School or College?
We are obviously a school and therefore all sixth formers
receive the benefits of this. This includes
small classes, one to one teacher support, access to school activities, more outings,
a very high level of pastoral care, much support in coping with examination
stress, many leadership opportunities as prefects and Heads of Houses, and many
more. Students can expect a greater
level of teacher support than you received at GCSE, not less. This means results are improved, and students
are able to make better choices about which modules to study, they have more
opportunities to keep up to date with the increased workload that accompanies
AS and A levels.
However, BCS recognises that post 16 students are more
mature and we have ensured that we have a sixth form that recognises this. BCS has therefore adopted a unique style of
sixth form, one that has many elements of a sixth form college too. Sixth form students are given the freedom to
leave the site on a daily basis, if all their work is up to date. We have links with other sixth forms, most
notably Highcliffe. The style of our sixth form teaching and approach is one
that reflects both a school and a college.
It is for this reason that our sixth formers find it so easy to make the
transition from GCSE to sixth form, or from abroad to our sixth form.
James, a Year 12 student, says: “I am so glad I chose BCS
for my sixth form. I feel like I am in a
school, but at the same time I could be in a sixth form college, but just in a
smaller one where we make more friends, and where we get loads more support from
teachers. If I want to pop into town I
can, if I need extra help at any time from a teacher, I can get it too. And the small classes mean we all make quicker
progress and seem to have more free time in the evenings and weekends than friends
of mine who went to sixth form colleges.
I think we really benefit from this sixth form environment.”