Never has the role of a ‘Sixth Form’ been more important than it is today. In an era when the options available to a ‘school leaver’ are diverse, inspiring, yet also challenging, a school’s duty is clear: to prepare, advise and guide students so that they can enter the next stage of their life confident and equipped to thrive and progress. School leavers in the 21st century face difficult questions. Do I go to university or not? Should I start work and train in the workplace? Should I take vocational or academic courses? Should I take a Gap Year? How am I going to afford the next stage of my life? Will I get a job?
The Claremont Sixth Form experience is designed with this knowledge at its very heart. Our aim is to prepare young men and women, both inside and outside the classroom so that they are equipped with the right balance of knowledge and skills to not only make good decisions about their futures, but to be the masters of their own destiny when priorities and interests evolve or even change completely. Our study programmes are tailored to the individual, academically rigorous, and supported by the widest possible range of ‘hands-on’ learning experiences. This means that when Sixth Form students leave Claremont, they take with them a portfolio of evidence not only charting their academic attainment, but also evidencing the skills they have developed, experiences they have had and all round capabilities as a student, employee and citizen.
We help students develop and apply their leadership, organisational and communication skills as part of a wider, more ‘character-led’ education that promotes social responsibility, adaptability, empathy, collaborative working and a well-calibrated moral compass. The programme is delivered with energy and dedication by a team of staff who are experts in their field. The transition from childhood to adult life is further supported by a truly outstanding pastoral system with the role of the personal tutor at its heart.
There are no specific barriers to studying at Claremont Sixth Form; however, we would expect those pursuing a full A Level programme to have at least five A* to C grades at GCSE and at least a B grade in those subjects they wish to study at A Level. In some subjects this threshold might be higher. The school reserves the right to refuse entry onto particular courses if it is felt that students will not cope with the demands of a subject.