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Guidance & Support

Our aim at de Ferrers is to support students to succeed, and that means offering them the guidance they will need to navigate Sixth Form, as well as helping them to become independent learners, well prepared for their future.


Transition from Year 11

The transition from Year 11 study to A Levels or BTECs can be challenging, but our induction programme will ensure you adapt to the required level of study, as well as make new friends and settle in.

As part of our induction week, you will follow a 3 day academic timetable aligned to the subjects you intend on studying and will have the opportunity to participate in a 2 day residential at Nottingham University where you will meet your classmates and participate in team building activities, working together and getting to know each other.

Mrs Terri Stonehouse - Parent of Year 12 Student

"My son came into the Sixth Form having previously been at another secondary school. He was welcomed in with open arms and has been given so much support and extra support when needed. I feel they have encouraged him and nurtured him along the way! This is not just a school it’s a community where they care about each student and their education"

Mrs Annie Hurst - Parent of Year 12 Student

"I can honestly say that I think it is the best decision that she has ever made, and I’m so proud of her for making the change from a different school. De Ferrers Sixth Form has been fantastic for her - they have guided her on her best choices for A levels, even when she changed her mind on one of her choices during her first term, they were understanding and ever helpful - only ever thinking in her best interests.

Thank you to everyone at de Ferrers for making my daughter’s transition to Sixth Form such an easy and happy experience. I know that she is in the best place for her future progression."


Monitoring progress

Parents evenings are held for students in Year 12 (February) and Year 13 (November). Students will arrange appointment times to see individual subject staff. Students are expected to attend with their parents and in uniform.

As well as parents' evenings, students receive an Academic Summary every six weeks. Each Summary will include attendance %, estimated grades, attitude to learning scores, uniform score and an overall status. This tracking and monitoring system is in place to ensure that students are on track and supported to succeed.

Students must maintain a minimum of 95% attendance. Failure to do so may result in the student being asked to leave the Academy.


Student mentoring

We also have a dedicated Sixth Form Learning Mentor to support students academically, and ensure you’re on track to achieve your grades to take you on to the next step.

Robin Botten - Learning Mentor

"As a Sixth Form Learning Mentor, it is my responsibility to staff and run the Independent Study Centre (ISC). This is a superb, well stocked facility that students are free to use when they are not in normal timetabled lessons.

In the ISC, students are able to work in a quiet, pleasant environment where they can easily access textbooks, revision resources and computers. I am also here to provide an approachable support service and can offer advice on a range of different things, including coursework, organisational skills, revision techniques, UCAS applications and much more. I take pride in going the extra mile to help so please don't be afraid to ask!"


Careers and university advice

We have our own dedicated careers advisor, Mrs Land, who supports students to plan for the future beyond de Ferrers. Whether you want to go to university, start an apprenticeship or look at full-time paid employment, we will help you get there. We also regularly host visits from former de Ferrers students who come back to speak to Sixth Frm students about their career progression and offer advice for the future.

Sally Land - Careers Advisor

"Our students can access a careers education programme delivered by teachers / progress mentors and a qualified careers advisor that offers clear and impartial information, advice and guidance via a variety of activities including a drop in service, mock interviews and personalised one to one careers guidance discussions, which parents are welcome to attend. Our objective is to ensure all students are aware of their future education, training and employment options / opportunities e.g. university and apprenticeships and have the confidence and support to make well informed and realistic career decisions"


"Deciding your future" days

During the summer term we provide a range of employment and university workshops for students to attend. This includes guest speakers from universities, industry and training providers. All students are offered the opportunity to take part in a mock interview in preparation for university/employment. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend a workshop on finance and budgeting.

Alex Price - Year 13 Student

"The Deciding Your Future Days really got us focused on our futures and the processes involved in getting us where we want to be. We had a variety of universities who came and presented to us on finance, advice on how to write a personal statement, the application process and their expectations"


Work Experience

All students are encouraged to complete relevant and meaningful work experience during their time in the Sixth Form. This could be worked into their usual weekly routines or as a one off placement.

Owen Wardle - Year 13 students and aspiring dentist

'With many careers requiring years of training, work experience was essential in helping me to decide what I really wanted to do. The Sixth Form team were instrumental in not only helping me to find work experience, but also helping me to manage it around my studies'.

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