In recent years the Trinity Sixth Form Centre has become established as one of the finest not only in the City of Nottingham and the County of Nottinghamshire but also throughout England, regularly appearing in newspaper performance tables as a ‘top’ comprehensive.
It is a centre of opportunity and achievement, which is distinguished by the care given to students and the extraordinary commitment of its teachers.
The academic results achieved have been outstanding and out-perform many prestigious selective and independent schools. The Sixth Form is alive with enthusiasm, energy and purposefulness, which make it a stimulating and lively place for young people to develop.
At Trinity we recognise that between the ages of 16 and 18 students progress to become independent learners and mature citizens. Important first steps are taken towards further study at University, professional training or employment and we aim to create an atmosphere where these can take place successfully. The Sixth Form is a popular choice with students from local 11-16 schools (including comprehensive and independent) and a very high percentage of Trinity Year 11 pupils choose to stay on in our Sixth Form. In particular, the special relationship which exists between teachers and students, alongside the support of parents, makes Trinity different.
The distinctive Catholic ethos permeates every layer of school life, both in and outside the classroom. The development of the whole self – moral, social, intellectual and spiritual, particularly through worship, charity and positive engagement, is seen as vital for students’ future happiness. Our students thrive in a positive atmosphere where learning is based on mutual respect, tolerance and trust.
We encourage students to grow in a caring Christian environment where their faith can be developed. Acts of Worship are linked to the Gospel values and religious and topical issues are discussed with the guidance of the tutor team. Students are welcome to join the school’s Chaplaincy team to help with the planning and delivery of Masses and liturgies. The annual retreat to The Briars, the Nottingham diocesan youth centre, is always a popular trip. Charity and voluntary work are integral to life in the Sixth Form and help us to support the development of young people who will serve their community.
All subjects are taught over two years and have a linear course structure with A level public examinations at the end of Year 13.
Students take three A level subjects or the equivalent. This is to encourage them to focus their efforts and allow them to adapt to the greater demands of the reformed A level courses. University offers will be based on 3 A level grades, or an equivalent number of UCAS points, and it is important that students do their best in these qualifications.
Exceptionally able students who wish to take four A levels will have their requests considered on an individual basis. They will have to meet a higher entry requirement and demonstrate a particular talent in one or more subject areas, as well as the potential to cope with the additional workload.
Students need to think carefully about their subject choices and be certain about the nature of the subjects they intend to take and the expectations that will be placed upon them. We advise students to talk to their subject teachers before making any final decisions.
Students must ensure that their course choices match the requirements of any Higher Education courses or eventual careers in which they are interested. For students wishing to apply for certain courses, e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law and for prestigious Oxbridge/Russell Group universities, it is advisable to check subject choices against university entry requirements.
From September 2020 the courses we plan to offer are:
Applied Science (BTEC level 3 equivalent to two A levels)
Art and Design (Fine Art)
Drama and Theatre Studies
Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 3 equivalent to two A levels)
Information and Computer Technology (BTEC Level 3 equivalent to two A levels, and Level 2 equivalent to one A level)
Product Design: Graphics
Product Design: Resistant Materials
Product Design: Fashion and Textiles
The Sixth Form Centre is a discreet but an integral part of The Trinity Catholic School. Life as a sixth form student offers continuity as well as change through a new and challenging level of study as well as in new Sixth Form facilities.
It contains a purpose-built common room, science laboratories, teaching rooms, tutorial rooms, study areas and ICT rooms.
The school library is at the heart of lower school and sixth formers are encouraged to use it for quiet study. There is direct access to the school canteen and a designated dining area specifically for sixth formers. There is also easy access to the Kingsbury Site where some subjects are taught including Art, Design, Drama and Music. The arrangement of the buildings allows students an insight into a campus-style university.
Well-qualified and committed teachers, determined to enable students to reach their full academic potential, teach post-16. Students receive five hours of tuition for A level subjects and single award BTEC courses. Double award BTEC courses have ten hours of tuition per week.
For all courses teaching is provided by more than one teacher, which enables staff and students to draw on their different areas of expertise and knowledge, something that is most valuable at A level. We aim for small teaching groups with a maximum of fifteen students per class (whenever possible). Teachers know their students well, and as a result can offer individual support and challenge, and they give of their time freely, before and after school, during breaks and at lunchtime, and especially as public examinations approach. Feedback from students leaving the Sixth Form focuses on their appreciation of the commitment of their teachers.
An important aspect of life in the Sixth Form is the tutorial system, through which we care, encourage and develop our students, aiming to ensure that they make the most of their time in both academic and personal terms.
The care and guidance that we offer all of our students is exemplary. Our expectations are high but we know that students appreciate the support that envelops them from the start of their post-16 experience.
