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Moving to the sixth form

Moving into the sixth form brings a wealth of new experiences and challenges. We have spoken to some of our students about their sixth form experience. Each student has found the transition into and through sixth form an opportunity to discover more about themselves.

Why did you choose Chilwell School sixth form?
"We choose the sixth form because we knew the school and, as a consequence the teachers. We felt that they knew our strengths and how we could be challenged. This helps because we know how to talk with our teachers, especially when we find some areas more difficult."
"We like the class sizes; teachers are able to give us time to support our learning. The class sizes are smaller which means we get more individual attention but they are also large enough to provide opportunities for discussion."
"The teachers are very enthusiastic and know their subjects in great detail. They also know you and what you are capable of achieving!"

What did you feel about transition into the sixth form?
"The opportunity to attend lessons before the open evening helped to clarify our choices."
"The open evening allowed us to discuss the merits of different subjects and to get a clear picture about how the subjects fitted together."
"The transition days in the summer term helped to confirm choices as well as begin to prepare us for beginning study in September."
"The trip really helped in creating a sense that there was a new year group and everyone was there because they wanted to do the best that they could."

What is it like to be a student in the Lakeview building?
"The Lakeview building is a fantastic facility in which to be a student in the sixth form."
"The computing facilities and the learning spaces means that we are able to study independently."
"There are plenty of spaces in which we are able to socialise."
"We are able to talk with our tutors, Mrs Fyles and Mr Sweeney on a daily basis and this helps us to organise our studies and be supported when we need it."

What is different about being in the sixth form?
"You have your own printing budget, make sure you learn how to use the printers."
"You are expected to work for a minimum of 35 hours a week (lessons and homework) – don’t fall behind."
"You will be expected to talk during lessons, your opinions count."
"The way in which you write is different from GCSE, you will need to develop a wider set of skills. Listen to the advice of your teachers."
"You will be given preparatory reading, before the courses start and before lessons – make sure you do it otherwise you will not know what is going on."
"Make the most of the opportunities – there are plenty of options available."

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