Sixth Form - Key Information

 

Goffs School Student email address

As per the schools safe-guarding policy all student-staff email communication must be via student’s Goffs email address, students should ensure they know their email address and password. This email address should be checked regularly as a significant amount of information is sent to students via this email address such as enrichment opportunities, trips, letters, G-Involved opportunities, higher education, apprenticeship and careers information.

 

G-Involved Programme

All Sixth Form students are required to contribute a minimum of 20 hours of voluntary activity to the school or community as part of the G-Involved Programme. Through this programme, students make a valuable and positive contribution to the wider school community, and also develop key skills and competencies to support any applications for university, apprenticeships or employment.  The G-Involved log book must be signed by a member of staff or external voluntary leader/supervisor.

 

Sixth Form Name badges

 

It is compulsory for all students to wear their Sixth Form Name Badge and have their jacket/blazer with them at all times. 

 

Name badges are worn at all times, this is so that younger students, staff and external visitors to the school are aware of who is a sixth form student. This procedure is in place to ensure that staff are able to quickly identify any person who may not have permission to be on the school site and as such is a fundamental part of our whole school safeguarding procedure.   Students will be sent home to change their clothes or to collect an item if they do not comply with the dress code requirements.  If this is not possible, they will be placed in the main school isolation room, as whole school safeguarding procedures must be adhered to at all times.

 

Personal Development sessions

 

Year 12 students have one hour a fortnight of Personal Development lessons. Students re-opt every term in order to participate in three options throughout the year. Personal Development sessions are as follows:

Literacy – how to write better essays and learn about media bias and reading critically

Quantitative Skills – learn and practice statistics techniques, useful for students studying Biology, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Business Studies

MOOCS – complete a massive online open course with Future Learn.  This is online and independent and looks good on a CV or university application

Money matters – practical lessons on how much rent costs, what is credit rating, how to get a mortgage, useful for life after Sixth Form

Sport and Fitness – spend an hour doing some exercise

Essential student cooking – learn how to cook on a budget

Textiles – Practical skills – making a range of items and make things to support our House and Charity events

Drama – develop performing skills and increase confidence in group situations

Business Academy – opportunity to develop crucial skills in entrepreneurship and boost employability skills

Sports Academy – opportunity to develop skills in sports leadership

 

Year 12 Work Shadowing

Work shadowing is compulsory in Year 12 and takes place during the last week of the Summer Term.  Research has shown that many employers rate people skills, technology skills and work experience as the top requirements for a job applicant.  Work shadowing gives students the opportunity of following a person whose job they may be interested in pursuing as a career (e.g. teacher, lawyer, accountant).    It gives students the opportunity of gaining first-hand understanding of one specific person’s job; looking into their role and day-to-day activities by staying with that person for the time period agreed.  Students are required to secure and organise their own placements, the school can offer support with advice on ways to research and source a placement.  Students requiring such support should see their Learning Manager or Director of Learning.

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Whilst we understand that it is not always easy to find placements, we should emphasise that past students have found the experience very worthwhile.  Many university courses require evidence of this kind of activity to support applications for further study, and employers view relevant experience very favourably. 

Students who have previously completed a Work Shadowing placement advised the following:

‘I have gained more confidence in dealing with all levels of staff.  It has also taught me how to organise myself more efficiently’

‘I have learnt more about my preferred industry career choice and built up my confidence in a working environment’

‘My placement has widened my knowledge of my preferred profession and allowed me to gain an insight into working life, which will be valuable in the future’

‘My placement has been extremely informative and I have learnt and picked up key skills that I can use in future job roles and also in general life’

‘The placement allowed me to develop my skills in teamwork and also how to present myself well to potential employers

Links / Resources


Year 12 - Arrangements for the exam period and the start of Year 13 courses
Year 13 - Stretch and Support sessions and Exam Arrangements
 
GCSE & AS/A2 Level Exam Timetable - Summer 2017 with Additional Sessions Taking place
GCSE & AS/A2 Level Weekend & Half Term Summer 2017
   
Year 12 Trips 2016 / 2017 Year 13 Trips 2016 / 2017
Do's & Dont's of the Extended Project Gantt Chart
Markscheme Production Log
Reference Grid  
   
Production Log for students University of Herts - Edited advice
Writing your report Writing a good literature review