A Levels are the main reason why our students are in the Sixth Form but helping all of them develop their individual potential and enjoy themselves during Years 12 and 13 is a vitally important part of our work at Wren.
We see our Sixth Form as a 'pre university' phase of education. It enables young people to develop adult skills and attitudes in a safe environment where they can take risks and sometimes get things wrong. Lessons are only part of the Sixth Form experience at Wren. We offer a lot more and expect students to engage in a range of activities which we believe they will find fulfilling and which will help prepare them for university and for their wider lives beyond school.
Students in the Wren Sixth Form will be expected to engage with our enrichment programme. This covers a wide range of activities including:
- Theatrical and musical events
- Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
- Debating and Model United Nations plus debating competitions against other schools
- Opportunities to volunteer at Wren Primary School
- Opportunities to mentor Year 11 students
- Outside speakers, last year David Lammy MP (Labour) and Mike Freer MP (Conservative) were amongst various visitors to Wren
- Team building activities and competitions
- Student led events around PSHE
- The Wren Cultural Passport
- Work Experience Week
Focus Days and Activities Week
During the year there are a number of Focus Days which cover key elements of the curriculum which are not taught during the normal timetable. These will cover applying for university, team building, religious education, student finance and preparing for university life. All of these are compulsory and attendance to them is noted in your UCAS portfolio.
The penultimate week of the summer term is activities week. This is a key week for Year 12. Students will have the opportunity to do work experience related to their chosen degree course, attend university taster days and open days or experience life at university.
Students will have the option of taking one period of sports or fitness a week. This will be part of their timetabled day if they choose to take part. They will be given a choice of activities during their induction period. Students can also choose to be part of a sports team.
We see all our Sixth Form students as role models and potential leaders. The development of leadership traits is one of our main priorities and students are required to consistently reflect their excellence and quality of character.
Students will have various opportunities for leadership across the whole Academy – as classroom assistants, members of the Sixth Form Committee and Head Boy/Head Girl or Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl, they will have the opportunity to apply for these positions at the end of December. Additional positions of responsibility include: being a sports leader or member of a team, involvement in drama and musical productions, delivering collective worship and helping at evening events.