Wessex Learning Trust
Support & Guidance
At Nailsea Sixth Form we pride ourselves on the fantastic support offered to our students during their post 16 journey. The Sixth Form team are highly committed to students achieving success, and therefore every student can expect personalised support to ensure they excel.
We want every student to make the most of their experience at Nailsea Sixth Form, therefore communication between school and home is vital. Please call or email if you have any concerns or questions, however trivial. Sixth Form is a new experience for both students and parents, and we are here to help.
Our students follow a two-year pathway program designed around the Gatsby benchmarks to provide them with the tools and confidence to make informed choices about their chosen career path. During this program they will engage in a wide variety of activities that will help build their knowledge of careers and ensure they are aspiring to reach their potential.
The aims of this program are:
The program will include the following:
In addition to this program pupils will be offered a wide range of careers opportunities throughout the year, this will include guest speakers, virtual work experience and aim higher activities. All of these opportunities will allow pupils to understand their skills and qualities and be able to achieve their goals after leaving Nailsea Sixth Form.
We have highly experienced subject teachers who take pride in the level of support provided for the students studying their courses.
Tutors arrange 1:1 mentoring session throughout the year to discuss any potential barriers to students reaching their potential, as well as reviewing academic progress and reporting grades.
Our Learning Mentor works with individuals and small groups to ensure they have the required study skills to be a successful Sixth Form student.
The Sixth Form Leadership Team regularly review progress data and plan timely and purposeful intervention strategies to support those students who are underachieving.
We support students in applying for the HE+ Scheme and embed this into the advice and guidance when considering highly competitive courses and universities, such as Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, music conservatoires and Russell Group. Students engage in the HE+ programme during Year 12, where they access online sessions and resources from Cambridge University, attend conference days with other schools in Somerset and participate in workshops from Admission Tutors from Cambridge University, and finally attend a 2 day residential at Trinity Hall College at Cambridge University.
We also run an Aspire Pathway as part of our enrichment programme. This scheme offers bespoke support to students applying for more competitive courses, through guiding their analysis of wider reading, supporting applications and providing interview advice and guidance. For students who are applying to Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, music conservatoires, a subject specialist acts as their Mentor to support and guide their wider reading and engagement in the subject. The Sixth Form leadership team oversee these applications, including their personal statements and references.
The 1:1 mentoring sessions arranged by Tutors not only focus on academic support, but also explore any additional barriers and discuss the most appropriate pastoral strategies to remove the impact of those barriers on students reaching their potential.
Our Heads of Year lead on the pastoral wellbeing of the students within their care, and liaise with parents/carers, teachers, tutors and external agencies to understand the context for every student.
Nailsea School’s dedicated Safeguarding Team works closely with those students who require a higher level of support, and regularly communicates with external agencies involved with the student or family.
Click through to our ‘Wellbeing Support‘ page for useful links
The government supports students to stay in education post-16 by providing schools and Sixth Forms with access to 16-19 Bursary Funding. This aims to provide support to help students overcome specific barriers to ensure they can remain and attend education.
The support that the Bursary Fund provides can vary, depending on students’ individual financial circumstance and the funding available to Nailsea School.
Nailsea School Sixth Form Bursary Policy: DOWNLOAD HERE
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