Park Hall Sixth Form
Progress Through Partnership
Welcome to Welcome to
Park Hall Sixth Form
As Principal I am genuinely excited by the opportunities that are available in our Sixth Form. Our established record of success at this level goes hand in hand with an ambitious vision for the future of the Sixth Form and the experience it offers our students. Park Hall Sixth Form prides itself on its strong sense of community and an ethos built upon teamwork and mutual respect. Our Sixth Formers thrive in an environment that provides both high levels of support and guidance as well as an increased emphasis on independent learning. The role of Park Hall Sixth Form has never been more important. Our Sixth Formers provide important role models for students throughout the Academy and we encourage all of our students to ‘give something back’ to the wider Academy community. The Academy council, year 7 induction, academic mentoring, sports leadership programmes and musical productions are just some examples of Academy initiatives that have benefited from the qualities of leadership offered by members of our Sixth Form.
A Reputation for Success Park Hall Sixth Form has a long standing reputation for offering a highly successful range of A level and vocational A level courses. Successive OFSTED inspections have recognized the good quality of teaching in the Sixth Form and the positive attitudes of our Sixth Form students. We are justly proud of our students’ success and know that we have a well-established and successful approach to Sixth Form life. The high standard of facilities in our new Academy building has meant that the breadth and quality of provision for prospective Sixth Formers is greater than ever before. Our Sixth Form students choose from our widest ever range of courses with many successfully combining traditional A levels with vocational qualifications.
Tony Morrison Principal
The Future Exciting Times for
Park Hall Sixth Form
The Sixth Form Curriculum
The Future is Bright
We update our Sixth Form curriculum every year in response to the strengths and talents of our students. Students can choose to study a combination of 3 to 4 A levels or a BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels). Students also have the opportunity to study a combination of A levels and BTEC National qualifications. All such level 3 courses can lead on to study at university.
These are exciting times for Park Hall Sixth Form. Our ‘state of the art’ Academy building, complete with its ‘cyber-café’ for Sixth Form students, opened its doors to students for the first time in November 2008. Park Hall’s Sixth Formers, with their established reputation for generating a warm and friendly learning community, were uppermost in the thoughts of the Academy’s architects when the Academy was initially designed.
Access to all level 3 courses requires the achievement of 5 A* to C grades at GCSE (including Maths and English) as well as a good record of attendance and behaviour. For up to date subject details please view the Sixth Form page of our website:
As a result of our extensive consultation with Sixth Form students - we are able to combine the benefits of an Academy Sixth Form with a level of independence more commonly associated with a ‘college’ environment. A large independent study area and a separate Sixth Form entrance are just two of the features that have been incorporated into the building. A Sixth Form terrace and garden, adjacent to the cyber cafe, has also been developed to provide our Sixth Form students with an outdoor space of their own in which to work, relax and socialize. Our current Sixth Form students have a major role to play in all aspects of Sixth Form life and the life of the Academy as a whole. Through marketing and promotional work; film-making and photography; sports leadership and work experience, Park Hall Sixth Formers are a significant and positive driving force in the Academy and the local community. If you want more out of the Sixth Form experience – an opportunity to work as part of a team; to make new friends outside as well as inside the classroom; and to help others benefit from your skills and experiences – then Park Hall could be the place for you.
Extra Gain New Experiences
Curricular Activities Develop Talents
Extra - Curricular Activities
Other Enrichment Opportunities
We encourage all of our Sixth Form students to gain new experiences and develop their talents outside as well as inside the classroom. Sixth Formers at Park Hall can take part in a wide range of activities aimed to support their personal development and give them the confidence and skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers.
Sixth Form Band
In recent years students have participated in the Young Enterprise Scheme, Sports Leadership awards, the HEAPS university initiative, Young Firefighters programme and two of our students travelled to Washington to participate in a two week conference for ‘Global Young Leaders’. Other students invest their time in supporting the Academy through promotional film and documentary making, providing technical support for Academy productions and developing photography and art work for display around the Academy.
