6th Form Academic Support
We are very proud of our partnership arrangements with Bridgwater & Taunton College and Strode College and its success in enabling students to gain the qualifications needed for their desired career path. Further Education teaching takes place at the college sites and at Shapwick School. This system allows students the value of choosing from an extensive range of subjects from Foundation Learning to Extended Vocational Diplomas and A Levels and gives students access to bespoke, state of the art subject specific learning centres.
Each student is assigned to a Sixth Form Coordinator whose role is to provide support to students during their time at Sixth Form, including support with assignments and revision, progress tracking, developing time management, organisation and personal study skills, pastoral care and career route progression planning. Sixth Form Coordinators schedule weekly 1:1 sessions with each student and are also available for “drop in” support throughout the week. Sixth Form Coordinators are the initial point of contact for parents and College Tutors.
Maths and English
For those needing to complete English and Maths qualifications, small group and 1:1 teaching is available at the Sixth Form centre. Teaching follows both the GCSE and Functional Skills curriculums, with multiple opportunities to sit exams throughout the year. Our teachers are experienced in supporting students with SpLD and have developed a range of innovative and differentiated teaching methods, which are suited to the learners’ needs. Lessons are timetabled to fit around College lessons.
If the need for in-class support is recognised, either through an EHCP or by a student’s College Tutor, we can timetable in one of our experienced Learning Support Assistants. Our LSAs help students with reading and scribing during lessons, as well as disseminating information and instructions, organising work and communicating with College Tutors. Having LSAs at both Colleges also provides students with a go-to person “on the ground” at their College.
All students will undertake a Post-16 Access Arrangements assessment, and will be provided with the appropriate support for exams both at College and Sixth Form.