Year 13 sees the school support each student through both the completion of their A-Level courses and through the completion of the UCAS process. Study becomes increasingly independent in Year 13 as students generally (although not always) focus only on three subjects to complete to A-Level. The start of the year sees students completing and submitting their UCAS applications with the careful support and personalised advice of their referee. Typically, around half of the year group will be applying either for a medical course or to Oxford or Cambridge, and will therefore have to complete their UCAS application by the earlier deadline of October. A well-developed extra-curricular programme of support for admissions test preparation and interview practice is on offer to ensure that our students stand the best possible chance of success in reaching their first choice university.
Students remain in the tutor groups which they have had since Year 12, enabling the depth and quality of the working relationship between staff and students to develop more fully. Their Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year will also remain with them for both of their years in the Sixth Form, again working with the Director of Sixth Form to ensure continuity of experience and consistency of support.
There is a dedicated mentoring day at the start of Year 13 to ensure that tutors are aware of how the UCAS process has progressed over the summer for each student and that tutors are immediately aware of any emerging needs.