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NEWS AND EVENTS
It is our experience and our belief that education has a transformational effect on the lives of young people.
Our mission is to ensure that the time your child spends in Robert Clack Sixth Form has an immensely positive effect on their future. We aspire to ensure that every one of our pupils secures a place at university, an apprenticeship or meaningful employment after Sixth Form.
We achieve our goals through excellent teaching, developing the behaviours and attitudes of success and building a strong and supportive Sixth Form community which includes the staff, pupils and their parents.
We strive to ensure that all pupils aspire to reach their full potential and set themselves ambitious goals for the future.
GCSE grades are not the best predictor or success at Sixth Form. It is the learning behaviours and characteristics of the pupil that are most important.
For a students to excel, they must model the characteristics and behaviours shared by all highly successful pupils:
• Vision: the most successful pupils have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and why they are studying their chosen subjects.
• Effort: the most successful pupils apply the appropriate amount of effort to reach their goals. We estimate that the most successful Year 13 pupils complete 5 hours of planned study per subject per week.
• Systems: the most successful pupils have highly effective systems of study and revision; they work ‘hard’ and ‘smart’.
• Practise: the most successful pupils regularly practise what they learn in class using past exam questions. They stretch themselves and focus on ‘knowledge’ not just ‘information’. Most importantly they learn from their mistakes.
• Attitude: the most successful pupils have an excellent attitude to learning and are positive, motivated and resilient. They are able to deal with set-backs and continue to work hard.
It is therefore the role of all teachers and staff at Robert Clack School to support our pupils to develop and display these behaviours and characteristics.
A range of programmes of study are available to our Sixth Form pupils to cater for a wide range of interests and aspirations. Pupils can chose to study a purely academic programme (i.e. A Levels only) or a purely vocational programme (i.e. BTEC and Cambridge Technical qualifications) or a mixture of the two.
In total there are over 40 subjects available for students to study including some full time options. It is through our collaboration with two other local schools as part of the North East Consortium that were are able to offer such a wide curriculum choice.
In addition to the core academic or vocational subjects that a pupil studies, a wide range of enrichment and personal develop opportunities are on offer. These form an integral part of a pupil’s timetable and ensure that they develop the skills and attributes that are valued by universities and employers. These options include our prestigious rugby and netball academies, the Duke of Edinburgh award, the Extended Project Qualification, Debate and a variety of community outreach programmes.
You can find out more about our curriculum offer in the ‘curriculum offer and entry criteria’ section.
A Levels and Level 3 vocational qualifications place significant demands on pupils in terms of the need to become independent and responsible learners, whilst at the same time maturing as a person.
In addition to actively teaching and developing the characteristics and behaviours of success, we invest heavily in the pastoral support that we provide our students. In addition to the Sixth Form team, a team of specifically trained Sixth Form mentors and Key Stage 5 Subject Leaders work together to ensure that each pupil is supported in achieving excellence.
Regular assemblies and a tailored programme of seminars and personal development days provide pupils the additional support they require to succeed. There are specific programmes to support students applying to competitive University courses and for students applying to apprenticeships.
In addition to working with our partners schools in the North East Consortium, we collaborate with a number of high profile partners to ensure that all students the access and information they need to help prepare them for their future Careers.
Our partners include the University of Durham, the University of Oxford, the Social Mobility Foundation, Kings College London, the Sutton Trust (UK and USA), Leadership through Sport, Debate Mate, the Brilliant Club, Ford Motor Company, Robert Clack Alumni and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.
All pupils complete a high quality work experience placement in Year 12 and have accesses to a Local Authority careers advisor. Students have the opportunity to attend events including theatre trips, overseas trips as well as Higher Education and Employment fairs.
Our pupils achieve highly in both A Level and Level 3 vocational qualifications. We are very proud of our track record of sending pupils to University.
A significant number of our pupils secure places at some of the most competitive institutions (i.e. Oxbridge, Russell Group and Top Third Universities) and on some of the most competitive courses (i.e. Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Midwifery and Nursing).
We are very proud of the achievements of our Sixth Form pupils and look forward to many more successes in future.
You can find out more about our successes in the ‘Results and Destinations’ section.