WELCOME TO CHENEY SCHOOL SIXTH FORM
Cheney Sixth Form is a vibrant and diverse community where staff, students and parents/carers support each other to be confident, resilient and successful. We all take pride in, and responsibility for, our Sixth Form and value its power to raise aspirations across the school, within our Trust and beyond.
In a nutshell, you can expect:
- Challenging, inspirationally taught classes
- First-class UCAS and ‘next stage’ support
- Wide-ranging extra-curricular tutoring program
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- Thought-provoking speakers & assemblies
- Mentoring program to secure progress
- Pastoral support to help with mental health & wellbeing
- Student Leadership team
- Leadership opportunities throughout the school
- Annual student conference
- Gold Duke of Edinburgh
- Access to Brookes University facilities
"The new Head of Sixth Form has a clear plan on how she intends to further improve post-16 provision" - Ofsted 2018
You can expect your Sixth Form studies to be challenging, rewarding and fun. We offer students a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities and support to help them successfully transition to the next stage of life - whatever that might be. We offer stimulating A-Levels and BTECs, taught by an inspiring and committed group of professionals. The academic side of our students’ school life is supplemented with a wide-ranging tutor and volunteering program. We provide lessons on personal study skills, social & political issues, mental health and wellbeing, and look at developing leadership skills.
"The trips are great! Gives you the opportunity to socialise with the people you wouldn't normally meet." Year 12 student
Volunteering, Duke of Edinburgh and EPQ
Our volunteering program encourages students to take key roles in the school: helping younger students with their studies, mentoring students with any challenges they may be facing, helping with events and activities, and working on school improvement with the Senior Leadership Team. We firmly believe that our Sixth Form students should take leadership roles in the school and have an impact on how we improve. We also offer Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
We hold a Sixth Form Assembly every two weeks, and work hard to ensure they are thought provoking, inspirational and challenging, and and encourage discussion and debate. Over the years, we have enjoyed talks from a diverse range of speakers including Jeremy Paxman, Caroline Lucas, Alastair Campbell and Helen Pankhurst.
We have a loud and prominent student voice in our Sixth Form. Our Student Leadership team are pivotal to our community, and play a very important role in ensuring the Sixth Form continues to improve, to meet the existing and new needs of students and staff. We hold an annual student conference where we provide a stimulating program of talks and discussions, and secure students’ feedback on how we can improve further.
Brookes next door!
We are lucky to be right next door to Brookes University and our students can take full advantage of the facilities that this offers; all our Year 13s can use the study spaces during the school day (apart from around university exam periods) and also enjoy using the coffee bars and chill-out areas. Each year, students benefit from the Brookes Engage programme of lectures, tuition, support and fun, giving them an insight into Higher Education.
"I like the freedoms – we get a lot more independence and I have learned how to use the time efficiently. This will serve me well in the future." Year 12 student
Alongside the pastoral team, we have specific Sixth Form mentors who work closely with students to ensure that progress is at or above expectations.
"The tutor sessions are great for talking about issues that are not subject related." Year 13 Student
All of this is underpinned by a nurturing and supportive pastoral system. Our Sixth Form team includes two dedicated Pastoral staff, who know all of our students individually and support them to problem solve any issues they are facing. We carefully monitor attendance, which is key to ensuring successful outcomes and we work hard to ensure that there are calm and productive study spaces available to them throughout the day. Our door is (almost) always open and our office is never empty for long!
16-19 Bursary Fund
While you are in 16-19 education you should feel able to take advantage of all the opportunities on offer, without worrying about the cost. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to you if you are ever in financial need. If you have been Pupil Premium or Free School Meals at any point in secondary school, you may well be eligible for the Bursary Fund. Please come and talk to Ms Hackett, Ms Warbrick or Mrs Blair in the Sixth Form Office for more information. Please be aware, however, that the value and distribution of awards made from the Bursary Fund are subject to change each year depending on government guidance, universal credit roll-out, your personal circumstances, and the number of people applying for support.