The Sixth Form at KES offers a diverse range of academic and vocational courses. It also provides students with support to help them develop the skills and mentality to become independent, proactive and self-directed, and to take responsibility for their future learning or employment.
Alongside a student’s chosen subjects they will be expected to undertake supervised study. In 2016-2017, this amounts to five periods per fortnight. It is designed to help students make the transition from a timetable where every period has an allocated lesson to one where there is non-lesson time for students to manage. Students also follow a programme of enrichment comprising personal, social, economic, and health education, as well as citizenship and enterprising activities. There is a good range of other extra-curricular activities on offer, including after school clubs (sporting as well as more general ones), opportunities to take part in all the varied KES productions and to take a leading role in fund-raising activities like ‘Children In Need’ and ‘Comic Relief’.
Sixth Form students are encouraged to take ownership of their surroundings and they will be very much involved in the planning and development of the Sixth Form provision. They are treated as young adults and will be expected to conduct themselves appropriately and set good examples by their demeanour, dress and behaviour. They are also expected to be involved in whole-school events and act as ambassadors and role models to younger students.
There are considerable, distinct advantages in students continuing their education at KES. Statistics show that students gain significantly better results in school sixth forms rather than transferring to colleges. At KES these advantages include:
- A wide range of academic and vocational courses for students of all abilities and aspirations, which prepare students for the demands of higher education and the world of work.
- Specialist staff who tailor their teaching to meet the abilities and aspirations of all students.
- Smaller class sizes than colleges so that all students can be treated as individuals and have their personal needs catered for.
- A well-established system of pastoral care in which individual support is given on a regular basis. In addition, there is structured careers guidance, so that students make informed choices about their future – whether this is starting work or going on to higher education.
- Opportunities for students to demonstrate personal qualities of leadership, initiative, responsibility and cooperation. All students can enjoy involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service and work experience.
- A familiar environment where students feel relaxed and secure and where new students are welcomed and encouraged so they settle quickly and make good progress.