Verulam School has a fantastic sixth form with over 250 students accessing a wide variety of courses at A-Level and BTEC. We form a key role in the larger BeauSandVer Trust which has over 800 students across the three schools. This relationship gives our students a far greater choice and flexibility of subjects. Our purpose built Sixth Form Centre which opened in 2014 provides students with the latest study facilities in specifically designated post-16 accommodation. Alongside specialist teaching rooms, students have social and private study areas available from 7am to 5.30pm daily. There is excellent Wi-Fi provision throughout plus access the lap-tops, I.T. rooms and the library for independent study. We also provide full time supervised study to support students.
Students have a tutor who will guide them through the two years of post-16 study; acting as both academic mentor and the first point of contact in terms of welfare or personal concerns. Students meet their tutors twice daily as a regular point of contact for all aspects of pastoral work and to monitor academic progress. Eventually the tutor will act as the referee for university, apprenticeship and career applications. The diverse pastoral programme covers career planning and higher education research with access to independent guidance via Connexions, university admissions tutors, student finance experts and representatives from the National Citizenship Service. We run an event in the summer term called Facing the Future where students will experience two interviews with professionals from a range of industries to further support job and university applications. Additionally, pastoral work covers a range of personal, social, health and cultural issues.
Ambitious and demanding targets are set at the beginning of students’ courses using data from performance at GCSE. Progress is rigorously monitored through half-termly assessments to help ensure that students are on course to fulfil their potential and realise their higher education or career aspirations. A range of intervention activities are put in place to help students achieve their goals including half term classes and revision sessions.
At Verulam we recognise that alongside academic study, it is important that students partake in a wide variety of activities to help them build confidence, collaborative skills, interpersonal qualities and the capacity to cope with responsibility. These include participating in schemes to work with younger students as a reading mentor or as welfare prefect; helping to run a club or society with a sporting, hobby or cultural focus; completion of silver and gold level Duke of Edinburgh Award; and taking on broader responsibilities as a senior prefect. We also offer successful senior sports teams in Rugby, Football, Fencing, Netball and Athletics.
Each Friday afternoon we offer an Engaging Minds series of lectures from an outside speaker to help broaden experience and understanding of; current affairs, cultural topics, the role of sports in society, business and entrepreneurial matters, politics, scientific issues or inspirational life stories. Verulam Sixth Form aims to enable our students to be confident, articulate and successful young people in order to achieve excellence. For more information please read our prospectus and admissions criteria or arrange to take part in our Open Morning.
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