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Tutorial Programme & Enrichment

From September 2016 onwards, Didcot Sixth Form has been running a flagship programme aimed entirely at enriching our students’ experience, and providing them with valuable learning opportunities outside the classroom.

The primary aim of Didcot Sixth Form is outstanding teaching leading to excellent grades, but we want the sixth form to be about more than this. Indeed, good grades, although hugely important, are not always enough to set students apart when it comes to interviews and applications; whatever our students want to do after school, we want them to stand out from the crowd and be noticed.

Students now have two dedicated ‘enrichment’ hours on a Wednesday afternoon, enabling us to develop a bespoke programme aimed at supporting them to do just this. The first six weeks of the programme focus on independent learning, oracy and articulation, during which we aim to help our students develop the skills that will help them to make the most out of the sixth form classroom.

From then on we encourage students to get involved in a range of clubs and societies including: Debate and Public Speaking; Performing Arts; the Literary Society; the School Newspaper; Medicine; Engineering; Sport; and Science. These societies are all student-led and supported by dedicated enrichment staff.

In addition to societies in school, we also aim to bring a range of outside speakers from local universities, organisations and businesses, including the leading science centres at Harwell and Culham. We offer training days around careers, finance, first aid and much more, and trips to theatres and museums.

We have close links with several colleges at Oxford University and offer an interview training programme designed to support our students who wish to apply for Oxbridge. However we think it is important to support all our students as they look to make the next step, be it applying to university, a job, an apprenticeship or something else entirely. We celebrate the variety within our students and aim to encourage it.

We want our students to aspire to be leaders in whatever they choose to do and believe that our enrichment programme will help to set them apart from their peers.

The Tutorial Programme 

All students are expected to attend daily Student Guidance Time with their tutor, who is there to support and mentor the students in their tutor group. The tutor leads on tutorial programme, an important part of Didcot Sixth Form, which looks at such things current affairs, values and personal well-being.

Developing Leadership 

Students have many opportunities to develop leadership skills. Each schoolhas a Head Girl/Boy and deputies. Students are nominated bystaff for contributions and achievements during their time in theschool and selected by interview and a presentation. The role of these teams is to represent the schools at formaloccasions and to help lead and develop student voice in the sixth form and lowerschools. Those selected for the student leadership team, receive training in how they can impact on the whole school community through their roles.

Contributing to the Sixth Form

Students might demonstrate development and application of leadership qualities such as leading a club, being a subject ambassador, planning an event, representing the school at an event, running a House event and community projects. Students may further develop their leadership skills through our mentoring programme.

Year 12 students may apply for a position on the Year 12 leadership team. These students are the driving force behind student led enrichment activities, assemblies, charity awareness and student voice across the sixth form.