Welcome to Cowes sixth form, the next step of your education. This phase is quite different to your last. When you join us at Cowes sixth form, it will be the first time you will have independent study time, where it is your responsibility to use time effectively. You will also have up to seven hours a week of lessons per subject. You should use your independent study time to support these lessons. While the content of your lessons will be harder, you’ll find that they are much more of a two-way experience and you will be learning in a mature environment.
At Cowes sixth form, we are lucky to have four hours a week devoted to our charter work, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. This is your chance to gain valuable skills and experiences to help you in your future. There is a wide range of options for charter time activities, including volunteering and helping teachers within the school.
There are also many other amazing opportunities to get involved with as part of sixth form, such as mock trial, student leadership and young enterprise. These are amazing experiences if you are prepared to put the work in and will look great as part of a UCAS application or CV, as well as being great fun.
As a member of Cowes sixth form, you are regarded as a senior member of the academy. While this means you must act as a role model for younger students, it also comes with many fun, new privileges. As a sixth former, you are allowed to wear your own clothes every day and you will have access to the sixth form common room. Our common room is well equipped, and you will be able to use the kettle, microwave and relax with social activities such as playing card games and using our pool table. This makes the common room a great place to unwind at break and lunch time. Yet another sixth form privilege is our ability to skip the queues in the cafeteria, meaning you will have more time to spend your breaks relaxing with friends on our very comfy sofas.
While at sixth Form, you will have a lot of guidance from your subject teachers, form teachers and from Mr Sanchez-Brown and Miss Gibson, who will help support you in deciding where your future lies – whether that’s university, an apprenticeship, a job or something else entirely - and how you are going to get there.
Best wishes, take care and good luck,
Noah Cumpsty and Georgie Price
Head boy and head girl