We recognise that to succeed in the outside world, our pupils need to be resourceful and resilient, prepared to take the initiative as well as working in a team. Our aim is not only to equip our sixth formers with excellent A Level grades but also the skills and attitudes that will help them make the most of their lives beyond KLB.
Why choose KLB Sixth Form?
Excellent A Level
In 2019, 32% of exams were at the highest A*-A grades, 65% achieved A*-B grades and the pass rate was 99%. As a result, most students have gone on to secure places at their first choice universities including many of the highly selective universities.
As well as outstanding attainment, KLB Sixth Form has consistently been amongst the top schools in the country for Value Added, the measure of progress students have made from GCSE. In 2019, we were placed in the top 3 percent of schools and colleges nationally and the top state school in Gloucestershire.
A Welcoming Community
Every year we are always pleased to welcome new students into our Sixth Form. In our experience new students appreciate the friendly welcome they receive as they integrate quickly and successfully into our thriving and dynamic Sixth Form community. If you are transferring from another school we will be pleased to arrange for you to visit the school prior to making an application.
Rich and Flexible Curriculum
We provide a rich, flexible programme that enhances academic learning, broadens thinking skills and stretches our students intellectually. Part of the success academically is due to the more independent nature of our Sixth Form lessons. Discussion-based, tutorial-style sessions allow more in-depth study; students develop skills that provide a strong foundation for continued learning and a passion for their subjects.
The two years in Sixth Form will be a challenging and exciting time, both academically and personally. We pride ourselves on providing excellent pastoral care to support students through these crucial years, striving to ensure that all students feel included and supported.
Pastoral care at KLB Sixth Form is based on personal relationships and an overall ethos of mutual respect, openness and care. Amid the pressures of A-Levels, it is imperative to us that we provide a supportive and caring atmosphere in which students can be happy, confident and have the freedom to grow into themselves.
All staff take a role in supporting students. Key figures with specific responsibility for student welfare in the Sixth Form are the Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and tutors.
The Sixth Form Enrichment Programme at KLB forms a core part of the Sixth Form curriculum. The programme consists of a range of courses, training and activities which aim to support and enable students to develop into impressive and well-rounded individuals.
All students have the opportunity to enrich their time at KLB Sixth Form and enhance any application they may have to make to university, employment or apprenticeship.
Our enrichment programme has time allocated each week in the sixth form timetable giving students the opportunity and space to develop those skills that have been identified as vital to achieving success in adult life.
These opportunities include:
- Working in local primary schools
- Working in local care homes
- Taking a first aid course
- Cooking lessons
- Sign language
- Community Sports Leader award
- Charity work
- Book club
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- Recreational sport
- Sixth Form Newsletter
- Competitive sport
- Film club
All students are encouraged to pursue other interests outside of their studies. You all have an important role to play within the school and local community. Listed below are some of the opportunities available to Sixth Form students:
- Drama and music productions
- Supporting Year 7 tutor groups
- Counselling younger students (Talk In Confidence)
- Helping out at open evenings and parents’ evenings
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Sporting representation including rugby, hockey, football and netball.
- Sixth Form committee
Careers and Higher Education
Most of our students apply for Higher Education and will be competing against the best from other state and independent schools. Our Higher Education consultant and sixth form team aim to offer students the best possible support, whether it’s choosing the right courses, crafting a UCAS personal statement that will stand out from the rest or preparing for that all-important interview. We take great pride in seeing our students do well, with many gaining places on the most competitive degree courses in the country.
Students also benefit from careers support which enables them to gain self-knowledge and an awareness of the vast number of opportunities available beyond the sixth form. Regular opportunities are created for open dialogue on progress and pathway choices to support students and their families as they take the first step towards their future adventures after Sixth Form. Tutors, alongside the school’s careers department, ensure that information and advice is readily available when students need it.