The transition from GCSE to A Level is considerable and can be a daunting prospect for many students; it requires determination, self-discipline, patience and a lot of hard work. The nature of studying also changes significantly in the Sixth Form, and as taught lessons are fewer than at GCSE, so the need to develop effective time-management and independent organisation skills becomes greater. Whilst we cannot promise you that your transition into Sixth Form will be without difficulty, we can promise that you will be supported every step of the way.
Spalding Grammar School Sixth Form is a large, successful, mixed sixth form of approximately 270 students, where there is an emphasis on academic excellence, delivered through a rich, relevant and stimulating curriculum with a strong academic core.
Students that join our Sixth Form benefit from a broad range of A Level subjects, complemented by an extensive enrichment programme that enables them to stand out from the crowd. Such choice and diversity means that we can offer all students a programme of study well suited to individual needs, which in turn promotes very positive attitudes to learning and ensures that students make good progress across all aspects of their study programmes. In 2015, the A Level pass-rate was 98%, and our current Year 13 students achieved 48% A-B in their AS examinations.
Just as in the main school, a cornerstone of our approach in the Sixth Form is the strength of relationships between staff and students, and we are committed to supporting the success of every student whether they are ‘home-grown’, or join us from another school in the region or beyond. The care and guidance that students receive is outstanding, and the vertical tutor system groupings, together with the strong support provided by pastoral staff, not only contribute significantly to students’ enjoyment of school but also enable students to develop clear and ambitious plans for their future. There is a real sense of community at Spalding Grammar School and the Sixth Form takes the lead in developing this community spirit through House activities, charity events and mentoring younger students.
If you are stimulated by academic challenges, want the opportunity to develop a wide range of talents, enjoy taking a leadership role and are looking to be part of a caring, friendly school, then I invite you to consider our Sixth Form.
B A Love
Director of Sixth Form Studies