The study of A levels is the central pillar of Claremont’s academic life in the Sixth Form. While the great majority of students tend to pursue three A levels, we seek to tailor our provision to the individual student’s particular learning needs. As well as A levels, we offer students the opportunity to study Level 3 BTEC qualifications in some subjects as well as Level 3 opportunities in Sports Leaders Award, Arts Awards, and LAMDA qualifications which all carry significant UCAS tariff points. Our portfolio of subjects seeks to cater to all of the traditional subject areas (Science, Humanities and Creative Arts) while also opening up new avenues for sixth form study (Psychology, Government & Politics, Economics) and more practical subjects in the BTEC and Award qualifications.
In keeping with our overall vision for the Sixth Form, the emphasis both inside and outside the classroom will be the development of the ‘individual’, celebrating the uniqueness and interests of each student. There is a comprehensive enrichment programme in the Sixth Form that aims to develop students in three key areas of their life, including their personal, professional, and academic lives. Nurturing a collaborative, committed and self-starting mentality is a central element in our commitment to prepare our students for the challenges of university or the workplace. Assessment is rigorous throughout the two years, with weekly tests providing students and parents with an ongoing measure of their progress throughout their sixth form studies.
The great debate surrounding the role and purpose of education has intensified and diversified in recent years. With grand changes to the national curriculum as well as shifts in job markets in the professional sectors has meant that, despite the efforts of recent governments, education has been looked upon by employers, parents, and many others as a skill creating machine readying young people for work rather than a robust academic environment where students learn for learning’s sake. GCSE and A level qualifications are now deemed to be the basic standard that most people achieve before applying for jobs, making it difficult to ascertain the difference between candidates and hence, the ensuing change in landscape. The Sixth Form at Claremont has taken on this challenge in a number of ways, adopting a coaching model of support for our students in all areas, which enhances their self awareness in each of the areas mentioned above. The building of self-confidence, self-awareness, and identifying motivations is a key part of the success of the Sixth Form delivered through the diverse range of qualifications as well as the ample opportunities offered in our Enrichment and Co-curricular Programmes.