Being a Sixth Form student is very different from the life you have been used to. Study at Key Stage 5 is much harder – it demands a much greater sense of responsibility for the workload, a greater intellectual and academic awareness and above all, it requires consistent and considerable hard work. We believe that Year 12 and 13 are an important stage in education when students need to develop the skills of self-management, self-discipline, independence and responsibility in order to progress successfully into the world of work or Higher Education.
A student's view
The step up ...
Becoming a Sixth Form student can be a challenging and daunting prospect and to make the step up from GCSE to A level requires the right mind set. As an A level student, a consistent and sufficient level of study is pivotal to success at Greensward Academy. Nevertheless, the exceptional team of teachers will be sure to push you to ensure you acquire the grades you aspire to achieve. As said by the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Benson, "it is absolutely essential that you are on the right course and that you enjoy it." To help with this, Greensward Academy offers option talks to discuss the subjects at an Information Evening on 6 November, and during the academy day for existing Year 11 students, a fully informative prospectus (see below) and the option to change your choice of subjects until September. This is offered as the academy considers the enjoyment of your subjects is crucial to educational success.
The atmosphere ...
At Greensward Academy Sixth Form there is always a positive and friendly atmosphere. Current Sixth Form students have described it as a "good, cohesive environment". Students feel safe and maintain a friendly attitude towards others. This is encouraged in our common room which includes ambient seating to allow students a chance to socialise and take a break from the stress of Sixth Form life. Students feel that maintaining a positive atmosphere cuts out any distractions and helps them to fully focus on their subjects of choice in order to maximise their potential.
The Sixth Form Centre ...
The Sixth Form Centre is a free flowing, well situated building that creates a picturesque, ideal learning setting for all students. Facilities include a Law room with an oval-shaped working area to encourage open legal discussion and debate; a Supervised Study Room with 30 computers and tables; a common room with ambient seating and television and next to this is Cafe 6 that offers various pastries, paninis, sandwiches, salads, fruits and drinks. Behind the Sixth Form Centre is the student garden which includes a decking area with seating.
Dress Code ...
Although students are not required to wear Greensward Academy uniform, they are expected to dress smartly at all times i.e. business wear. Students should be happy to attend a job interview in what they are wearing.
What skills are learnt?One of the ultimate goals of Greensward Academy's Sixth Form is to make the transition from being a pupil to becoming a student. Being a student at Greensward Academy's Sixth Form is not just about studying, but about developing as a person. Current Sixth Form students have stated that they have developed problem solving skills and have learned to work under time constraints. Nonetheless, a hard work ethic is key to success and is very beneficial in preparing students for their next step in their careers by making them independent and responsible.
Other areas of interest
Sixth Form students are encouraged to become involved in other activities either in or out of school. In the past these have included working with elderly people in the community, working with primary students in our partner primary schools, supporting the Integrated Learning Suite at the academy, training to become a Peer Mentor and supporting students within the academy. There is a Senior Student Team and each year applications are invited for the positions within this team: Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and Senior Student Team. At the end of Year 12, students take part in the Insight Into Leadership event which involves the creation of a chocolate product and culminates in a Trade Fair.
What our students say about the Sixth Form
"Greensward Academy is a place which allows you to grow as a person and as an academic. Its friendly staff guide you with such reassurance, that you never feel lost or unsupported. However, the boundaries of staff and student are still there; a firm but fair ethos means we always know what is expected of us. The best thing about Greensward though is the students. I have met people I know that will become my lifelong friends and that is pretty special."
"As someone who joined Greensward Sixth Form from another school, I was amazed at how friendly everyone was. I settled in really quickly and have made some brilliant friends. The teachers do loads to help me and are always really approachable when I have a question. Greensward has helped me out loads and I am not afraid to tell people ... whilst I was showing a guest round during Open Evening recently they said they couldn't imagine a student who could speak more highly of a school. What makes it really special is that I meant every word!"
Year 12 Law Competition
Sophie Barrett and Max Edmonds entered a Law moot organised by a firm of solicitors in Leigh-on-Sea. A moot is a mock legal hearing where students play the role of lawyers and deliver oral arguments on one or more points of law. Students must also respond to questions posed by the judges on the spot. At the end of the moot, the judges give a short judgement on the points of law and then their decision as to which student(s) performed the best. Sophie and Max faced Southend High School for Boys in the semi-final on Monday 8 June and were victorious. The judges were particularly impressed by Sophie's presentation of her arguments. Greensward Academy now faces Seevic College in the final on Thursday 18 June.
Please click on the links below to access our current Sixth Form prospectus and Application forms both internal and external.
Sixth Form Courses
GCEs - AS and A2
BTEC (Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma)
BTEC (Level 3 Diploma)
Cache Childcare (Level 2 & 3)
Diploma in Hairdressing (Level 2)
The decision on what subjects to study in your post 16 programme of study is one of the most important decisions you will make. There is a wealth of advice and guidance available at the academy. The Sixth Form team of staff are available to provide advice and guidance on any aspect of your Sixth Form curriculum. Full details of subjects offered and how to apply are contained in the Sixth Form Prospectus. The choice is yours - but be confident that we will help you turn your choices into your successes.