Your first weeks in Sixth Form

Starting life in the Sixth Form

The Induction Period

Starting life in the Sixth Form

Because of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to say exactly what your first few days and weeks as a member of the sixth form will look like, but what you can be sure of is that you will undergo a thorough induction into the sixth form.  Your induction as a member of the HGS sixth form community begins as soon as you make your application, but begins in earnest once you confirm your place on results day in August.  The official induction period continues until the end of the first half term, but in reality, there will always be support at hand to help you settle in.

There are 2 main aims of the induction period:

  • To introduce you to life in the 6th Form, for example:
      • The pastoral support available to you
      • Daily procedures
      • Rules and expectations
      • How to make the most of the extra-curricular opportunities available to you
  • To help you understand the skills you will need in each of your subjects. It is expected that most students will take the first half term to settle into their new surroundings and get used to what it takes to be successful at A level.

It is probably no surprise to you that studying A levels is going to present you with a greater challenge than you faced when studying for your GCSEs.  Most of your teachers teach both at A level and GCSE, and therefore have an excellent understanding of what help and support you will need to make the transition.  Your early lessons will have a particular focus on settling you into the demands of A levels, but be prepared for the hard work to begin right from the off!  As always, it is vital that you start as you mean to go on.

We are all acutely aware of the highly unusual situation you have faced over the last few months.  There is no escaping the fact that your preparations for beginning A levels have been different, especially since you didn’t have to sit any of your exams, and you may have had limited experience of what it is like to prepare for examinations across multiple subjects.  We are very mindful of this fact, and we will be making sure that you receive all the help and support you need to develop the right mindset and skills for success in your A levels.

To help you build a firm foundation for the start of the new academic year, all subjects have put together ‘bridging work’ that you can access via the Teams groups you have already been added to if you have an offer of a place with us from September 2020.  Make sure you check in with these groups regularly to see updates from teachers as well as opportunities to hear advice from current students as well as staff.

We will provide more detail about what to expect from your first few days at HGS in due course.  Whatever the reality of September looks like, you will have a dedicated Form Tutor, who you will have regular, timetabled sessions with.  The role of the tutor is to be your first point of contact if you have any issues, be they pastoral or academic, and they will also deliver a large proportion of the induction programme.

On behalf of all the Sixth Form Team and the whole HGS community, we look forward to welcoming you properly really soon.  If you have any questions, feel free to post them on the Teams group, or you can email Mr Ellis at sellis@heckgrammar.co.uk