Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT
T: 01580 764222 | F: 01580 766267
Our Sixth Form has been highly praised in successive Ofsted inspections. The curriculum is diverse and exciting – we offer a very wide range of courses to suit all interests and aspirations. Our examinations results every year are excellent ensuring that our students can progress to University, College or the work place with the best possible qualifications. You will have the chance to make your own contribution to the life of the school and community - the opportunities for personal development here are immense.
To be an effective leader and to be skilled in team work are attributes that are valued highly by employers, consequently the opportunity to develop team working and leadership skills is offered to all Sixth Form students in recognition of the expectation that those in Year 12 and 13 are positive role models for the rest of the school.
Students are encouraged to apply for the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl and to be members of the Sixth Form Cabinet that works in collaboration with them to take responsibility for student leadership in the school. Members of this group coordinate Charity fund raising events, organize social events for themselves and other year groups, represent the Sixth Form in parent information evenings, assemblies and in meetings in the local community and work in close partnership with the Sixth Form Staff leadership team.
A further opportunity available to KS5 students is to go through an application and interview process to become a member of the Sixth Form mentor group that is trained to counsel and guide younger students.
Sixth Form students can also join the Interact Club, which is sponsored by the local Rotary group and which exists to provide additional opportunities for the development of organizational and leadership skills.
Making the transition to Post 16 learning is an important and exciting step. At Homewood there are opportunities for all learners to build on previous successes and to ensure that this next step results in both academic and personal progress.
In Homewood's Sixth Form there is a wide range of subject choices for all types of learners; including over forty ‘A’ Level or equivalent courses.
Students can follow a route to suit their individual needs in studying an ‘A’ Level based, Vocational or combined pathway. Expert advice is on hand to support students in making the right choices and to guide their next steps in whatever direction these might take; to University, into further training or towards a career.
OFSTED gave a resounding endorsement of Homewood's Sixth Form programme stating that 'The Curriculum offers outstanding breadth of opportunity for students, with a wide range of vocational and academic subjects.'
Supporting students through their Sixth Form years involves much more than just providing them with the right courses and at Homewood we pride ourselves on the quality of care and support we offer. All those entering the Sixth Form are allocated to a mentor who is responsible for guiding them through Years 12 and 13.
There is an extensive support team in the Key Stage 5 office that is dedicated to assisting Sixth Form students personally, socially and academically
At the start of the Autumn term there is a transition and induction programme to ensure that the adjustment between Year 11 and Year 12 is as smooth as it possibly can be.
In each term there are two Immersion Days dedicated to the specific developmental needs of Sixth Form students; one of these days is devoted to individual academic mentoring and goal setting, whilst the other day features expert speakers, presentations and activities related to topics such as staying healthy, safe driving, careers, financial awareness and preparation for University life as well as guidance on study skills and time management.
Sixth Form subject teachers make termly assessments of all students, which track their progress against final projected grades.
Students can apply for a Student Bursary, in order to gain financial support for their studies; full details about the application process will be made available on arrival.
At the heart of the Key Stage 5 Social Area is the Sixth Form ‘Pod’ or Cafeteria, which comprises a food and drink outlet selling a variety of hot and cold light refreshments. There is cafe style seating with bistro tables and chairs and an area for relaxing with sofas, coffee tables and a large wide screen TV.
Next door to the ‘Pod’ are two study areas with computer availability where students can work and study either on their own in a quiet supervised room, or prepare for presentations in small groups.
The Knowledge Information and Communication Centre (KICC) is the school research hub, which houses the extensive library and contains dedicated Sixth Form computers where students can work in the quiet of a library environment.
The Media Centre, which operates as a commercial outlet for the local community provides our Sixth Form students with facilities to print or produce copies of their work to professional standard; in colour, laminated, or enlarged up to A1 size, or transferred onto canvas.
Student drivers can register their vehicles with the Key Stage 5 Office in order to park on site in the Sixth Form car park.
UCAS, Gap Year and Careers Advice
Providing high quality advice to enable the selection of the right future life learning pathways is an essential aspect of our Sixth Form work. We offer comprehensive guidance at every stage of University application, in addition to giving advice about career and employment choices.
University guidance includes attendance at the Higher Education Conference at Kent University and further opportunities to attend seminars there about all aspects of University life. An information evening is held for parents about UCAS and student finance and subsequently students are individually supported with their applications from start to finish.
Visiting speakers make presentations to the Sixth Form during Immersion days on Gap Year programmes and about travelling and volunteering at home and overseas; whilst senior students are also encouraged to participate in ‘World Challenge’.
Expert careers advice is provided to assist students in meeting their aspirations after Sixth Form which includes a full ‘preparation for employment’ programme. There is an annual Careers Convention at Homewood and Sixth Formers are encouraged to undertake voluntary Work Experience.