Year Twelve - XII
Whether you are currently studying at The Lakes School or you are a student at another school or college, making the right decision about where you should undertake the next stage of your learning will play a key part in determining your future success.
At The Lakes School, we believe that we have a lot to offer students in the Sixth Form. We strive to ensure our students succeed by providing an environment where students are well supported in an atmosphere which promotes learning. Here every student is treated as an individual with strengths and abilities to cherish and extend. In this way students are supported and encouraged to acquire the skills and qualifications they need to enable them to fulfil their career aspirations.
The Sixth Form offers a broad curriculum. Alongside a comprehensive A-Level offering, we have vocational courses to fully support students for whom A-Levels are not the preferred option. We also feel that students should broaden their experience by taking part in non-examination studies, community service and extra curricular activities. Our philosophy is directed towards the development of mature, independent young adults, who are able to direct and organise their own academic studies and social lives, thereby enabling them to become contributing and confident members of society.
Our sixth formers have an impressive history of gaining outstanding results; every year a high percentage achieve a place at university. We are exceptionally proud of the results of our former students, with five obtaining places at Oxbridge Universities in the last few years.
Finally, I wish you every success as you complete your Key Stage 4 studies over the next few months – remember, hard work now will be rewarded in August! If you feel that you want to be part of our Sixth Form and will benefit from what we have to offer, then we would be delighted to help support you through the next exciting phase of your learning.
Miss Sharon Rainey, Director of Sixth Form
We have a broad range of subjects on offer in our Sixth Form. The list below covers our established course offer but do talk to us if there is a course you would like to follow which is not listed below as we are developing a number of links with other providers which might help us provide you with just the right programme of courses to suit you.
Art and Design
Extended Project Qualification
Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification provides a fantastic opportunity for Sixth Form students to immerse themselves in an area of academic study that inspires them. Through a 5000 word essay, the organisation of an event or the production of an artefact, Sixth Form students at The Lakes School can demonstrate to Universities and employers that they have the ability to study at degree level.
At The Lakes School, many Sixth Form students study the Extended Project Qualification, often out of an interest in something close to their hearts. Recently, students have produced highly academic essays and artefacts based on a variety of topics including medicine, criminology, law, extinction of animals, photography and sustainable fashions.
The EPQ is very well respected by Universities and can help students secure a place on their preferred degree course. The EPQ carries UCAS points.
Speak to your Sixth Form tutor or Miss Rainey or Mr Cunningham if you are interested in studying the EPQ.
Stepping into the Sixth Form
The transition from Year 11 to the Sixth Form can be a huge step for many students. Here at The Lakes School we encourage independent learning. Our enthusiastic staff are committed to providing the essential skills for the move into higher education or employment. Despite a more relaxed atmosphere, we consistently strive to maintain the important balance between work and play, enforcing a strong work ethic. In addition to our academic courses, we offer many other opportunities throughout the Sixth Form.
The main thrust of charity fund raising in the school takes place through the Sixth Form Charity Committee. This busy yet enjoyable part of life in the Sixth Form is centred on organising events and setting personal targets to raise money for specific charities
Outdoor education is a huge part of The Lakes School due to the location of our school and our passion for the activities. A diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities is available throughout the week, both during and after school time.
Visits and Visitors
Throughout the year different subjects offer a variety of educational visits. This gives students the opportunity to enhance their subject knowledge as well as offering the chance to undertake new experiences. In addition we bring a wide range of visitors into school to work with our students. The school also enjoys an annual ski trip to the Alps every February.
Career Mentoring Scheme
In order to help our students access as much information and advice as possible to help them progress towards their chosen career path, the school offers a Career Mentoring Scheme. The scheme gives students an opportunity to meet with local contacts from different professions and trades, often on a one to one basis, who are willing to share their professional knowledge, insider information and experience to help students make the right decisions regarding their careers.
Another highlight of the year is undoubtedly the Summer Leavers’ Ball, organised by the Sixth Form. It provides students and staff with an opportunity to relax and celebrate the end of a busy year.
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