Our pupils’ attainment reflects the investment we make in each young person. The aim of sixth form life at Stockport Grammar School is for pupils to develop as useful, contributing members of society; to be responsible, considerate, self-disciplined, reliable and socially aware. Our sixth form balances a measure of pupil freedom with a high level of support and guidance, vital at this crucial stage of education.
A greater responsibility
A-level studies demand that pupils take a much greater responsibility for their own learning, whilst introducing a degree of specialisation of study which is very different from the broad range of subjects taken at GCSE. In addition, the Ucas application system and the university lifestyle upon which our pupils will shortly be embarking require considerable personal and intellectual advances.
The support offered to Stockport Grammar School sixth formers is designed to guide them through this transition, increasing their skills and confidence in preparation for university and subsequent employment.
Small tutor groups
Pupils have daily access to support in the form of their tutor. Small tutor groups meet each morning, consisting of around 14 pupils. Pupils will usually be assigned a tutor who is based within the department of one of their A-level courses. In this way, advice can be sought and problems dealt with as swiftly as possible. The progress of all sixth formers is regularly assessed and reviewed.
Feedback for parents
Half-termly effort grades are issued in addition to twice-yearly reports and a parents’ evening each year. A few weeks into the first term of lower sixth there is an information evening for parents and pupils, whilst later on in the lower sixth year a higher education evening is held.
At each stage the head of sixth form, Mr David Stone, and his heads of year (the head of lower sixth and the head of upper sixth) take a close interest in the progress and welfare of every pupil.