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




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