Sixth Form

My name is Helen Fitzwilliam and I am delighted to be working as the pastoral lead for years 12 and 13.

My role is to ensure that each student makes the best possible progress through supporting each individual through their time in the Sixth Form. Together with the form tutors, I support students with pastoral needs and liaise with home. We seek to provide guidance on balancing the demands of a busy Sixth Form life and through the process of university and apprenticeship applications. I also work alongside the academy’s careers adviser to encourage students to explore the opportunities available to them and in facilitating relevant work experience.

Sixth form information

University Applications
If you receive all your University/College decisions by 31 March 2019, you must reply to any offers by Wed 1st May 2019

Student Finance
Please find below a useful link that provides all relevant information regarding student finance. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Year 12 Employability sessions

Working with local and national employers we have put together employability sessions to help our students develop key skills that they will need for the world of work and to help them be successful in the future.

So far, students had two sessions:

  1. Interview preparation – which included work etiquette
  2. Labour Market Information (LMI) – students received up to date information on the seven up and coming sectors in Lancashire.

In April, all students will have a mock interview with a real employer; this will also include detailed feedback.

Careers advice and Guidance

The Sixth Form have access to our Careers Advice Coordinator, Mrs Alicia Louth, who is on hand to assist with CV writing, applications, facilitating relevant work experience, volunteering opportunities and general work related enquiries.

Feedback on Work Experience

“I am doing work experience at Westgate Primary School and have been since September. Whilst I am there, I often read with individuals and work with a group of pupils in the afternoon when learning topic subjects. By doing this, I have developed my communication skills with younger people and I am now familiar with the classroom environment; this is where I want to be when I am older. Also, I have helped out in many sports events including athletics and netball. This has been very beneficial to me and has a been a good opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of teaching.”

Year 12 student

“Volunteering at The Sands Care Home has been a wonderful opportunity to improve my skills whilst helping those in my local community. There is no typical day here as each floor is devoted to the needs of individual residents, such as nursing or dementia care, and everyone has a different story to share with you. It has been lovely to be able to put a smile on the residents’ faces, whether by chatting with them, accompanying them on a walk or even planting flowers with them. So far, this experience has enabled me to gain a valuable insight into a healthcare environment and has further inspired me to pursue a medical career dedicated to helping those in need.”

Year 12 student