The pastoral system in the Sixth Form forms a strong cohesive unit, which allows students to realise their full academic potential whilst developing their social and personal qualities. This is achieved through a well-established structure of academic teaching and individual pastoral, Higher Education and Careers guidance. Students are very much developed as young adults such that they leave the Sixth Form mature, confident, well-rounded and independent individuals.
Following an induction programme into the Sixth Form, where team building skills are the focus for a day, students settle in to vertical Tutor groups with an even balance of Lower and Upper Sixth students. Sixth Form Tutors from a range of subject disciplines stay with the students throughout the duration of their two years in the Sixth Form. Tutors and students alike form strong working relationships and this supports the students throughout their time in the Sixth Form. The Head of Sixth Form, in conjunction with the Sixth Form team, liaises closely with the Head of Upper School during the important transition phase. Students joining the Sixth Form from other schools are also monitored closely and systems are in place to ensure a speedy and successful integration into the Sixth Form.
The Sixth Form Tutors are supported by the Head of Sixth Form and Careers, the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and the Headmaster. In joining the Dixie Sixth Form you can be confident that you will be supported every step of the way over the next two years and your voice will continue to be heard both at Student Council and at Head of Sixth Form Forums. There are also twice-weekly drop-ins with the Head of Sixth Form for those who seek guidance and support either as individuals or as a group. The Head of Sixth Form has a base in the Sixth Form House and students with matters of a personal or medical nature also have access to full support and outside agencies where necessary.
Sixth Form Tutors work closely with the students and subject teachers to track and review academic progress. Communication with Parents/ with parental responsibility is regular and supportive and positive achievements are congratulated. Students attend Form Time twice a week and have regular individual tutorials when guidance on a number of areas can be given. Tutors are responsible for individual students' UCAS applications offering help and support when necessary. Advice on Gap Years, apprenticeships and other Higher Education routes available can be sought from the Head of Careers. Equally advice and support are readily available following the publication of AS/A2 examination results especially in August.
During their time in the Sixth Form, students have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by taking up posts of responsibility and senior prefect roles within the school. The Sixth Form students are responsible for the running and upkeep of the Sixth Form House and this is managed by the Sixth Form Committee. Students are also encouraged to take an active role in the pastoral welfare of students in the main school through their roles as Form Prefects and peer mentors.
Head of Sixth Form: Mrs H J Banton