We 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.
Our Sixth Form Team comprises of four invaluable staff members:
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!
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:
And many more!
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.
Year 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.
Here are some top tips that we came up with to really help you through your Sixth Form education:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.