Year 7 Learning Support
Editorial Team for Academy ‘Chronicle’
Members of the Sixth Form are currently raising funds and preparing for their ‘World Challenge’ expedition to Kerala in India. There, students will participate in a four day hike through jungle and tea plantations before carrying out community work in a small rural community.
Promotional Film Making
Students that achieve excellent rates of attendance, achievement and participation in our enrichment programmes may be entitled to our prestigious ‘Academy colours award’. To successfully apply for this award, students must also take part in fundraising, supporting younger students and complete an ‘Outstanding Personal Achievement.’
Progress Planning for
Success Success and Fulfilment
Monitoring Progress Achieving Success
Student progress is carefully monitored with students receiving regular feedback on their progress by subject teachers, form tutors and the Sixth Form management team. Individual progress grade reports are produced for students and their parents/carers/carers in both the autumn and spring terms, with one of these including a full written report in each subject. Each progress report is colour coded to give students and their parents/carers a clear indication of areas where students are performing well and areas requiring further effort and support. Staff, students and their parents/carers work together to monitor progress and set realistic targets for development. Progression to year 13 (for all level 3 courses) is dependent upon the successful completion of year 12.
All our students are encouraged to continue into Higher Education or training and our Academy careers advisor ensures that students receive appropriate professional advice. Our Sixth Form management and enrichment teams advise and guide students through every stage of the application process â€“ giving studentsâ€™ the very best chance of a successful application. In recent years all of our Higher Education applicants have been successful in gaining a place at university.
The Sixth Form is good. The quality of learning in Sixth Form lessons is a notable strength. Lessons are well-structured and challenging. Sixth Form students make good progress from their starting points, and exceptional progress across most vocational courses.
Ofsted April 2012
High Standards An Excellent Working Environment
Setting High Standards
Park Hall Sixth Form staff are really friendly and approachable and never too busy to offer guidance and support.
Bradley Smith, MYP (Member of the UK Youth Parliament)
Students are expected to make effective use of their personal study sessions. Our excellent Sixth Form study room provides students with high quality independent study facilities, a full time Sixth Form Learning Coordinator, and an excellent working environment. There are also a range of specialist rooms that are made available for independent Sixth Form use. We recommend students do not work in excess of ten hours a week in part time employment – final results may suffer. Working weekday evenings can particularly hinder students’ ability to keep up with the work demands of Sixth Form study. Most students find it easier to work at the weekends in order to leave weekday evenings free for study. Students are expected to attend full time either for timetabled lessons or personal study sessions. Students will register each morning with form tutors at morning registration and subject teachers in the afternoon. ‘Enrichment’ time will be allocated during the Academy year for all students to take part in our highly valued team building exercises, ranging from ‘film making’ to ‘cooking on a budget’ as well as providing support for university applications and the development of revision skills. Sixth form assemblies follow a ‘Theme of the Week’ format with themes ranging from ‘Healthy Eating’ and ‘Understanding Alcohol’ to ‘Higher Education’ and ‘The Artist in You’. In year 13, all students work towards the NCFE Award in Employability Skills featuring units on job search, application and Interview skills.
Study Facilities Applying
Applying to Park Hall Sixth Form To apply to the Sixth Form simply fill in the enclosed yellow application form and hand it in to the Academy reception. Interviews for the Sixth Form will commence in January. Park Hall students will be notified of their interview time by their form tutor and a letter home. External applicants will be informed of their interview time by letter and be given a tour of the Academy as part of their interview. Please come to your interview dressed smartly with a clear idea of the subjects you are considering studying. We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice as part of the interview process. Students that bring an up to date record of achievement to the interview always make a very good impression.
Park Hall Academy Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B36 9HF Tel: 0121 748 0400 Tel: 0121 748 0445 (Sixth Form) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.parkhallschool.org.uk
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