St. Michael's Sixth Form?
At the end of Year 11, the majority of our students choose to continue their education at St. Michael’s Sixth Form Centre. Here we offer a core provision of A level and Level 3 Vocational qualifications. In addition, students can choose to study an additional course at our partner College – South Sefton Sixth Form College. We will signpost appropriate provision for our students to support their educational pathway and future career. This is supported by Independent Advice and Guidance provided by our Careers Connexions Adviser
For further information, please contact Mr D Meir, Head of Sixth Form.
St Michael’s Sixth Form Mission Statement
We aim for our Sixth form students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
This is a caring Sixth Form committed to ensuring that all students achieve at the highest level. All members of the school are valued and will find respect for themselves, their families and their traditions.
- To develop and nurture independence, confidence and self-esteem…
- by building on and developing new skills, knowledge and understanding to enable our students to become independent learners
- by enabling students to make informed choices and decisionsby developing personal organisation skills
- by recognising and respecting students hopes, dreams and aspirations
- by building successful relationships with others
- by working towards and gaining recognised qualifications and accredited awards
- by being involved in planning for adulthood, having a voice and developing self-advocacy skillsby planning individualised pathways and targets to support a student’s future career aspirations
- by having fun and enjoyment through the activities they participate in
We are an inclusive Sixth Form, for example, by promoting the understanding of students with autism. This is driven by our students who passionately want others to know what it is like to be autistic, and to be able to support other students on the autistic spectrum. Care will also be taken to ensure that students develop skills that will increase their opportunities for an active role in society after their school life. Staff will also work to ensure that the students join in the full range of extra curricular and curriculum opportunities such as student committees (eg Charity, Entertainment, Events) and student consultations of all kinds. We will support and encourage our students to succeed and prepare them for their adult life, enabling them to play a full part in modern British society.
We run workshops concerning experiences and issues that relate to modern British society. The "Game On" workshop in September explores the counter-arguments to extremist narratives to empower the learners to be able to critically think and challenge as young citizens. It explores how communities change and the subsequent possible impact using a Home Office approved deliverer.
The Sixth Form works with Reveal Theatre and its Game On initiative.
Game On is a project that has worked with the Prevent agenda since 2007 using drama interventions to challenge extremist ideologies from Reveal Theatre’s experiences with extremist groups based in the UK. It is a Home Office Best Practice project and has come top of the Home Office's evaluation and monitoring process. It has worked closely with the Behavioural Insights Team for Prevent in measuring the positive impacts of the Game On project. The workshop addresses the local pressures of the Far Right, in particular the recent demonstration at St George’s Hall Liverpool by a collection of Neo Nazi groups (North West Infidels/National Action) plus the ongoing threat from Islamist extremism that seeks to divide communities and recruit from both Muslim and non-Muslim profiles and backgrounds.
It is the belief of staff at St Michael’s that motivation is a key to students learning and so all programmes for all students will consider the variety and challenge for students to ensure they remain successful, confident and well - motivated learners.
All the work in the Sixth Form will be planned to ensure that all students develop their self-esteem and pride in their own abilities. This will be as a result of rewards and praise and the involvement of pupils in their own assessment but also through events such as the annual awards evening.
A principle of the work of the Sixth Form is the emphasis on the development of communication skills for all pupils. Opportunities will be offered for students to develop skills through a variety of means including Student Committees. The 'student voice' is listened to and acted upon.
The Sixth Form will continue to be part of the whole school self evaluation systems which are in place to continually monitor and improve the quality of the work of the Sixth Form. This also involves quality assurance work with South Sefton College.
Citizenship and the world of work
The Sixth Form aims to provide students with the opportunities to build on previously acquired skills, to begin to develop an individual adult identity and benefit from impartial IAG via the Connexions Advisor.
Life In The Sixth Form
Sixth Form Newsletter Examples
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
The Sixth Form take on a variety of responsibilities such as student leaders in PE and the Sixth Form Prefect Leadership Team run a variety of committees. Sixth formers are involved in aspirational and improvement work within Key Stage 3 and 4, for example, speaking in assemblies and subject mentoring work. We work closely with partner schools and universities, for example, taking part in the Cambridge University HE+ Programme and the Liverpool University Scholars Scheme. We develop business links, which are key to improving student awareness of job markets, hold Careers and HE Fairs and have strong links with local Churches, taking part in a retreat at a local Convent, and working with community groups and organisations such as the Rotary Club. As a result, this helps to provide work related learning opportunities, workshops and masterclasses, visits and work experience, but it also helps us deliver a well-rounded sixth form education and experience to our students.
