About Our Sixth Form
Here at Archbishop Beck Catholic College we set our standards high. Our aim is to equip our students with the skills, qualifications and work experience to ensure success at University and in future career choices.
We are extremely proud of our academic achievements and are members of an elite group with a 99% pass rate at A Level (97% AS) and 100% at BTEC National. Our students are highly motivated and very much enjoy their experience here in the Sixth Form.
Our fully wireless, purpose-built Sixth Form Zone is well equipped with new classroom facilities, extensive ICT equipment, large independent study areas and student leisure facilities to enhance their Sixth Form experience.
Students are also offered an extensive enrichment programme with opportunities to undertake NHS placements, Primary school experience, Duke of Edinburgh, British Sign Language courses, CSLA and others. They are directed towards voluntary and weekend opportunities designed to enhance their CVs and contribute positively to the local community.
The staff and students are extremely proud of their Sixth Form and I look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form in September.
Our offer to you…..
- Students are able to follow academic routes, vocational routes, or a combination of both to ensure progression into HE/relevant employment.
- All students are placed on suitable qualifications though a rigorous IAG programme that includes both internal and independent external guidance.
- Those students that have not achieved a grade 4 GCSE in English or mathematics continue to follow either a GCSE or stepping stone qualifications to aid progression.
- A full RE programme is incorporated into the students study programme, and supported with external visits and external delivery on the college site.
- Students follow an enrichment programme to support their vocational studies or HE application.
- All Year 12 students complete a one week 'Work Inspiration' programme and take part in employability interviews.
- Full enrichment programme to support the students in preparation for their next steps into HE/work.
- Development of elite sporting academies in basketball, dance, football and mixed martial arts, in which students follow academic/vocational programmes, and outside of the curriculum receive focussed coaching and competitive fixtures.
- The college delivers specific financial services qualifications to most able students from a number of Liverpool schools. This is supported by CISI (Charted Institute of Securities and Investments)
Head of Sixth Form
All Sixth Form teachers have a pastoral responsibility. However, there are teachers who have specific responsibility in this area.
- The Form Tutor
- A Sixth Form Student Services Co-ordinator
- The Assistant Head of Sixth Form
- The Head of Sixth Form
- A member of the Leadership Team with overall responsibility
The head of Sixth Form has overall responsibility for the discipline, attendance, liaison with parents and carers and general practical matters regarding Sixth Form students.
Supporting the Head of Sixth Form are the Form Tutors, an Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.
The aim of the pastoral system is to ensure that all students are encouraged and supported both inside and outside their own school and college and that they are happy and secure within the environment.
Attendance and Punctuality
All students are required to attend school every day.
Registration will take place every morning and afternoon.
Additionally, attendance at lessons will be monitored using a sixth form attendance record, which should be taken to lessons and signed by the subject teacher. This is especially important for students who attend another school within the Partnership for some of their lessons.
All absences should be explained by a written note detailing the dates of absence and the reasons for absence. Notes should be given to group tutors at registration.
If parents or carers know in advance of an intended absence, they are asked to notify the tutor in writing.
Punctuality at registration and lessons will be carefully monitored. High academic standards depend upon punctual and regular attendance at lessons, and persistent lateness reduces available lesson time.
A smart uniform encourages a sense of community and develops a sense of pride and self respect.
An identity card must be worn and visible at all times.
The Sixth Form management team, at all times, reserve the right to send a student home if they deem a student's dress/footwear is inappropriate. Discreet jewellery may be worn.
- Black sixth form cardigan
- White open necked blouse
- Black skirt (must be knee length) / trousers
- Black or white socks or tights may be worn
- All black full leather shoes
- White shirt
- Black sixth form jacket
- Grey / black trousers
- All black full leather shoes
- A plain tie of your choice
Students will be encouraged to be active beyond their academic work, both within school and the side community.
The Sixth Form offers a wide range of enrichment courses, which are intended to broaden students’ skills and interests and prepare students for the adult world.
A wide range of opportunities will be offered including:
- Primary School Placements
- Secondary School Placements
- First Aid
- Special Needs Placements
- Work Experience
- NHS Placements
- Work Experience
- National Citizenship Award
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Sports Leaders UK Award
- Sign Language
- FA Coaching Award
- FA Refereeing Award
- Police Cadet Scheme
- Mandarin Classes
“There are many enrichment activities, work experience and opportunities for work related learning” OFSTED
Students on all courses will have targets set for them based on their attainment at GCSE. Progress against these targets will be regularly monitored, and there will be four assessments of progress during a two-year course of study.
Additionally, there will be Parents' Evenings for Year 12 and Year 13 students, giving parents and students the opportunity to discuss progress with subject teachers.
Archbishop Beck Sixth Form is committed to delivering quality at all levels, and we believe that the regular review of students' progress is vital to ensuring that our students realise their full potential.
CLIPS N' QUOTES
A city school today said treating students like adults had helped it take its place among Merseyside's top A-level performers...
...The success at Walton secondary Archbishop Beck, which managed a near perfect 99% pass rate, came as schools across Merseyside toasted another bumper set of results...
...Head of Sixth Form Peter Lynch said encouraging students to lead by example continued to pay off...
...He said: "We treat the students like adults and encourage independent learning as students need to conduct their own research and motivate themselves."
I never thought about going into the sixth form but I'm glad I did. The teachers are great and really help you do your best to succeed.
Provision for students' care, guidance and support is outstanding.
The impact of the school's specialisms can be seen in the excellence of sixth form results in physical education, ICT and business studies.