Sixth Form

Sixth Form

Preparing our students for A-Levels, university and beyond.

Our Sixth Form is a centre of both personal and academic excellence due to the many opportunities that we can offer our students. A strong pastoral commitment is at the heart of all we do and a dedicated Sixth Form team provide all the support and guidance necessary for academic success and life after school.

Our Sixth Form students benefit from being taught in small classes by experienced A-Level teachers, who have a genuine passion for their subject.

As well as offering a wide range of A-Level subjects, we also provide students with the opportunity to enrich their Sixth Form experience through the AQA Baccalaureate qualification which provides both crucial university research and study skills and enrichment opportunities.

We ensure that not only are our students able to submit highly competitive applications to top universities around the world, but that they also have the skills and attributes to ensure success as independent young adults in the 21st Century. We have absolute confidence that we will provide exactly what each individual student needs.

Students in the Sixth Form follow an academic programme based on the AS and A-Level syllabuses from Cambridge International Examinations and AQA. A-Levels are the ‘gold standard’ post-16 qualification and are highly valued by universities and employers around the world. The A-Levels we offer give students the best preparation for their future.

Students are encouraged to choose subjects they are passionate about, have a natural aptitude for and are willing and able to study for two more years. Naturally, a certain level of academic achievement in these subjects is also required for the student to be successful in their final examinations. Students in Year 11 will be guided by teachers and tutors to help them make sensible decisions on subjects to study at A-Level. Year 11 students receive an A-Level options booklet and are invited, along with their parents, to an information session to give them more information about the subjects available. Academic staff are on hand to answer any questions. All of our Information Sessions are also available to any external students interested in joining our Sixth Form.

Subjects currently on offer

  • 3D Design
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information & Communication
    Technologies (ICT)
  • Mandarin
  • Maths and Further Maths
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish

AQA

Students are offered the opportunity to study for the AQA Baccalaureate (AQA Bacc) alongside their A-Level subjects. The AQA Bacc gives students an edge in the highly competitive process of moving from school to employment or Higher Education. By combining core A-Level subjects with wider learning and enrichment activities, the AQA Bacc enables students to display the necessary personal skills and academic abilities.

EPQ

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an internationally recognised and highly regarded undertaking that ‘allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A-Level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.’ Students work on their EPQ either as part of the AQA Baccalaureate or as a ‘stand alone’ qualification. The EPQ requires and develops key skills in project management, research, analysis and self-reflection and further demands that students engage in planning and working independently.

Studying in the Sixth Form at ISP is a unique experience characterised by highly structured academic tutorial support, individualised academic programmes and strong pastoral support. Our students are allocated into tutor groups, which is the heart of our pastoral system, and they spend time with their tutor each day.

Tutors are available at any time for our students to seek support and there are opportunities across the year for parents to meet with tutors to learn more about their progress. Our unique Academic Monitoring programme ensures students have the resources and guidance needed to be successful.

The Enrichment programme at ISP follows three strands: Personal Growth and Development; Community Outreach and Work Experience. We recognise that for students to be well-rounded upon graduation, they must also be involved in activities outside of the classroom. Such activities enable students to broaden their horizons, encourage personal development, present new challenges and enable skills that academic studies alone cannot.

A defining feature of the Sixth Form is the Leadership Camp which takes place over a weekend early on in the academic year. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, develop critical thinking and reflection skills and improve their leadership potential.

Each week, students participate in physical education lessons aimed at promoting health and fitness as well as being an enjoyable break from studies. There are also co-curricular activities available such as the school orchestra, drama productions and sports teams, allowing students to pursue areas of interest beyond the academic curriculum. All students in the Sixth Form take part in the Community Outreach and Life Skills (COALS) programme.

Careers Advice and University Counselling / Visiting Universities Programme

We are able to provide an excellent provision for all of our students, due to the dedicated careers advice given by our highly professional and experienced staff and team of Sixth Form Tutors. Our combined approach of technical expertise and pastoral care means that students in the Sixth Form receive advice and support that is current, relevant and personalised.

Student Life

The Sixth Form is accommodated in its own centre, providing a unique environment in which students can study, collaborate and socialise. The Sixth Form centre is very much the heart of the Sixth Form and is on two floors containing a student lounge, a kitchen and dining area, study areas, a conference room and classrooms. Sixth Form students are not required to wear school uniform and instead are asked to wear ‘business attire’ each day.

Across the academic year, there are social opportunities organised by the students themselves.

Two key events on the Sixth Form calendar are the ‘24 hour race’, a charity event in which our students participate annually and also the ‘Sixth Form Graduation Ball’, which is an annual event held to congratulate the graduating students of Year 13 and celebrate the year.

Regular parent information sessions and meetings facilitate strong communication links between school and home, enabling parents to keep abreast of all recent educational developments.

We recognise the importance of maintaining clear lines of communication to ensure every Sixth Form student is provided with the very best support and guidance throughout their A-Level studies to ensure that they achieve their academic goals and are fully prepared for life beyond the Sixth Form.

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