Life in Sixth Form
The Liberal Studies programme (weekly talks and seminars from external speakers on a wide range of relevant topics), Sixth Form study skills sessions and a choice of involvement in Community Service, Sustain (School's recycling initiative), Learning Support or student mentoring will complete a student's timetable, in addition to their subject lessons and individual study periods.
The weekly Year 12 enrichment sessions offer wide ranging guidance on careers, further education and personal well-being. Outside speakers introduce students to a variety of political, moral and social issues. Bi-weekly liberal guidance sessions continue in Year 13, with more focus on careers, higher education and preparation for life after Parmiter's.
Sixth Form students play a unique and valuable role, contributing actively to the wider life of the school community. We encourage all Sixth Form students to participate in activities that develop personal and social skills, and offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities in music, drama, sport and many other areas. There is a thriving Community Service programme, opportunities to support the learning of younger students and the chance to lead on a number of activities, including the school’s recycling initiative, ‘Sustain’.
There are also opportunities, for instance, to take part in debating, public speaking and the Dragon’s Apprentice competition and the Engineering Education Scheme. There are numerous trips and visits related to the curriculum, on offer within the UK and abroad, and many students also participate in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Silver and Gold), foreign expeditions (True Adventure to Cambodia and Tanzania), school exchanges (with Eton and Sherborne Schools) and study weeks at Villiers Park. The Prefect and House systems offer opportunities for students to test and enhance their leadership, communication and organisational skills, while helping us to run events at the school.
Students who continue their studies in the Sixth Form or join us from other schools settle in very quickly. We believe that this is because of the excellent pastoral care and, where appropriate, mentoring provided by the Sixth Form team, as well as the friendly and welcoming nature of our students. In this stimulating and rewarding environment, our students become confident and well-rounded young people prepared for adult life.
The Sixth Form students enjoy excellent facilities, including a Conference Centre, a large Common Room, a Sixth Form Learning Resources Centre for silent study and various quiet study areas; the library and study areas are both equipped with computers. We are lucky to have a number of different study areas within the Sixth Form centre to accommodate small group working as well as independent study. Cafe6 in the Sixth Form centre is open all day serving a great variety of food and drink options.
Sixth Form Clubs and Societies
The Sixth Form and the wider school provide a large range of activities for students to get involved with. From Sport, to Music, subject or career related, creative or for fun, there is something for everyone.
Our students run a large number of thriving clubs and societies which extend beyond the timetable. Students are actively encouraged to take part in these for their own personal development and in preparation for life after A-levels. As part of the Sixth Form induction we hold a ‘Freshers'’ type fair enabling all new students to find out what's available and sign up to join in. Clubs and Societies for Sixth Form
Smart dress is important to our school and Sixth Form students are often called upon to give visitor tours and meet with external visitors so all students are expected to always follow the Sixth Form Uniform Code. The dress code, which is smart and business-like, allows a degree of flexibility within a range of specified colours.
Code of Conduct
All Sixth Form students are required to sign a code of conduct document which is their personal commitment to A-level studies and expectation of their behaviour whilst in sixth form. The code of conduct covers the key aspects of A-level studies and class participation, Attendance, Appearance and Appreciation of the Sixth Form Learning environment.
Home study is a privilege for all Sixth Form students and is in place to encourage independent study in preparation for life after Parmiters. All students must be in school between 8:35am – 1:20pm each day. Home study can be taken during period 5, if students have no lessons. This means that students may leave school at 1:20pm, if they have no timetabled lesson after lunchtime. All students are required to check out when they leave before the end of the school day.
Driving to School
During students’ time in the Sixth Form, many will learn to drive. Another privilege afforded to Sixth Formers is that they are allowed to bring their cars onto the school site for parking. Students are expected to drive sensibly at all times, adhering to the speed limit. Any student seen driving recklessly or found to be parking irresponsibly will have this privilege taken away.
Members of the Sixth Form are able to have their own locker which can be booked directly with the locker company www.ilsschools.co.uk
Financial assistance for students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers can take up the Government bursary, details of which will be shared with students within the first few weeks of joining Parmiters sixth form. Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
The School Bursary Policy is available in our list of policies. Click here to view.
Letters to Parents
Letters are sent out to parents via our In-Touch email system. A list of all letters sent out can be be viewed here