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SIXTH FORM LIFE                                   students wish to take advantage of this. Experienced staff   Sports
                                                              and tutors play a key role in supporting students through
                                                              the process. We also have a designated member of staff,   Cardinal Heenan Catholic
                                                              Mrs V O’Farrell, who helps Year 13 students with their   High School was awarded
            Form Groups                                                                                        Sports College status
                                                              UCAS personal statements.
            Year 12 students are placed in form groups when they                                               in 2001. The school
                                                                                                               is renowned
            start sixth form in September. A level and BTEC students   Study periods and Independent Learning  locally and
            are placed together in socially mixed groups. Sixth form   A major difference in Sixth Form from the main school
            tutors are chosen for their experience and expertise in   is that students have some ‘free’ periods between their   nationally for its
                                                                                                               prowess in a number
            dealing with the concerns of youngsters in the 16 - 19 age   lessons. We understand that, as young people, they still
            group. This means that sixth form tutors are usually very   need some structure to help with their independent learning   of sporting fields, but in
                                                                                                               particular football. Cardinal
            experienced in and knowledgeable about issues that affect   and studies. For this reason, all students have a proportion   Heenan Sixth Form students
            sixth formers. They are often the first person a student with   of their ‘free’ periods designated as independent ‘study’
            difficulties will speak to and they are the key members of   periods. These study periods appear on the students’   have access to the very impressive
                                                                                                               sporting facilities of the school,
            staff involved in writing UCAS references.        timetables and they are times when the students attend
                                                              the study centre. The Study Centre Manager, Gary Aster,   including a purpose-built Lifestyles
            Tutorial sessions                                 monitors attendance at study periods. He also supervises   gymnasium, state-of-the art fitness machines
            We work closely with individuals so that their personal   the students in their work as well as providing excellent   and equipment, a purpose-built sports hall, all-
            needs are known and met. Timetabled tutorial sessions   learning support.                          weather astro-turf pitches and extensive playing fields. Sixth
                                                                                                               form sports teams include football and rugby, and students
            with the Information, Guidance and Advice mentor, Paul
            Pomford, are provided to support individuals and help   Sixth Form Council                         compete in local and national under-19 competitions.
                                                                                                               Many sixth form students also work with younger students
            them cope with the demands of Sixth Form study. These   Student representatives meet to discuss issues of   by helping to coach and organise teams and sporting
            sessions also prepare them for leaving Sixth Form and   importance to students, whether they be related to the
            entering employment or Higher Education.          school curriculum or are social issues. The council has   competitions.
                                                              responsibility for the setting up of the social calendar   Tailored Enrichment and PSHE
            Study skills tutorials                            for the year. A range of events are organised during the
            Year 12 students will receive advanced study skills tutorials   year, culminating in the “Summer Prom” which marks the   PSHE and Enrichment are delivered as a structured course
                                                                                                               which revolves around individual students’ needs. Issues
            with Gary Aster, the Study Centre Manager, on a half-  end of Year 13. Members of the Sixth Form Council and
            termly basis. Gary’s tutorials offer small groups of these   wider sixth form population are involved in lower school   such as personal finance, road safety and health and
                                                                                                               well being are regular topics covered. This programme
            students specialist help in essay-writing technique, revision   forums such as the West Derby Celebration of
            techniques and skills of analysis.                Music. They may also be paid for lower school    is delivered by dedicated sixth form staff and external
                                                              supervision duties.                              agencies.
            Careers Education and Guidance
            An extensive careers education and guidance programme   Head Boy and Head Girl
            is available to students throughout the Sixth Form. Students   Year 13 pupils may apply to be considered for the role of
            can take advantage of specialist advice and attend a   head boy and girl. They go through a formal application
            number of organised events such as work placement   for the role and have an interview.
            opportunities, apprenticeship evenings and UCAS evenings.
            Visiting speakers from outside agencies are arranged,                                        Year 12 learning First Aid
            alongside visits to universities. A number of sessions are
            given over to the university application process, as many




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