Open Evening & Induction Day

Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

Students progressing to Further Education in September 2021 were invited to join us for our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 15th October.

Usually in the autumn term, we look forward to welcoming students and their parents and carers to our specialist Sixth Form Centre on Green Lane to discover the wide range of choices and opportunities on offer. However, due to the measures currently in place in response to the ongoing pandemic, we are instead offering prospective students the chance to explore their options online.

Our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening included a live presentation and Q&A hosted by Assistant Headteachers Post-16, Dr Katrina Grossman and Mr Charles Howarth, providing information about the wide range of courses available and all we do to support and enable students to progress towards achieving their future ambitions and destinations including the most prestigious academic and creative institutions.

Please click here to view a recording of the live presentation and Q&A

In addition to this, via our Sixth Form Open Evening page, students and their parents and carers can now access a range of virtual experiences and online resources designed to support students with the transition to Year 12, including subject presentations created by Heads of Department, detailed course information and hear from current students about life at Beacon Academy Sixth Form.

Find out more about the courses that interest you

We encourage you to watch the videos created by our specialist course leaders featured below and visit our Applications page for full information about the applications process and entry requirements.

Please note, the deadline for submitting completed applications to the Sixth Form Centre is Friday 20 November 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the relevant course leader or our Sixth Form Manager, Mrs Hilton on 01892 603018 or a.hilton@beacon-academy.org.

Sixth Form student testimonials

We are delighted to feature comments from a number of former students below:

Former Beacon Sixth Form student, Kirsty
Kirsty Gander - leaver 2019

My time at Sixth Form was so enjoyable and I felt so supported by all the staff. There’s no denying that A-Levels are hard work, but I loved my subjects and my teachers were brilliant at both challenging me and giving the right feedback to help me improve. Lessons can be tough, but I really enjoyed all the practical work we got to do within my Science subjects and there was always someone to help if you didn’t understand.

The help I received with my UCAS work was amazing. We got guidance on how to write our personal statements and I had many mock interviews as well. Mr Howarth and Dr Grossman are so dedicated to helping everyone work towards what they want, whether that’s university, an apprenticeship or another route. I’m now in my first year of medical school and I’m really enjoying the course and also university as a whole. I know I couldn’t have got here without the support of everyone at Beacon.

Former Beacon Sixth Form student, Reece
Reece Halden – leaver 2019

Deciding which A Levels to choose can be a really daunting experience, especially when you’re not really sure what you want to do. Throughout my time at Beacon Sixth Form, I was supported tremendously; whether it was with deciding which academic path to pursue, general learning support or the occasional confidence and morale boost.

Thanks to the amazing teachers who helped me along my way, I am now studying Linguistics with German and Russian at the University of Sheffield. If you have the pleasure of being taught by Mr Howarth or going on the Gambia trip with him, then expect it to be filled with laughter and also support. On that note, GO TO GAMBIA! It will truly change your perspective on life.

Former Beacon Sixth Form student, Katie
Katie Watson – leaver 2016

During Year 11 I had three neurosurgeries and without the amazing support of the staff at Beacon, I would not have been able to sit my GCSE exams with my peers. They stayed in constant contact with me and supported my siblings, who were also at Beacon, through the difficult year.

My A Level years at the Sixth Form were challenging as I started Year 12 only three weeks after my last surgery. Again, the staff made every effort to ease me back into school life and helped me recover and study. I had constant support from my teachers who helped me to shape my learning around my recovery.

I cannot thank Beacon enough for the amazing work they do and how much my years with them shaped me as a nurse. They taught me that health comes first but there is nothing to hold you back if you are motivated and willing to work hard for what you want!

Read about Katie’s visit for Health and Social Care students.

Oliver Tomlinson – leaver 2015

I finished my seven years at Beacon in 2015 and studied Primary Education at Roehampton University. Since then, I have taught for two years in a school in London. Without the support from the committed and inspiring staff at Beacon, I’m sure none of this would have been achievable. The staff and teachers (even those I may not have been taught by) are friendly and personable and do their best to help you achieve your goals and I found this particularly inspiring moving forward into my chosen career. They gave me the confidence, experience and the inspiration; everything needed, though I might not have known it at the time, to move out into the ‘adult world’ and subsequently pass on to the children I now teach myself.

Sixth Form Testimonials

“Students really enjoy their studies and appreciate the more adult environment of the sixth-form study centre. Students feel safe and well looked after and conduct themselves maturely.”

Ofsted

“Careers advice and guidance are effective because this support is independently delivered one-to-one and forms part of students’ study programmes. Students are given high levels of support in deciding on their next steps, including with personal statements for higher education places.”

Ofsted

We are immensely proud that we retain a high proportion of our Sixth Form students from Beacon Academy as well as recruiting students from other local and international schools. To read about our 2020 A Level examination results, please visit our A Level Exam Results page.

To find out just how much we have to offer at Post-16, please contact Assistant Headteachers at Sixth Form Dr Katrina Grossman at k.grossman@beacon-academy.org and Mr Charles Howarth at c.howarth@beacon-academy.org or phone 01892 603000, ext. 308 for Dr Grossman and ext. 369 for Mr Howarth.

Sixth Form Induction Day 2020

As we were regrettably unable to deliver our Sixth Form Induction Day in its usual format during the summer term of 2020, we have created a range of virtual experiences and online resources designed to support students in preparation for the new academic year.

On Friday 10th July 2020, Year 11 students and their parents and carers were invited to take part in our Year 11 Into Year 12 Virtual Induction Event, which began with a Microsoft Teams live welcome presentation hosted by Assistant Headteachers Post-16, Dr Grossman and Mr Howarth. Students then had the opportunity to hear more from subject specialists about course content before taking part in a live Q&A session.

Links to the recorded welcome presentation and to the presentations from each subject department can be found via our Year 11 into Year 12 Transition Portal.