Our vision for all Misbourne students is that they leave us at 18 with the qualifications, skills and confidence to stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone in the workplace and beyond. We are forward thinking and outward looking as we strive to deliver a world-class education for our Sixth Formers.
New for September 2021, we are launching our unique LEAP Award, which has been designed to highlight to universities and prospective employers the many additional activities that all of our Sixth Formers undertake throughout their time here beyond their academic studies. We expect all our students to work towards this
These accomplishments fall into four categories:
- Leading Change – Taking on a student leadership role or pursuing a social action project.
- Enriching Others – Supporting students through paired reading, clubs or mentoring.
- Additional Qualification – Pursuing a sports or music award, completing a MOOC, EPQ, DofE or Young Enterprise
- Preparing for your Future – Completing a week’s work experience
To help support students in achieving this award and complementing their academic studies, they can get involved in the following:
- National Citizenship Service Award: Open to all Year 12 students. This experience enables the year group to bond and support each other through 3 days of team building activities working with Action4Youth. They then complete 2 days worth of skill development, such as working on first aid and public speaking, before finally completing 30 hours of social action. This entails them working with local charities and fundraising for them, developing their confidence, team work and problem-solving abilities. This is a highly regarded award by universities and has many transferable skills to the world of work.
- Student Leadership: Year 13 student leaders form the Senior Student Leadership Team and work with students in their smaller school on a number of initiatives such as Eco Schools or peer mentoring. Year 12s can apply to be Year 12 Prefects who also take on a significant role with leading their smaller school on a number of projects.
- Supporting Charitable Organisations: Our Sixth Form students are great ambassadors for various charity organisations; they always get involved with fundraising and raising people’s awareness about the different charities we as a school support. Students help organise different events, the selling of various charity items and encourage younger years to support around the school.
- Gold Duke of Edinburgh: Our Duke of Edinburgh scheme includes opportunities for students in Sixth Form to broaden their skills and challenge themselves both mentally and physically to achieve success and receive an accreditation for their efforts. Young Enterprise: Students in Year 12 are given the opportunity to enter the ‘Young Enterprise’ initiative through our business department. A number of keen entrepreneurs take up this opportunity and are given the chance to select, design and market a product for sale. Our most recent team, ‘Surge Enterprises’, made it through to a regional final. Extended Project Qualification: We are currently working with our first two pilot cohorts of EPQ students and look forward to seeing what they produce at the end of the academic year. EPQ is an academic qualification which enables our Sixth Form students to study something outside of their chosen curriculum areas. It is a research based qualification which will support our students in university applications and will provide them with essential skills whilst at University.
- Working within the school community: As a school we have high expectations that all our Sixth Form students to support their school community and the communities they live in. There are a number of ways people can get involved and help younger students, vulnerable students as well as the staff in the school, including:
- Paired Reading
- Supporting and running extra-curricular activities
- Peer Mentoring
- Supporting as guides during open mornings and open evenings
- School assemblies
- Eco-Schools Initiative
- School Charity Events
Students track their activities and competencies using Unifrog. This helps them see their growth and development throughout their time in the Sixth Form.
In addition to the wealth of enrichment opportunities outlined below, all our students are enriched through the following ways:
- Assemblies: Sixth Form assemblies are delivered by a wide range of students, staff and outside speakers. They cover a variety of topics and give students insights into wider issues relating to them and the world they live in. They are a key part of delivering relevant SMSC topics in addition to what’s delivered through schemes of work around the school.
- Safe Drive/Stay Alive: All Year 12 students attend and experience a production run by Thames Valley Police highlighting the dangers they may face on today’s roads, as well as the ways they can stay safe whilst driving and as a passenger. They receive a follow up assembly on this topic 6 months later.
- Elevate Education: Taking useful notes and the ability to consolidate information are key skills to success at Sixth Form. With this in mind, the school provides two annual sessions for all Year 12 students in which young and inspirational Elevate Education speakers runs session throughout the day to support our Sixth Formers in approaching their studies appropriately plus time management skills.
- Guest Speakers and Workshops: We have a number of guest speakers/organisations who come into the school to speak to our Sixth Form. We have devised a programme of speakers where people have been selected to deliver informative and interesting sessions. These may include:
- Paul Hannaford – Drugs Awareness
- Personal Skills Finance – Developing Financial Literacy
- MIND – Wellbeing Support
- Careers Talks – Awareness of different types of industries
- University Visitors: Both existing university students and graduates come into school to share their university experiences with our students, covering every aspect including student finance, personal statements and open days. Our university speakers offer our students an insight into the courses they themselves studied and the reasons why. They also talk about what the courses entail/entailed as well as the extra-curricular opportunities available to students, including a wide range of sporting and cultural societies which can help shape and develop young people.
- University Visits: We run trips to local universities such Buckinghamshire New University and Oxford Brookes, in order to give our students a taste of university life and introduce them to the types of courses they may be interested in studying including subject-specific sessions. This provides a baseline open day experience at our local partnership provider to whom we sent the highest number of graduates out of all our destinations, and students are encouraged to attend and compare this to other universities in which they are interested.
- Work Experience: All Year 12 students are expected to undertake a week’s work experience in order to gain experience and learn transferable skills which will support them in a wide manner of roles. This has been very successful in the past with students being offered extended placements and in some cases jobs alongside their studies or apprentice offers to commence after Year 13.
- Careers: We work closely with our connexions adviser in order to support our students in making the choices for their futures, and to ensure that no student leaves our school to become a ‘NEET’ whatever their circumstances or difficulties experienced at any point in their studies. All Year 13 students participate in a highly regarded careers day including a range of guests from business and industry working with students on interview and CV-writing skills.