The GCSE exams are the end of compulsory education in the UK and are followed by Sixth Form or Key Stage 5. This comprises Year 12 and 13 and students work towards sitting their GCE Advanced Level examinations at the end of Year 13.
The Sixth Form is a vibrant body of students who continue to display multiple talents in so many areas, both academically and socially. There are a wide variety of subjects to choose from, giving each individual student the opportunity to reach the highest academic level in their chosen studies. Our results are always excellent and well above the UK national average with some of our students achieving Top in the World and Top in Spain Awards, which are given by the Cambridge Examination Board and the Edexcel Examination Board.
At this important stage we recognise that the Sixth Form students have different needs than those lower down at the school. As such they have the privilege of a common room to relax in during break and lunchtimes. We realise the importance of study periods in helping students organise themselves and broaden their subject knowledge. With this in mind, the library is a quiet area, equipped with facilities and additional support from the librarian for students during these times. We run an A-level Mindset program to help students with their future goals, to become independent learners, and to improve their time management, study and organisational skills. Form tutors are an important part of the Sixth Form’s support network, helping students to stay focused and on target.
It is recommended that pupils have achieved at least 5 IGCSE passes, grade C, (new grade 4 or 5), or above, to start 6th Form studies. AS and A Level subjects are highly academic and very demanding. Many subject teachers will make further recommendations regarding specific IGCSE subjects and require B/6 grades or higher. It is our aim to ensure students choose the right programme to ensure success and achieve the A Level grades necessary for the future.
It is important for students to learn to organise their time in Sixth Form. They have to become independent learners as well as be able to work as part of a team. They must be able to take responsibility, develop leadership skills and speak in public.
Sixth Form students are seen by many of the younger pupils as inspiration for the future. It is their responsibility to set a good example at all times in their behaviour, dress and attitude.
Students are expected to attend all of their lessons, every day between 9:15 and 4:45 p.m., in the same way as they would attend a workplace. The Dress Code must be respected at all times.
The relationship between teachers and students is one of collaboration and teamwork in order for students to attain the best all-round academic, social and personal profile for the future. By the time students leave BSV they should be ready for the ever-changing world outside. Our aim is for them to become Global Professionals through their chosen path whether it be one of Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Work and/or Travel.