Sixth Form Staff

Director of Sixth Form: Mr S Elton
Office: Old House, Sixth Form Study Skills Area
Head of Year 12: Mr D Ferriss 
Head of Year 13: Mr D Aldridge
Mentor  Room Mentor
Mentor Room 
12NRS Mrs C Norris/
Mrs S Royle
O21 13JEF Mr P Jeffs SG2
!2MOS Mr A Mosley

O26 13KER Mrs D Kershaw SG1
12CAK Miss L Clark

B13 13THN Mr D Thomson S12
12KEM Mrs H Kemp

C11 13HAK Mrs L Hawkes S14
12SMA Miss E Smart/
Miss C Franklin
C12 13DAV Mrs A Goodridge-~Davies
Miss L Hill
Sixth Form Learning Mentor:
Miss C Worrall 
Sixth Form Administrator and Learning Mentor
Mrs G Hind
Old House, Ground Floor, Sixth Form Study Area


Coundon Sixth Form

Thank you for taking the time to consider Coundon Court Sixth Form. There are many important decisions to make regarding the choices available for education Post‐16. Whilst this can be a very exciting time, we appreciate that it can also be very daunting. We are dedicated to supporting and developing the career aspirations of our talented students.

At Coundon Court we understand the significance of preparing our students for the world of work. We recognise that alongside good qualifications is the necessity for work experience and opportunities to build upon employability skills that future universities and employers will be looking for. We aim to work alongside our students and see them as individuals, to put together a package of subjects, qualifications, extra‐curricular activities, enrichment and work experience opportunities that will ensure progression to their chosen Post 18 destination, whilst at the same time developing our students into young adults.

We ask for hard work from all of our Sixth Form students to ensure that they become the best that they can possibly be. In return, we provide you with:

  • A wide choice of academic and vocational qualifications to choose from;
  • Review of progress throughout the year from subject teachers, tutors and our Sixth Form Learning Mentor to ensure our students understand explicitly what they need to do to move learning and understanding forward;
  • Any additional support students may need to ensure they succeed in their courses;
  • Facilities and resources for study and the encouragement to acquire sound learning skills and habits;
  • A willingness to talk with parents/guardians, at regular published meetings and whenever there is a request for an appointment;
  • Careful and comprehensive advice, guidance and support about careers, both in education and employment, a service which can continue after students have left school;
  • Genuine concern for welfare and development; students should always feel there is a member of staff to whom they can turn.

We are a large, successful Sixth Form, one which welcomes many students from other schools each year and we aim to ensure that every student is valued.


A Sixth Former’s Perspective

Deciding what to do after GCSEs is a daunting experience, especially when there are a wide range of opportunites to consider. However, in my opinion Sixth Form is the best option for young learners who have the aspirations of studying at university or applying for an apprenticeship in the future.

Sixth Form teaches you to become an independent learner by developing good time management and organisational skills. It sets the foundations which university will build upon you. In addition, the Sixth Form offers a vast range of subjects which are coursework based, allowing students to become equipped when meeting regular deadlines and producing a consistent level of work throughout the year. Sixth Form also has excellent support systems to ensure that you stay on track with your studies and achieve to your full potential.

In my experience of Sixth Form, Coundon Court has provided me with an excellent education, through the help and support of teachers in order to reach my full potential so I can continue to progress in the subjects I have chosen.

Sixth Form life also helps to develop a well‐rounded individual which is crucial in becoming more attractive to potential employers. Students must take part in enrichment activities and work experience which makes applications for universities more distinct from other candidates who have the same grades. In addition, it allows you to become a more confident individual and develop the employability skills for which universities or future employers will be looking for.

There are also regular sports fixtures and various other social activities available throughout the year, meaning that you’ll quickly settle in and adapt to the Sixth Form environment if you have not had the opportunity to study at Coundon Court before. 

Requirements For Entry To Our Sixth Form

The Sixth Form centre at Coundon Court is open to any student, whether they attend Coundon Court currently or not, who meet the entry criteria.