Sixth Form Team
Students are offered continual support throughout their time with us. They have form tutors, and Mr Meir and Mr Farnan are on duty in the Sixth Form area from 8am until 4pm 5 days a week. Support includes study skills, preparation for Work Experience, help with Apprenticeship and UCAS applications, advice on student bursaries, travel costs, higher education funding, grants CVs, application forms and interview preparation. Support and help are available if personal difficulties are getting in the way of studies. External Speakers who visit us include Apprenticeship Providers, the NHS and and Universities.
Quiet spaces are provided where students can talk through their problems and work towards making them easier to handle.
“Collaboration with the wider community, including innovative links with higher education institutions, is strong.’’ SIAMS Report 2015
Opportunities available include participation in the MNCO Scheme, the National Citizen Service Programme and visits to HE Institutions such as Liverpool Hope University, with whom we are in Partnership.
Students are encouraged to take an active role in School life, for example, from Lower School Form Faith Leaders, supporting School productions, helping to run Sports teams, support the School Chaplain, set up Clubs, such as a Film or Comic Book Club, to working in Departments by working as Mentors or offering classroom support.
Guided study time is to be allocated allowing for quiet study and opportunities for personal development including producing an individual learning plan. Interviews/support sessions with students on the SEN register are held once a fortnight.
Our School Careers Adviser is there to help students find the right path, providing impartial advice and guidance on everything from education, training and work prospects. Our Adviser is available every Tuesday and Wednesday. St Michael’s Sixth Form recognises the importance of its role in preparing our young people for participation in society as informed and active citizens, empowered through knowledge to make changes concerning the issues that affect them and those around them.
The Guidance lessons are specifically designed to address the needs of our pupils. They map their progression over the AS and A2 level courses. Topics include:
Social Media and the Law /Using it to Further Your CareerNote-taking: How to Take Notes EffectivelyIndependent Learning/How To Read Around Your SubjectTime Management: How to Balance all of Your CommitmentsTopical Issues (current affairs). Mental health/avoiding stressFinancial PlanningCareer Planning/CV Writing/Apprenticeship and University applications
Example Guidance Programme for 2014/15
Induction Day Participatory Drama Workshop- Reveal Theatre Company. Examining the topics of aspiration, life skills and empowering students for Sixth Form by identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Developing awareness and strategies for independent learning.
11th September Talk by former student about Life in the 6th Form
24th September Y13 – UCAS Day, Liverpool Hope University. Campus Tour, Finance Talk and UCAS workshop.
September 2014 – Y12 Study Skills + Reflection Afternoon at the Salesian Sisters’ Parochial House + Talk by Father O’Shaughnessy.
October 1st 2014 -“Game On” uses theatre and drama techniques to explore and challenge views and opinions that can impact on a community. Reveal Theatre Company present, “Silent Anger The Workshops”, in association with Staffordshire Police. These interactive drama workshops explore the issues of language, of extremism and the ideologies that can lead to violent extremism and acts of terrorism.
January 2015 Futures Day –Y13 Interviews/Careers/CV/Cooking on a budget-living away from home
January 2015 Futures Day – Y12 Careers/CV/Cooking on a budget
Y13 Interviews – Study Support
Y12 Interviews - Study Support
Y12 June Work Experience
Y12 June/July- HE Conference Liverpool University
Liverpool Hope University Campus Visit
As well as a broad curriculum aimed at developing the students’ skills and abilities in post school life the Sixth Form is committed to offering a range of opportunities that will enrich the students experience and develop their knowledge of the wider world. It is an opportunity to opt for an activity which complements courses and enhances future employment and higher education opportunities.
The Sixth Form Football Team
Lydia Papworth Studying Pharmacy at Nottingham University
“I chose to study for sixth form at St.Michael’s as I knew the teachers well, so I felt comfortable asking them questions. The class sizes were small, so you got virtually one to one teaching and guidance and the atmosphere is nice, you feel part of an enlarged family, as everyone knows each other. I feel that St. Michaels has given me good preparation for University. I have now left St. Michael's to study Pharmacy at Nottingham University. In the future I hope to become either a community or hospital pharmacist, possibly specialising in paediatric pharmacy.”
We are extremely proud of our students and the Sixth Form experience and any prospective parent/carer or student is most welcome to visit us and to find out about our first class sixth form.