The Sixth Form is an influential, important and integral part of our Sion community. Our expectation is that students will be positively committed to achieving success in their studies, and that they will be a good role model for the rest of the School. This means understanding, respecting and supporting the School’s ethos of “Consideration Always”.
Apart from timetabled sessions, students should expect to spend time on their set work, reading and background studies. They should spend four to five hours per subject each week in self- directed study, increasing in the run up to exams.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is started in the Spring Term of Year 12, for completion by the Easter break in Year 13. There are regular support and taught sessions to assist students with completing the EPQ but we do expect much of the work to be managed and completed independently.
Students may use the Resource Centre or rooms in the Sixth Form Block for private study; helping them get into the discipline of self-managed study. We ask students to respect the need for quiet in study periods and to use this time effectively for themselves and others. This means avoiding activities which may be a distraction.
Academic progress will be closely monitored through regular progress reporting, in addition to the usual testing and reporting procedure. If students fail to reach the required standard in the end of Year 12 examinations they may not be able to continue to study that subject in Year 13.
All courses at Sion encourage students to look outward. Field trips in Geography are an integral part of the A-Level Geography course.
There are several theatre trips and conference visits throughout the year, as well as events organised by subject leaders to supplement studies.
We are proud that many of our students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme in the main school, some of them choosing to challenge themselves further by participating through to Gold Level.
The Outset Youth Action Programme has become an increasingly important part of the Sixth Form curriculum. Students are involved in a number of activities, including working in the local hospital, our Junior School, in charity shops and with children with disabilities and the elderly.
Students in our Sixth Form often participate in musical events at the School including the senior choir and instrumental works. They are also active participants in school drama productions and help with a variety of tasks such as stage management.
For those who require it, Catholic Holy Day Masses are held in St. Mary’s adjacent to the School, while the School Chapel is always open to Sixth Formers for private meditation and prayer.
Our desire is that students are successful and happy at Our Lady of Sion Sixth Form. With the support of subject teachers, form tutors and the pastoral team we are certain that will be the case.