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Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form, Pete Hogan

Within our thriving mixed Sixth Form of approximately 300 students, you will find a friendly and supportive community atmosphere. Every September, we are delighted to welcome our own Year 11 students and students from numerous other schools into the Sixth Form to show what we can offer.

Why Study at The Downs School Sixth Form?

Our students have a wide variety of different aspirations from university study of the competitive and academically challenging degree course to pursuing a creative career in the performing arts of an artistic field, or securing a position in employment or an apprenticeship.

Life at the The Downs School Sixth Form is not just about academic success; it is also about developing as a person and contributing to the school and the wider community. Co-curricular activities and leadership roles, alongside a broad tutorial and enrichment programme and work experience, enable our students to become well rounded and confident individuals. Whatever their dream, as a school, we encourage and support our students to achieve their potential.

It is with pride, every year, that we celebrate the success of our Sixth Form students at A Level. We look forward to their future successes and to welcoming them back to inspire future generations at The Downs School.

I look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form in the future.

Pete Hogan, Head of Sixth Form

Attending Sixth Form at The Downs will be the most satisfying period, intellectually and socially, of most students’ school career. It bridges the gap between the period of compulsory state education and taking one’s place in the adult world. Sixth Form students are not required to wear uniform, but there is a dress code.

Our Sixth Form sets a framework in which students, under the guidance of well-qualified staff, can continue their success into ‘A’ level studies. Staff who have known the students for several years will be instrumental in preparing them for life after school. We can offer a quiet, well-structured environment in which to study, with a high degree of individual attention.

Students are supported by a tutor, Head of Year and the Head of Sixth Form and benefit from close working relationships. Advice and guidance are given on time management and study skills and we are able to give additional time to students when they request it.

We encourage a wide range of extra curricular activities together with a wide variety of conferences and open days. We take part in an increasing range of sporting activities including matches against other Sixth Forms in the area. All students are encouraged to participate in a busy and varied social programme.

The comfortable and well-equipped common room and Cafe6 provide a relaxing base for Sixth Form students. The study areas have IT facilities.

Participation in the Sixth Form is also a challenging experience. Students are expected to apply themselves diligently to their studies to ensure that the investment in their education by the school, their families and themselves gains maximum rewards. There is a supervised study period programme in Yr 12 to encourage quiet regular study.

Students entering the Sixth Form will already have had the opportunity to discuss their plans for the future with their families, the careers service and staff. There is also an opportunity to attend a Sixth Form open evening for prospective students in the Autumn term where subject teachers and current students are available and the Head of Sixth Form, gives a presentation on the Downs School's post 16 provision and extra advice from leading universities on choice of subjects. Success with these plans will require commitment.

We welcome students who want to succeed, who have a positive attitude to the Sixth Form, the school and to the community, and who are willing to work constructively with their peers and tutors. We expect students to work hard and achieve their goals, which will enable them to leave our Sixth Form with good qualifications, an informed approach to the world around them and a clear vision of their next goal in life. In return, we will work hard on their behalf so that together we can work towards their goals.

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