Sixth formers begin with four A-level subjects. In line with the reforms to the education system introduced at A-level in many subjects from September 2015, the current Lower Sixth form (2016-18) have chosen from a selection of unreformed and linear A-level subjects.
In the Lower Sixth form, each subject is allocated 10 hours of teaching per 10-day cycle; this increases to 11 hours in the Upper Sixth form. Pupils are expected to spend three to four hours per week outside of lessons on academic work in each A-level subject; this includes homework and extension work such as wider reading.
In the Lower Sixth Form, there are six hours per 10-day cycle for study periods, which pupils must organise as they see fit. They may be used for work or, if work is up to date, for relaxation. In the Upper Sixth form, time available for private study is dependent on each pupil’s subject profile (see below).
Wednesday afternoons are for games, activities or voluntary service.
Many pupils take on responsibilities to the community. Opportunities to undertake voluntary work are offered through the voluntary service scheme. Pupils visit local nurseries, primary schools, old people’s homes, hospitals and charity shops as well as working with children in special schools. This scheme provides a wealth of different experiences and the chance to help the local community. It takes place on a Wednesday afternoon as an alternative to games.
Duke of Edinburgh’s award
Service to the community is required to fulfil the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To obtain the award, pupils are required to undertake training and activities which correspond to four elements: skill, physical recreation, service and expedition. The Award can be entered at gold level in sixth form without any previous experience.
There should also be time for co-curricular activities which will help build a strong CV.
Upper sixth timetable changes
The timetable changes in the upper sixth, when most students will continue with three of their subjects to final A level examinations. These pupils either participate in the enrichment programme for two hours per cycle or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
The Enrichment Programme seeks to develop knowledge and skills in such areas which complement and contrast with the pupils’ academic subjects. This includes learning a language, developing practical cookery skills and undertaking a Skills for Life course.
Extended Project Qualification
The EPQ is an independent research project. Those students who choose to continue with four subjects to A level may opt to participate in the enrichment programme or EPQ as well.
Our sixth form handbook features information about life in the Stockport Grammar sixth form and acts as a prospectus for our A-level courses.