Life in Sixth Form
The FUS Sixth Form Community
All of our Sixth Form students are encouraged to become active members of the school community. This takes many forms and includes:
Leading charity events within the school
Becoming members of the Sixth Form Student Voice
Speaking at and supporting school open evenings and information evenings
Generally acting as role models for the younger students
Students have the opportunity to become Principal Students. They lead the following Senior Student groups:
The Student Mentor Team
The Subject Team
Student Voice Team
International Student Buddy Team
Students can engage in a wealth of enrichment activities to enhance their applications to university or employment.
Participation in these activities helps develop confidence and skills such as communication, responsibility and leadership. We offer options such as work experience, a short online course (MOOCS), sports leadership qualifications and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Transition to Sixth Form
We understand that the journey from lower school student to Sixth Former can be a challenging one. It is a big step and we have put in a place tutor programme that offers support and guidance to help you with the transition process. There is an expectation to make the most of your independent study hours and your tutors will help you with this.
During the application and enrollment process, you will be encouraged and given great advice and guidance to ensure you are making the right choices. The enrollment and induction process is designed to ensure you have a smooth transition and a successful introduction to Sixth Form life.
We offer the Extended Project Qualification within the Sixth Form; this additional qualification provides students with the opportunity to show university tutors and employers that students have more than just the standard qualifications to offer. The EPQ requires students to select an area of interest, then plan research, conduct a project and then present the findings to an audience of non-specialists. It is an ideal way to develop skills and get ‘university ready’.
A range of staff mentors work with students and guide them through the process to ensure they can make the most out of the opportunity.
Ferndown Upper School have a fantastic team that handle pastoral care for students, full information can be found on our main school site.
Full information on safeguarding for students can be found on our main school site.
Dedicated Sixth Form only study areas
We have two study centres for Sixth Form students. The JTSC is reserved exclusively for Year 12 use. Students have ten hours a fortnight timetabled in for quiet study. This is so they can build good study habits and make good progress in their A Levels. The room is supervised by our Study Centre Manager, who is also the Head of Year 13, and ensures a purposeful working environment. Year 13s have an exclusive study centre (B8) in the middle of the quad, this room is also supervised. Both centres have 40 computers for students to work on.
Students in the Sixth Form have use of two common rooms, featuring a kitchen and comfortable chairs. Sixth Formers also have use of the Sixth Form lounge in our café and the sixth form only chiller in the cafeteria holds a range of treats exclusive to Sixth Formers.
Open Access Wi-Fi
Every Sixth Form student at FUS can bring their own device from home and connect to the dedicated Sixth Form Wi-Fi in school. This allows them to use email and browse educational Internet when not in an ICT suite.