New Sixth Form Team Appointed at Academy
Attleborough Academy’s Sixth Form has recently seen the launch of a whole new approach to learning, and a brand new team of Sixth Form staff. Attleborough Academy’s Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength this year with a large increase in student numbers, the recent opening of the Forster Sixth Form study centre, a wider range of courses on offer that match individual student interest, along with the new team of Sixth Form staff in place from the start of this term. Mr Andy Cole, formerly Head of Business and e-Learning Manager at the academy, has been promoted into the role of Head of Sixth at the school, and he is supported by Ms Claire Allsworth who has been promoted into the newly established Assistant Head of Sixth role. Uniquely, Attleborough Sixth has also established a new Learning Mentor role to provide sixth formers with excellent guidance and support in study skills and approaches to ensure they fully reach their potential. Mr David Nevard, who formerly worked in a study skills training role with undergraduates at the Univeristy of East Anglia has been appointed by the academy to promote excellence in Sixth Form study ethic, skill, and approach. A new programme of timetabled supervised private study, training and mentoring for Year 12 and 13 students has been established since September and it is during these sessions that the new Learning Mentor can now develop the students’ approaches to their learning and improve their study skills.
The Sixth Form at Attleborough has grown in popularity over the years; applications to begin Year 12 at Attleborough have now increased so much that the Sixth Form student body has grown by over 30% this academic year. The school has always offered a wide range of academic courses, and students always have great success in gaining the qualifications needed to go onto future university study. This year however, the Sixth Form is also offering a programme of study that provides for a wider student profile: the A2A course, in place since September this year, provides a stepping stone for students who need more preparation, work experience or qualifications before advancing to either apprenticeships, or further academic study.
This year the academy has also greatly developed its liaison with local business, to try and develop students’ skills in a way that they go further to match the needs of industry and business. One successful business link is with National Construction Company R G Carters, who are currently building their new Civil Engineering, Site Investigation and Piling base in the town. Staff from R G Carters recently presented a brilliant interactive bridge building session for all the Year 12 students as part of their Sixth Form induction team building. The academy’s new A2A programme of study also includes a full day a week of work experience: local Attleborough business and organisations which include Robert Kemp cars, The Courtyard Teahouse, The Lighthouse charity, Attlebrough
infant school, and BREAK charity shop, have all provided meaningful and sustained work experience and training this term for Sixth Form students at the academy, allowing them to develop a wide range of work skills that will prepare them for their future pathways.
Assistant Principal, Mrs Carmina McConnell commented: “At Attleborough we are all focussed on developing the 16-19 provision here to maximise the future opportunities for our students. This year, with our greater range of Sixth Form courses, facilities, resources, business links, and the appointment of the new Sixth Form staff team, we are able to ensure our students receive the guidance and support to make superb progress towards their future goals and to be able to fully meet their potential.”