Life outside lessons
When you’re not chilling in our comfortable Sixth Form common room, there’s plenty to keep you busy, interested and challenged. As well as lots of extra-curricular activities and opportunities, we encourage you to get involved in supporting the whole school.
We find that students joining us for A levels from outside Churston are very valuable in this respect, because they bring a different perspective which benefits everyone. So whether you’re coming into Sixth form from Churston or beyond, we’d love you to sign up to help. As well as opportunities to help within departments, there are several broader roles you can apply for.
Our student mentors spend time with younger students, giving them support and encouragement in their subject, and giving them one-to-one tutoring when needed (with the guidance and supervision of teachers). While this has obvious benefits for the younger students, our mentors report that they too get a great deal out of being mentors.
In Year 13, you can apply to be a Lead Mentor, and take on the basic running of the online system which younger students use to meet up with mentors.
During Year 12, you can apply for the role of Student Ambassador, joining a team of 25 students who represent the school at various events, and support the Sixth Form. There is a formal application system, with a job description in the Sixth Form area of Moodle.
Our listeners help support younger students, and sometimes other Sixth Formers, who are going through problems in or out of school and simply need someone to listen to them. If you want to become a listener, you’ll start with a six week training course, with a certificate when you complete it.
Many of our former students report back that as well as learning a great deal for themselves through the training, it also improves their CV. It generates interest at universities (who now offer similar services to their undergraduates), and even with subsequent employers who value the skills the course teaches.
Sixth Form Committee
This committee meets regularly and gives students a voice in the school. On top of this, it’s very active in driving the commitment to fund-raising in Sixth Form, which helps build the sense that we’re part of a wider community beyond school. In the past academic year, the committee was instrumental in raising over £1,000 for such things as Comic Relief.
The Sixth Form Office is open from 8.30am until the end of the day, giving support, advice and pastoral care to all our students. All of the Sixth Form team are determined that students will not only reach their academic potential at Churston, but will also enjoy the time they spend here, and they give all the help and encouragement they can.
All students are invited to have a careers interview with Mrs Sadler-Smith (who has a Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance and Counselling).
We also want to do everything we can to keep our students safe, at Churston and beyond. So we have made the Learn 2 Live event at the Riviera Centre in Torquay a key annual event for Year 12 students. This road safety presentation is run by the emergency services and is enormously significant in helping to prevent accidents. It has a powerful impact on student awareness of the dangers they face as drivers and passengers.