Bingley Grammar School

Life in the Sixth Form

Head Boy and Girl Landscape 2018 webWe are Haris Ahmed and Laura Jagger, the Head Boy and Head Girl of Bingley Grammar School. We thought that it would be useful for you to have a student view of life here in the Sixth Form!

At Bingley Grammar School, the majority of the Sixth Formers spend their days in The Hills, a block reserved specifically for Sixth Form study. Downstairs, we have a Bistro and Study Space, and upstairs we have a large Study Room with computers and desks for silent study, two classrooms which can also be used for private study when they are not timetabled for classes, and the Sixth Form staff offices. The library is also usually available for Sixth Form use.

The Sixth Form Team

Our Sixth Form Team comprises of four invaluable staff members: 

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Here are the staff based in the Sixth Form:

Mr Greening, Head of Sixth Form: Mr Greening is a teacher of Law and Geography, but he also makes all the big decisions and is there to answer any questions you might have about the Sixth Form.

Mr Brown, Assistant Head of Sixth Form: As well as a Biology teacher, Mr Brown is in charge of Year 12 and is always available for a chat over any problems, be they academic or pastoral.

Mrs Booth, Sixth Form Coordinator: Mrs Booth oversees all things UCAS – if you have a problem or query to do with higher education, she will probably have the answer! Mrs Booth has a lot to do with Year 13 in the university application process, but she also deals with the Sixth Form application process, so she is the person to see if you’re a Year 11 student hoping to join the Sixth Form.

Mr Bridge, Student Support Officer: Mr Bridge is here for any problems you’re having to do with Sixth Form life, as well as any personal concerns. He also makes sure that we are making the most of the study and lesson time we have at school.

Mrs Durrans, Careers and Sixth Form Attendance Officer: Mrs Durrans provides careers advice and is the person to see about work experience.  Mrs Durrans also looks after Sixth Form attendance.

Mrs Bradley, Year 11 Student Support Officer: Although Mrs Bradley mainly looks after Year 11 students, she shares an office with Mr Bridge upstairs in The Hills, and is often involved with the life of the Sixth Form!

The Senior Student Team

We have a small team of Year 13 students, including ourselves, who work with the staff and other sixth form students.  These are some of the things we are involved with:

  • The Samaritans’ Purse Shoebox Appeal
  • Other charity events (e.g. bake sales)
  • Leavers’ hoodies
  • Leavers’ yearbook
  • Head Boy and Head Girl speech at school events
  • Open Days (tour guides and subject stands)
  • Induction days/launch evenings for new Year 12s and external students
  • Presenting to lower school in assemblies
  • Pupil Premium Mentoring

And many more!

A Day in the Sixth Form

Year 12: School starts at 8:30am. Morning registration runs from 8:30am to 8:40am, and this is where daily notices are given out.  Most Year 12 students take 3 subjects so you’ll probably have around 11 non-contact periods in a week, and the rest of the time will be taken up with lessons. However, these non-contacts are not an opportunity to do nothing! Instead it would be useful to catch up with homework and notes during this time.  Year 12s and Year 13s have different breaks and lunches so that the Bistro isn’t overcrowded - Year 12 break time is 10:20am and lunch time is at 12:20pm. At the end of the day there is a twenty-minute tutorial during which form tutors go through presentations concerning revision techniques, school events, opportunities and important events in the news, as well as sometimes providing an opportunity to do some work or create revision timetables.  From around May time tutors work with students on developing CVs, personal statements and applications.

6th form 01Year 13:  Year 13 students are encouraged to manage their own time more and do not have to attend daily registration and tutorials as long as all lessons are attended and their studies are going well.  Year 13 break time is at 11:10am and lunch time is at 13:10pm. Most Year 13 students apply to university; much of the preparation for this is done towards the end of Year 12, but Mrs Booth works with Year 13 students to help them submit their university applications.  Students who decide to apply for apprenticeships, college or employment receive one-to-one guidance from Mrs Durrans.

Top Tips for Sixth Form

Here are some top tips that we came up with to really help you through your Sixth Form education:

  • Try not to take any time off as you'll have lots of work to catch up on when you come back.
  • Work as hard as you can from the very beginning - as well as doing homework, you should go over your notes at the end of each day.
  • Print off the specifications for your subjects and use this as a checklist of what you should be learning - also, looking at examiner's reports is always useful.
  • There are a lot of assessments throughout Sixth Form - no one likes them, but they are actually a really good way of checking your progress. Don't worry if you initially drop down a few grades from GCSE - the jump from GCSE to A level is massive!
  • Think ahead now about which subject is your favourite - before you know it you'll be applying to university! Be realistic - many courses such as Medicine have GCSE requirements so make sure that you meet these if you're planning on pursuing a specific career path.
  • If you think your subject choice may be wrong, see a member of the Sixth Form team as soon as possible. Make sure you are doing subjects for the right reasons, not because your parents or friends want you to do them. The Sixth Form Team have a lot of experience in this, so take their advice.
  • Always follow the dress code at school - there will be rules about what to wear in any workplace later in life, so it’s good to get in the habit now.
  • Communication is really important - check your emails at least once a day as staff use emails much more with Sixth Formers.

We hope that you find this useful, and if anyone wants to ask us anything about the Sixth Form please email us via the Sixth Form address: sixth@bingleygrammar.org.