We appreciate that Sixth Form is a demanding time for you as students and that you will need support and guidance at different stages during the two year course. In order to aid this, teaching groups are small and a range of teaching styles are employed, partly to prepare students for the teaching approach they will meet in Higher Education. Where you require further assistance the Academy provides guidance and support in all subject areas. The Sixth Form team, consisting of the Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Form tutors, are always available to advise students in all aspects of study and personal life and communication between student, staff and parents is encouraged to ensure that the best progress can be made. Regular mentoring takes place between staff and students every learning cycle in order that guidance and reassurance can be given.
The House & Prefect System
There are five houses at King’s made up of vertical year groups: York; Tudor; Hanover; Normandy; Windsor.
The vertical year groups allow all students a chance for leadership and healthy rivalry in our inter-house competitions. We have annual House music, drama, art and sport competitions which are hotly contested. Your tutor room will be housed in a wing of the Academy where all of the house groups take registration to help build a sense of pride and identity for all that belong to the house.
The prefect system at King’s is inclusive and democratic enabling as many students as possible to gain access to positions of leadership and responsibility. Prefect positions are assigned on the basis of a vote made by both the student and staff body. Head prefects, who work with teams of students and run committees for their assigned area of school life, are then invited to apply for the position of Head of School. The Head of School is selected through a series of tasks including hustings, a letter of application, a further student and staff vote and an interview with the Principal and Head of Sixth Form.
The Prefect system operates in all areas of life at King’s with Head Prefects taking responsibility for sport, subjects, the library, the school council, events, charities and Year groups. Working with peers and younger students helps to develop a strong sense of community.
There are several important general principles which the Head Prefect and their team follow:
- Be a role model; someone for younger students to aspire to be like
- Guide, advise and care for those in their charge
- Be fair, just and consistent in dealing with others
- Show initiative
- Always be in the right place at the right time
The Prefect team undertake duties in a range of areas including assemblies, open morning, parents’ evenings and assisting staff in the dining hall. Positions of responsibility are also assigned regarding the leading of extra-curricular, musical and sporting activities by relevant members of staff. In this way we hope to allow all students to develop their skills as leaders and role models across the Academy, and specifically within the Sixth Form.