Sense of community
One of the greatest strengths of The Nobel School Sixth Form is our sense of community.
We are delighted that over 60% of Y11 students choose to stay with us for their post 16 studies and are rightly proud that we attract so many new students into our sixth form. We do all we can to ensure that everyone settles into the Sixth Form as quickly as possible. Teambuilding and social activities are organised throughout the academic year to help foster a sense of community. Sixth Form students readily take on positions of significant responsibility within school. At the end of year 12 students apply to become officers of the Senior Student Team; opportunities include becoming Head Boy, Head Girl, the Headteacher’s Ambassador for Teaching & Learning and Communities Officer to name but a few. Students also have the opportunity of developing their skills and experiences further by working with younger members of the school community. This might include organising sports activities, becoming a reading leader, a subject ambassador or supporting lower school lessons or working as peer mentors.
An essential part of life at The Nobel School Sixth Form is giving students the opportunity to take part in an enrichment programme where they develop an individual profile of skills and experiences that will form part of their application for University, College or a future career.
The Enrichment programme is revised every year. A typical range of courses may include: First Aid, outward bound courses, nutrition workshops, debating clubs, Car maintenance, public speaking, typing skills and Combat Academy.
The Nobel School offers many opportunities for students to enjoy sport; either in representative teams or simply for recreation and fitness. We have popular and well-established girls, boys and mixed teams which represent the Sixth Form at Football, Rugby and Netball. Students are also entitled to a discounted rate that allows access to the extensive gym and leisure facilities at both Nobel Ventures and Fit4Less, Stevenage.
Throughout their time at The Nobel School, Sixth Form students receive expert guidance and assistance to help them make the right decisions to achieve their academic and career goals. Students complete a detailed tutorial programme which outlines the options available to them. The school works in collaboration with a number of Universities, Colleges and Employers to give students the best possible start to life after studying at The Nobel School Sixth Form.
All students receive excellent, individual support in their applications to either Higher Education or work. The personal nature of the support enables students to successfully apply to a variety of institutions, including Oxbridge. Students feel confident and well prepared when applying to some of the most competitive courses including Medicine, Law, English and History. We have highly skilled staff with huge experience of both the university applications process and gaining the best from apprenticeships. The vast majority of students receive the maximum 5 ‘offers’ from their chosen universities and most are accepted on to their ‘first choice’ of university course. The remainder successfully enter employment in a wide range of careers.
We welcome students with a wide range of attainment at GCSE and offer a broad range of academic and vocational courses at different levels to suit all of our students. We take seriously our responsibility to enrol students on to courses which will allow them to achieve and succeed to their potential and set entry requirements according to our KS5 Pathways.
Along with most schools and colleges, we offer a range of BTEC qualifications at level 3. The BTECs are well established and highly respected qualifications that not only attract UCAS points for University entrance but act as a springboard into employment.
They offer a practical educational approach by applying learning to real-life situations. Students have to undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on actual work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge. BTEC provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory. They can be taken alongside A Levels. BTECs encourages learners to manage their time and be more independent, preparing them for the demands of University education as well as the workplace.
The current list of BTEC subjects offered is located within this web site.
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