Welcome to Devizes Sixth Form
First of all, thank you for your interest in our Sixth Form.
Our overriding aim in Devizes Sixth Form is to maximise your academic achievement. This will enable you to access Higher Education, Further Education, or to gain employment with better prospects than would otherwise be the case. However there is obviously more to gain from two years with us than simply further academic qualifications. Part of being a Sixth Form student is the transition into adulthood, since you are most likely to reach 18 whilst with us. The staff/student relationship is therefore different in the Sixth Form. You wish to have more independence, more personal responsibility and be treated as a young adult. We offer that, indeed we expect that of you. Sixth Form is yet another stepping stone along your life path, and it is therefore important that this two way relationship works effectively. You will see and hear the phrase “right time, right place” many times whilst you are part of Devizes Sixth Form. Simple, clear and concise, it summarises your responsibility for your own progress and our expectation of you as a Sixth Form student.
A relatively small sixth form we pride ourselves on the quality of individual Information and Guidance (IAG) we provide you with as preparation for your next step, whatever that may be. For something like three quarters of our most recent Year 13 cohort it was Higher Education. If you are not going on to Higher Education we have piloted and are extending our Business Mentoring Programme, which links individual students to local businesses, to help develop your understanding of employment and indeed your employability.
Absolutely critical to your success is the quality of your start in September of Year 12 and the appropriate use of your study lessons is a major part of this transition. We have support systems in place to help you with the transition from GCSE study but, as the comment from a previous student on the final page of the prospectus makes clear, you also need to make a positive investment right from the start.
The prospectus gives you a feel for some of the things we do in Devizes Sixth Form. We have a wide range of subjects in the offer, academic and applied. Both achieve excellent results and allow us to help you tailor a learning programme which suits your needs and learning style, supporting positive outcomes. I therefore invite you to come and be a part of our continuing success.
G R Evans
Head of Sixth Form