For parents this may be a perplexing and worrying time as the uncertain jobs market and expense of university education have some of us wondering how our young people will cope. If you are a student this is probably an exciting time full of promise, ambition and a little impatience to be moving on to the next stage of your lives. I am confident that for Chauncy’s intelligent, determined and hardworking young people the future is bright and their optimism is matched by their high expectations of themselves and their teachers.
Our 6th Form has quadrupled in size over the last few years and unusually for popular schools we continue to welcome students of different abilities onto our different pathways. Our A grade Year 11 students follow highly academic courses, achieve A grades at A Level and go on to study at the top universities. Others work really hard at a wide range of subjects and go on to university where they do very well. A further group may study one or more of our vocational courses and progress into Higher Education courses or to good employment opportunities. The range of courses has attracted around 20 students from other schools this year and we have an excellent record of success with incoming students.
Our 6th Form staff team is a committed group of adults determined to help all students achieve their best. Pablo Ardiles is Head of 6th and he works closely with Jill Warner who is our non-teaching Student Support Manager, available throughout the day to work with young people and their families when times get too exciting, overpowering or stressful. Individual and group study support is offered by our team of mentors. Mandy Overton provides Performance Coaching – what I call, “Helping A grade students get A grades.”
Students enjoy sole use of their 4 rooms – all designed to support study. They organise charity events and add to their studies with a range of subjects and activities. A number have signed up for an additional qualification: The Extended Project qualification (EPQ) and many are converting their General Studies or Film Studies voluntary classes into AS qualifications. I am delighted to see 6th Formers setting such an enthusiastic example to the younger students and their work as anti-bullying and reading mentors, sports coaches, club leaders and party organisers shows a happy bunch of young people working hard, enjoying their time together and looking forward confidently.
I hope we can offer you the courses and opportunities you seek and that you decide to join us in our 6th Form. You will have the support, skills and talents of a great staff dedicated to your success.
Dennis O’Sullivan (Headteacher)