  • To study THREE Level 3 A Level/BTEC Subsidiary Diploma courses students must achieve the specific criteria for the subjects they wish to study and will usually include 5 GCSE A*-C’s including English and mathematics.

To progress to Year 13 courses, students must be working positively toward their target grades at the end of Year 12.

Possible Post 18 progression routes

Minimum GCSE Average Point Score Course Recommended After Post 16
48+ 4 A Levels University
42 - 48 3 A Levels or
2 A Levels & 1 BTEC Level 3
or 2 BTEC Level 3 & 1 A LEvelo
University is one of your planned options
38 - 42 3 BTEC Level 3 Apprenticeships, employment
or FD, HND, HNC courses at university


Grades in Point Scores
Grade Points  

For example:

The average points score is calculated by adding the individual point scores together  and dividing by how many qualifications taken.

Child 1 achieves:- 3 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s: (52 + 52 +52 + 46 + 46 + 40 + 40) ÷ 7 = 46.8

Therefore Child 1 has an average points score of 46.8

A* 58
A 52
B 46
C 40
D 34


What Else Do I Need To Know?


Additional Level 3 Qualifications are offered by other schools in the city in a consortium arrangement. Students cannot take more than one of these subjects which is not taught at Coundon Court. Consorting can put extra pressure on the student due to the additional travelling and the reduced out‐of‐lesson contact with the teaching staff. 

Is Careers/University Advice Available?

Expert advice for both careers and higher education is available from the Sixth Form Team, teachers and also Careers Staff based on the site. Students can request advice as often as they wish. We have an excellent reputation for helping students maximise their university opportunities.

How is Progress Monitored?

Students meet regularly with their tutors to review their progress and set personal targets, both short and long term. In addition, subject teachers and parents are invited to meet on a formal basis each year. Members of the Sixth Form Leadership team will also monitor all students’ academic performance closely in order to support them in maintaining their potential.


You will be expected to attend school every day by 8.25am. You will be given the option to change subjects in the first three weeks of Year 12, but only if there is space and you meet the entry requirements. You will not be permitted to drop subjects during the course of the year. All Level 3 subjects are two‐year courses.

Life in Sixth Form All Year 12 students will be assigned their own Sixth Form tutor who they will meet during the daily tutor period to monitor academic progress, a?endance and punctuality. Current affairs and topics are also discussed and debated.

Life in the Sixth Form

Centre Sixth Form students have two designated Sixth Form areas which can be used before and after school and at breaks and lunchtimes. There is also a catering outlet in the centre providing hot and cold snacks and refreshments.

A Typical Day in Sixth Form at Coundon Court

Tutor Time

Sixth Form students are expected to attend Tutor Time each day, unless they are involved in an enrichment activity.  As an example, a Sports Leader may sometimes support the PE Department with Year 7 gym exercises, encouraging the students to lead a healthy lifestyle and make exercising fun. Sports Leaders is part of a student's enrichment hours. All Year 12 students have to complete 30 hours across the year and this helps develop essential employability skills. When not completing activitiies such as Sports Leaders, students look at career planning, target settng or take part in discussions.


Students study a range of subjects some of which are very different in their nature to other subjects.  Students undertake various activities to to ensure that they cover each syllabus. Teachers make the lessons as interesting as possible. Students will take part in group work, presentations, discussions, debates, peer and self assessment as well as practice exam questions to enable them to feel confident and prepared for their exams.

Study Skills

There are 3 hours of study skills each week in Year 12 and 2 hours per week in Year 13. This is very helpful to students, as it gives them time to look over their notes and complete homework, for example. Study skills also helps with choosing enrichment, work experience and university places. During this time students can help each other with homework. The Learning Mentors are always there to help give advice and guidance . This time helps students manage their workload and gives them more free time outside of school to concentrate on other activities. Overall, students' days are varied, keeping the weeks different and exciting. Although Sixth Form can be challenging, students enjoy it and feel that they have gained many skills from it.

Dress Code

Students who enter Sixth Form are important role models within the school community. They must set an example to the rest of the school, whilst enjoying the privilege of expressing themselves more independently.

Their dress should reflect smart business wear.

Important Documents for Sixth Form Students