Each student is allocated to a tutor group for two years. This group is a mix of Year 12 and 13 students, easing the integration of new students into the Sixth Form. The Year 13 students share their learning and experiences with those who have just joined. The group’s form tutor oversees their academic work, provides guidance on study, assists with any problems, which may arise and advises on applications for university or other career pathways. All tutor groups work together supporting the wider opportunities within the Sixth Form and within the life of the whole school.
The Trinity Sixth Form is part of the Trinity Catholic School and by enrolling in the Sixth Form you become a part of the whole school community.
All applicants must meet the appropriate entry criteria of 5 higher grade passes (9-4) including both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 as well as meeting the individual entry requirements for each subject that they wish to study.
For BTEC courses students are expected to have achieved 5 higher grade passes (9-4) including both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.
To study at A level a grade 6 is required for most subjects.
October Sixth Form Open Evening. Teachers from all subject areas are on hand to discuss their post 16 courses. There is an introductory talk about life in the Sixth Form. Prospectuses and application forms are available.
January Year 11 ‘choices interviews’. All pupils in Year 11 will have a meeting with a member of the Year 11 or Sixth Form pastoral team. Students will be given advice about their chosen career pathway. Advice will be given about what subjects and courses are suitable for study. Deadline (31st January) for all Sixth Form applications both for internal and external students.
February Students will receive conditional offers of a place.
March Taster day for external applicants. This is an opportunity for external students to find out more about the Sixth Form. They will follow a ‘buddy’ for the day and attend lessons.
June Two Sixth Form Induction Days for both internal and external applicants. The day includes team building activities, a pastoral session, taster lessons and a chance to talk to our Year 12 students about their experience of sixth form life.
August GCSE results day. Teachers will be available on this day to provide further information and advice prior to the finalising of students’ Sixth Form course choices.
A wealth of expertise is available to all students. Not only are our own experienced and knowledgeable form tutors and teaching staff available, but a range of appropriate visitors also advise the students:
Speakers from Higher Education institutions, professions and apprenticeship schemes
IntoUniversity – a widening participation scheme
Unifrog – a destinations platform
Ex-students return to discuss their career pathway
Organisers of gap year opportunities
Students have regular interviews with their form tutor to discuss their career goals and aspirations. There are also trips and visits to exhibitions and universities, including Cambridge University.
Trinity students are proud to help serve the school community. Sixth formers are role models for younger pupils and take on responsibilities wherever possible within the life of the whole school.
The following extra curricular activities are offered for Sixth Form students and we encourage everyone to become involved:
A variety of different music groups including Chamber Choir
The whole school show – acting, singing, make-up, lights, scenery etc.
A wide range of sports clubs
The Briars retreat
Outdoor activity trip
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – Silver and Gold
Paired reading scheme
Interns for Music and Drama
Sixth Form Committee
Sixth formers can also help pupils in Drama and Music lessons and volunteer in our paired reading scheme to support Year 7 pupils. There is also a Sixth Form committee made up of representatives from each tutor group as well as student leadership positions.
Mrs S Wilkinson – Head of Sixth Form
Mrs T Marsden – Progress Co-ordinator for Year 13
Dr M Mulligan – Progress Co-ordinator For Year 12
A day in the life of a sixth former…
A past Year 13 student has written the following account of his time at Trinity.
“Well, having finally made your decision I bet you must be wondering what life as a sixth former is all about. Weeks of worrying about the workload, homework deadlines and the whole exam stress of GCSEs must surely be over, right? Have your thoughts strayed to those comfy sofas and vending machines in the common room, which must be used surely, as even hard working sixth formers need a break once in a while…
So, what is life actually like? Truth be told it’s almost paradoxical to describe, as life feels exactly the same as GCSE, and yet somehow different. What remains the same are the expectations to work hard and concentrate on achieving the very best results that you can at the end of your two-year courses. Your form tutor will keep track of your progress and of course there is no escaping the beady eye of your teachers. Alas some things never change!
Despite this, life is much more enjoyable, and the feeling of independence gained in your studies allows the load to be lessened. Teachers have high aspirations for every student and the smaller class sizes allow for a more personalised approach to lessons, subjects open up and become so much more interesting and dynamic. It’s that personal quality that sums up the Sixth Form; you are not ‘a little fish in a big pond’ as your life as a sixth former is shaped to suit your needs. Help is always available, not just from the teaching and support staff but from your year group too. Independent study sessions are a daily break from your lessons where you have an hour to do some background reading or research.
As the exam craze truly kicks in you’ll be staying up late revising when really you know you should sleep because there is no such thing as an easy subject; hard graft and dedication has to come from your end to get you to where you want to be. Yes, it may be stressful, as emotions run high but never worry as someone will always come to your rescue with a warm word and a smile to keep you going just when you need it most.
Everyone in the Sixth Form looks out for each other and that attitude stays with you not just until the end of your exams, but for the rest of your life.”
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