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Message from Jemma Flaxton: Head of Sixth Form
Our mission in the sixth form at Tor Bridge is to support and encourage our learners to achieve the highest standards in both their academic and vocational qualifications.
Each student is treated very much as an individual and a young adult. Time and care is spent on the preparation of a schedule to suit each student's needs. Learners progress is carefully monitored by the tutor and teaching staff who give encouragement for each student to fulfil their potential in a supportive and friendly environment.
At the same time, we look to each student to take on responsibility, not only for their own learning, but also as a leader within the school community. We set high standards in an environment that will help build their self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst providing a role-model and support for the younger students.
Commitment and hard work are the keys to success and we intend that the work students do in the Sixth Form will be challenging. Qualifications have become increasingly important in the current economic climate, and the courses we offer are designed to give students the greatest chance of success in today's competitive marketplace. Working hard in the Sixth Form is rewarded, and we take great pride as we see many of our students taking up places in Higher Education and professional careers. We are proud of our successes in preparing students for their futures.
Naturally, we encourage our students to involve themselves in a wide range of activities. No-one should expect to have a quiet life in the Sixth Form! Apart from lessons, additional studies and private study, students can be found taking a lead in clubs, sports activities, dance productions, community service, charity work, committees, conferences and social events.
I hope that you are looking forward to the challenge, and the enjoyment, that the Sixth Form offers. I am looking forward to sharing these opportunities with you.
Head of Sixth Form
Our Sixth Form Prospectus
Work Experience Letter to Employer
Cat 1 & 2 Application
Cat 3 Application
Guidance for Cat 1 & 2
Guidance for Cat 3
Cade Week Ahead Week Beginning- 7/12/20
Theme of the week Reviewing My Progress
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• A reminder that students should be wearing masks in all communal areas
• Tutor rooms are unlocked and open in the mornings so it is not necessary for students to gather in the common room.
• We have additional spaces to use during break time and lunchtime to reduce overcrowding in the common room- the mezzanine and L205 are available.
• If students are on free periods then they do not need to remain in the common room but do need to be quiet if they wish to work in additional spaces such as the mezzanine or library. • Students may leave site in the afternoons if they have a free period
• Students may remain in the common room if they have a free period during lesson times as long as they work and observe the rules of study time.
• Please remember to observe social distancing as much as possible. Student Leadership- please see JFL on Wednesday in the Common Room Year 12 students who are interested in studying an EPQ to see JFL Tuesday during tutorial in the common room AMD is weds- all students to have appointments Please speak to your tutor about an opportunity from Nuffield Research Placements Programme 2020-21
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• If students are on free periods then they do not need to remain in the common room but do need to be quiet if they wish to work in additional spaces such as the mezzanine or library.
• Students may leave site in the afternoons if they have a free period
• Please remember to observe social distancing as much as possible. EPQ deadline is 16th December for year 13 students Please be advised that following the ofqual announcements regarding exams 2021 we will not receive any further details e.g. which topics will appear on papers until at least the end of January Advanced notice that PPE exams will occur for 2 weeks from w/c 18th January- timetables to follow in the new year, but students can liaise with subject teachers about which papers they will be required to take.
As a sixth form student and a senior member of the school it is vital that you behave in accordance with the rules and dress appropriately for your studies and thereby set an excellent example to the rest of the school. Your appearance should be NEAT AND TIDY, not present a Health & Safety hazard and you should wear clothing that is smart, appropriate for learning and professional.
Whilst there is not a uniform as in Years 7 to 11 you should refrain from wearing clothes considered by your Head of Sixth Form or school staff to be unsuitable.
Kooth- https://www.kooth.com/ our online mental health community with access to online counselling
Plymouth options- this service are based in town and provide support to 17-18 year olds regarding mental health. They will triage individuals, provide online therapy and face to face therapy based on individual needs. A self referral form can be found here: https://gateway.mayden.co.uk/referral-v2/b6c01a04-5c40-451f-9677-406a2f6d8fff
There are also a range of apps/ support that is accessible to students, all can be downloaded from google play or the app store.
Catch it- an app which is focused on cognitive behavioral therapy aiming at supporting students to manage negative thoughts
Chill panda- mindfulness and meditation techniques.
Calm harm- support for individuals who have the urge to self harm
SilverCloud- an 8 week free course helping individuals to manage stress, anxiety and depression
Worry tree- use CBT to help manage anxiety
If you would like advice or guidance on mental health wellbeing you can take part in the many support activities we have in school or follow the link below for further advice;