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Sixth Form Student Life

Life as a Sixth Form student can be both exciting and challenging. We have put together this FAQ page to help with any queries you might have about student life here at the Marches Sixth Form.


Learning to drive & travelling to Sixth Form

Students are allowed to attend driving lessons in their independent study lessons if their studies are on track. Students may request time out of Sixth Form for their driving test.

students are not able to park on site, there is parking in the local area which we encourage the students to use, being mindful of our neighbours!

The school is well provided for with buses from local areas and students use public transport to join us from local towns such as Baschurch.

Food & wellbeing

The Sixth Form has its own cafeteria which is open at break and lunch time. Many students like to stay in the sixth form and make use of the many facilities on site.

The Co-op is a regular favourite as is the new Mc Donald’s! The Sixth Form is also close enough to town for students to use the local shops: Greggs, Gillham’s and Costa amongst others. The common room and outside spaces are popular at social times and is usually alive with students playing table tennis, chess or pool or chatting and playing music.

We have a number of sports clubs and an active competitive football and netball team. Students compete in a number of cross trust varsity competitions each year which include a range of sports, last year they competed in Cricket, Football, Netball and some more unusual sports such as rowing and volleyball. Students are involved in the school performance often taking the leading roles, as well as supporting backstage and we have a rich range of additional clubs available: Senior choir, games club, debating activities, the medics society, Gold D of E and many more.

Our students don’t have to even leave the site for gym facilities, they are encouraged to use the new gym facility on site at no cost. They can do so on the day when it is free and after school on a number of evenings a week.

Pastoral provision at the Sixth Form is very strong and frequently receives praise from external visitors. We have a full-time non-teaching member of staff who is a trained counsellor providing wellbeing support for anything from a lost key or broken shoes to regular individual counselling sessions. Our Leader of 6th Form and Assistant Headteacher – 6th Form both keep a keen eye on Progress and support students with their academic development.

There are lots of opportunities for travel and trips. We have travelled to Iceland, New York, France and Belgium to visit the battlefields and Disneyland. Every year we ensure that all the students in the sixth form visit at least one city, last year this was Chester and Manchester. Our students also attend a UCAS fair and school careers fairs. Social events are organised by the student leaders independently of the school.

Study areas

We have study spaces to suit every student. From small, bookable (1 to 4 people) study rooms for those who like things silent, to rooms equipped with PC’s, study pods, indoor and outdoor more communal areas. We have excellent Wi-Fi throughout the building for students to bring in their own devices with plenty of desk space.

Dress code

All students should wear smart, modest work style wear. You set an example for other students in school, please remember that you are dressing for a school setting. If you are unsure whether your choice of clothes is suitable, please ask a member of the Sixth Form team before you wear it into school. The dress code can be found on the web site. https://marchesschool.co.uk/sixth-form-and-careers/about-sixth-form/a-guide-to-our-sixth-form/

For clarification on any clothing, please speak to one of the Sixth Form team.

Your journey after Sixth Form

Careers support is part of the sixth form journey from Y11 transition right through to results day, prospective students are invited to meet with a senior member of staff along with a parent to discuss their courses to help make the right decisions about their sixth form courses. We have an on-site fully qualified careers advisor and students all have a Year 12 mock interview and take part in work experience. We take you to the best careers events, apprenticeship shows and UCAS fairs. Students are supported through the UCAS process by an expert team of tutors, and should it be needed, staff are always available right to the end on results day to support our students with clearing. Students have a tutor who they see as a group twice a day, once for tutor time and again for a session of reading in the afternoon, these sessions are an important part of sixth form life where you can develop wider skills and develop a reading portfolio, for pleasure or to support courses.

All students and parents have access to independent advice and guidance (IAG), whenever required, to assist with making important academic or career decisions. A careers guidance interview is an impartial, one-to-one meeting between yourself and a professionally qualified Careers Adviser (Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development). A guidance interview can last up to 45 minutes and is not like a job interview – there are no right or wrong answers, it’s all about you.

Our Scholar’s programme is delivered by Sixth Form specialists and focuses on the very specific skills needed by students who aspire to study at the country’s top universities, Oxford and Cambridge or to follow a medicine, dentistry or veterinary pathway. These are very competitive programmes, and so will develop your interview confidence, support you to prepare for entrance exams and your Supra-curricular journal – your record of learning beyond your subject. The students on the scholars programme also work with our partners at Shrewsbury School who support the all-important interview preparation.

Study what you love

Focussing on your favourite subjects is a breath of fresh air for many students. We offer a brilliant selection of subjects at both A Level and BTEC so you’re sure to find your ideal combination.

You can try out subjects that interest you at our ‘ taster days which run throughout the year. Meet our staff and current students and immerse yourself in Sixth Form life.

For our highest achieving students and those aspiring to Oxbridge we have a scholars’ programme.

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