In this section

    Ethos

    We believe that each of these aspects has an equal part to play in preparing students for success.

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    • Independent Learners
    • Experienced, enthusiastic subject leaders
    • Small class sizes
    • Thorough monitoring and tracking
    • Pathways to Oxbridge, Medicine and Russell Group Universities
    • Links to apprenticeships
    • High quality career and further education links and opportunities
    • Visits to high profile and new universities
    • Job shadowing and work experience
    • Oral skills, debating, interviews, presentations
    • Building cultural capital through visits, events, speakers, theatre, the arts, music, politics

    Community

    • Role models to the lower school with time allocated to give back to our school community
    • Leaders within our school council, prefect system and house system
    • Strong pastoral support, small mentor groups and robust monitoring systems
    • D of E, World Challenge, Sport Leadership, Extended Project and others
    • Building supportive relationships between adults and students
    • developing the whole person through an engaging and inspiring program of enrichment activities

    Commitment

    • Aspirational target setting teachers who know you, know how you work and can get the best from you
    • Vibrant and exciting learning experiences for all
    • Knowing the academic profile of each you and your personal goals
    • Preparing for the next steps
    • Developing high level study skills
    • Quick response to personal problems
    sixth form expectations and learning agreement

     

    A SIXTH FORMER AT DORMERS WELLS HIGH SCHOOL CAN EXPECT:

    • a professional, caring and supportive environment;
    • a programme that is matched to our students’ interests and aspirations;
    • an Academic Mentor to monitor progress, and to provide guidance and assistance in setting targets for improvement;
    • structured private study time to complete work which will be regularly set and marked ;
    • support in developing good study skills ;
    • a higher education and careers guidance programme suited to students’ needs, with expert advice;
    • the opportunity to take part in inter-house and extra-curricular activities;
    • opportunities for your parents to come into school to discuss your progress;
    • regular reports on your progress;

    As a Sixth Former at Dormers Wells you are expected to:
    • be determined to make the most of your time in the Sixth Form
    • accept responsibility for your own learning with support from your Academic Mentor and subject teachers
    • complete all your work by the required deadlines
    • use your private study time in school effectively
    • act as a positive role model for the younger students in both the school and the community
    • adhere to Sixth Form dress code
    • maintain a 95%+ record of attendance and excellent punctuality
    • discuss with your mentor in advance if you need to be absent for a good reason
    • use the signing in/out system correctly
    • contribute to the life of the school to the life of the Sixth Form in as many ways as possible
    • be prepared for all lessons

     

    We view these expectations as important and to that end expect students to sign a learning agreement which we will honour together to bring about academic success.