All our Sixth Form students receive dedicated RSHE/SCMS time each week during which our specialist Sixth Form tutors cover a wide range of topics, skills and activities. This is designed to supplement our academic curriculum, enhance our students’ cultural capital and provide students with opportunities to develop, discuss and reflect. Also as part of this we encourage all students to volunteer in our community and to lead on aspects of school life. We seek to prepare students to manage their current lives and lay the foundations for managing future experiences.
Our RSHE and Careers curriculum is underpinned by the RSHE standards, focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Learning opportunities in the wider world.
Our programme intent is to:
- promote students' moral, social, spiritual and cultural development, increasing their self-confidence, personal responsibility and independence.
- support every student to become a confident, healthy, considerate and responsible young adult.
- help equip each student with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices about their next steps.
- encourage a spirit of enquiry and communication.
In Year 12 our focus is initially the effective transition to Post 16 study and helping to provide students with the capacity to understand, develop and manage relationships, learn independently through the setting of targets and to develop strategies for effective self-discipline and time management. Year 12 students will have a focus on relationships and sexual education as part of the statutory requirements. Also, through the year, other RSHE areas are covered such as e-safety, healthy eating, drug and alcohol awareness, debating, personal finance and first aid. Year 12 students investigate the “world of work” before undertaking a two-week work experience. Year 12 students will also be given the opportunity to visit a University in the build up to all students completing a UCAS application, a valuable learning process
In Year 13 we support and advice our students in selecting and applying for University places, apprenticeships or employment are our major focus, along with Careers advice and exposure to the full range of Post 18 options available. We host a series of events from HE providers, apprenticeship providers and employers to speak and engage with our students. Students build on their work experience in Year 12 with mock interviews and careers talks with employers. The RSHE programme continues in Year 13 with students learning more about personal health and well-being along with topics like life skills, British values, safe travel and healthy lifestyles.
In addition to this, the students receive practical advice and sessions on how to manage stress, with the option to discover meditation and relaxation techniques. Students will be involved in investigating and learning more religions and cultures across the world. Linking to environmental issues too.
All our Sixth Form students benefit from a range of speakers and guests to help inform and inspire them to achieve their potential as well as opening their minds to the world around them.
This is the planned list for this academic year:
Fire Service Officer: Matt Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Police Officer: Jenny Holton Safe Drive Stay Alive presentation team
Doctor: Dougal McLellan Apprenticeship Ambassador:
Uni of South Wales Outreach: Oli Stacey WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network): Andrew Creed
Local Vicar: Ruth Gillings Local Iman: tbc
Buddhist priest: Bradford on Avon Temple. Local businesses (for interviews and talks): Various tbc, Sam Gompels
Coventry Building Society: Eira Brightman MOD apprentice ambassadors (past students): Michael McAlister