Welcome to the Sixth Form at Lawrence Sheriff School.
Welcome to the Sixth Form at Lawrence Sheriff School. We offer a wide range of AS and A level courses as well as two BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering and Art to the prospective sixth formers of Rugby and the surrounding area. We seek to combine grammar school traditions whilst meeting the changing demands of our society. We welcome academic highfliers alongside diligent students with more modest reasons for studying beyond GCSE level and 40% of our sixth formers join us from other local schools. Since September 2018 we have been admitting girls into our sixth form and 20% of our sixth formers are now girls.
Most of the students in Year 12 and 13 will study 3 subjects at A level, plus an AS level Extended Project Qualification or Financial Studies in Year 12. In addition to academic study we offer many and varied enrichment opportunities to all the sixth formers which provide breadth to their education and prepares them for life beyond school. Whilst there is no formal work experience period in the sixth form, students can do this at convenient times to suit their academic schedule and the availability of appropriate work experience providers.
Some students may spend a couple of hours one afternoon a week helping out in a care home or a local primary school whilst others manage to secure 2 or 3 days shadowing a professional in a career they are considering for their future. Students who have opted for the BTEC Engineering course will undertake some relevant work experience as part of this programme of study. It would be true to say that we support the students in this part of their sixth form experience on an individual basis.
We recognise that the majority of the students in the sixth form at Lawrence Sheriff School are keen to go to university and we have a thorough programme in place to support the students through this process. For students who are not considering the university route there is plenty of independent careers guidance, focusing on apprenticeships and finding a job.
We regularly keep in touch with parents, primarily through Insight, keeping them informed of academic progress as well as letting them know what is going on in the sixth form. The School’s “Weekly Word” is also a good source of information. The sixth form use a purpose built centre which houses a common room, a quiet study room and its own cafeteria on the ground floor with classrooms and computer rooms above.
The Learning Resources Centre has further facilities which the sixth form are encouraged to use, namely a well-stocked modern library and a “drop-in” computer room for sixth formers to use during the day. Sixth formers act as role models to the rest of the school community and they play a large part in the vertical tutoring system. The sixth form students quickly build up positive working relationships with all staff and find their time in the sixth form a positive experience. In addition to their form tutor the sixth formers are supported by a dedicated team of staff, Mrs Halestrap, Head of Sixth Form, Mr Bedgood, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Dr Nicklin, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Watts, Sixth Form Centre Manager and Mrs Hill, Sixth Form Centre Assistant.