Support

At BFS Sixth Form we pride ourselves on the fantastic support offered to our students during their post 16 journey. We are fully aware that some students will need more support than others but all students will receive the necessary support to help them achieve their potential. Each student is part of a tutor group. Registration time each day with their tutor consists of a tutor programme which encourages a sense of identity and community. Various tutor events throughout the year feed into the Tutor Cup competition.

The sixth form management team is highly committed to students achieving success. We have an open door policy and are available at all times during the day. A wide range of support is also given to the "next steps" after sixth form. These include extensive preparation for university, apprenticeships or getting a job. We use a wide range of external speakers who give useful insight into these areas. This would include information for those students wishing to take a gap year.

We want every student to make the most of their sixth form experience at BFS Sixth Form therefore communication between school and home is vital. So please call or email if you have any concerns or questions, even if you think your request is trivial. Sixth Form is a new experience for students and for parents and we are here to help.

Pastoral Support

Each student is allocated a form tutor who support issues that arise on a day to day basis. For more serious concerns the Sixth Form Management Team are here to help and support.

Sixth Form is a real change in culture for some of our students. With extra freedom comes extra responsibility that not all students can immediately cope with. It is incredibly difficulty to find a balance between studies and a social life that encompasses driving tests, boyfriends and girlfriends, part time work, interviews, university visits and of course making a contribution at home.  Students have to learn how to organise and prioritise their time; this is not vital for Sixth Form study but an important life skill for future aspirations.

Daily tutor time will focus on all aspects of developing our young adults holistically so that thye can cope with the challenges that life throws at them. From dealing with issues surrounding life after sixth from, finance, life at university, leaving home and passing a driving test to dealing with global issues, moral dilemmas and managing relationships. The programme can be adapted to suit the needs of the cohort and we welcome feedback from the Sixth Foirm Council.

Learning Support

We have Learning Mentors available all day in study area  to work  with students on either a 1:1 basis or in groups.  The Learning Mentors also run groups for EAL and SEN students. They will do all they can to keep you supported throughout your time in the Sixth Form.

Why might a student want a learning mentor?

  • “I’m so disorganised!”                                
  • “I’m not sure I’m taking the right subjects”
  • “What if I can’t cope?”
  • “English isn’t my first language”
  • “I just feel overwhelmed”

The leap from GCSEs to A Levels can be tough and at BFS Sixth Form we are proud of our commitment to offer individual support to any student who would benefit, so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We have three full time learning mentors available to students all day in our two dedicated study zones.  They spend time with students individually or as a group to provide regular or occasional support.

                                                                                               

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Concorde Drive, Bristol BS10 6NJ
0117 959 7200
sixthform@bristolfreeschool.org.uk