Starting the step up to the Sixth

“Post GCSE study is your first opportunity to exercise control over your own destiny”, Clayesmore’s Head, Mrs Jo Thomson, told our Year 11 students at a meeting last week to launch the Sixth Form Prospectus. “However, qualifications on their own are not enough, and it’s everything else you have to offer that will make you an appealing university prospect or candidate for employment”, she went on to say.

The opportunities available to Sixth Form students to develop these ‘added extras’. Taking responsibility and showing leadership skills, becoming confident and articulate self-starters are qualities which will be honed in these two years of study.

With the serious business of GCSE examinations on the horizon, Year 11 is a tough year, but it’s also time to start considering subjects from the wide and diverse options available at Clayesmore – both A Levels and BTECs, and perhaps an EPQ as well? Added to the academic side of things, there’s the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the CCF, Young Enterprise Programme, Model United Nations programme, in the choir and orchestra, and as prefects. The newly launched Clayesmore Business Diploma adds different and challenging tasks for those with an entrepreneurial interest. A vast majority of last year’s leavers gained entry into their first choice of university, showing the strength of our Careers and Tutor system, and the strong relationships on which the Tatler Schools Guide commented, “Everyone is known, and everyone is noticed.”