sixth form seamless.
- An enrolment day at the start of sixth form to settle students and explain what’s what.
New Students Joining our Sixth Form
Whilst your current school will offer support and guidance, we are also here to help to make joining us as a new student as easy and seamless as possible. Here are some of the things you can expect:
- Come to our sixth form open evening in the autumn term and bring along your parents/carers too. Get a feel for our sixth form, talk to our Curriculum Leaders about the subjects they teach, hear from our Headteacher and current Year 12 students, especially the ones who joined us from other schools and meet our sixth form team.
- Make sure you have a good read of our prospectus and all the information about the courses we offer on this website.
- If you apply online to join our sixth form (great!), you will start to get to know our dedicated Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Waterworth, who will always be on hand for any question, big or small.
- The next chance to meet us will be at your informal interview with one of the members of the sixth form team from the January of Year 11 onwards.
- Our sixth form experience day in the summer term provides an extra opportunity for students to have a ‘taster’ of sixth form. On this day they can try out lessons, find out about study patterns, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the work experience element and other enhancement opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh, the Japan Super Science trip, sport teams, debating clubs and our voluntary community service initiative. Plus meet our sixth form team and some current students.
- On GCSE results day we provide intensive support for students to make the transition to sixth form seamless. We are available in person if you need to come and talk to us.
- An enrolment day at the start of sixth form to settle students and explain what’s what.
Planning Your Future
We have a dedicated careers team (including a full-time Careers Advisor in school) who are available at all times to help and support our students with progression and next steps guidance.
As well as regular drop-in sessions, all students have at least one formal careers interview with those students opting to follow the work experience pathway as part of their programme of study receiving additional support.
We have developed a full careers programme to ensure that all students, no matter what their future aspirations, are fully prepared for the next steps in their life.
Enables our students to look at all the available information regarding university and apprenticeships into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.
It is not limited to university information and every student, no matter what their intended destinations, can build up a picture of their successes and achievements during Year 12 to assist them either a UCAS application or producing a CV.
Students are guided through the platform during supplementary studies and tutor times.
We offer bespoke and guidance and support from the start of Year 12 for students wanting to follow the UCAS application process.
Each student can talk to their tutor and a member of the sixth form team in September of Year 12 regarding career and higher education intentions.
Students are notified on a weekly basis about relevant university open days and taster days and work experience opportunities to complement their studies and to support their career aspirations after sixth form.
All students are given the opportunity to undertake a Higher Education training event with us through which advice about choices, personal statement writing, UCAS registration and technical aspects of the applications procedure are shared. Then can participate in an individual interview exploring Higher Education intentions in June of Year 12 and parents/carers are formally involved through a Higher Education evening in the summer term of Year 12.
Students are given a wealth other information including guides about applying through UCAS including FAQs, and example personal statements and research materials tailored to each student’s specific course intentions.
Students and parents/carers also receive a formal presentation about Student Finance, which is usually delivered by specialist staff from a leading university, most recently the University of Bradford.
We have close links with a variety of universities, offer trips to higher education and careers fairs, immersion days at a variety of higher education providers (including Cambridge University) and a specific package of support for those applying for Oxbridge or for other ‘early application’ subjects (such as Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry).
To give you a flavour, here are some of the previous opportunities our students have received:
- Immersion day at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
- Higher Education Fair at Leeds Beckett University
- National Apprenticeship Show
- Carnegie sport experience day at Leeds Beckett University
- Chemistry trip to Salford University
- Forensics trip at Royal Northern College of Nursing
- English trip to Leeds Trinity University