Sixth Form

Welcome to Prince Andrew School Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at Prince Andrew offers students the opportunity to mature   and progress both academically and in terms of personal development.   It offers them the chance to gain qualifications which lead to career and Higher Education opportunities both on island and overseas.

Students wishing to further their education at 16+ may stay on into the Sixth Form, following two learning pathways:  academic or vocational (or sometimes a combination of both).

Courses currently on offer to Sixth Form Students cover a range of qualifications from A/S and A2, to Level 3 Diplomas and VRQ qualifications.  Some of the courses are offered by distance learning, others by the island’s Adult and Vocational Centre.

A/S & A2 and Level 3 Diploma

  • Business Studies
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Psychology
  • Maths
  • Accountancy

VRQ

  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive Studies

Functional Skills

SES

All students participate in SES.  The course is tailored to the needs of the students and focuses on personal development, community involvement and advice and guidance in careers and Higher Education.  A number of students follow the ASDAN Universities Award course.

Whole School Involvement

In addition, all academic students are expected to ‘give back’ to the school.  This may be for example  assisting teachers in lessons, peer counselling or  working with individual students. Students are also encouraged to participate in PE and Enrichment.

Work Experience

Academic students are also offered the opportunity to learn about the world of work.  Here, depending on their courses of study, they are placed with employers who can provide them with relevant on the job training.  Recent placements have been with the St Helena National Trust, a major retailer on the island, the Bank of St Helena, the ICT and the Legal, Lands and Planning Departments.

Vocational students spend 3-4 days in the workplace.  Here they develop the practical skills in automotive engineering or building and construction that they have been taught in school.

Admission to the Sixth Form

The Academic Pathway

Year 11  students must achieve  5 A* – C grades at GCSE if they wish to undertake Further Education at Prince Andrew School.   They should also have an excellent track record in terms of attitude and behaviour.    They will be required to study 3 A/S levels or equivalent.   To continue into Year 13, they must have achieved  3 D grades or above and should be able to show progression from Year 12 studies to a Level 3 course (A Level or equivalent).

The Vocational Pathway

Students should have studied their chosen subject up to VRQ Level 1.  If they have not achieved A*- C in English or Maths, they should be prepared to undertake Functional Skills in these subjects.    They should have an excellent track record in terms of attitude and behaviour.

Application to the Sixth Form

  • Students will be invited to attend an Options Evening to discuss options available and choose subjects for study in term 2B
  • An application form (available from the School Office) must be submitted to the Head of Sixth Form in April.
  • Interviews with Head of Sixth Form and Head of Pastoral
  • GCSE Results Day
  • If students’  applications are  successful and they have achieved the required grades they will come into school to finalise courses/timetable
  • Induction Day:  “Welcome to the Sixth Form”

Accommodation

The Sixth Form has its own Common Room for study and socialising (at breaks and lunchtimes).  Students are also  encouraged to use the Information and Resource Centre for private study.  The school’s ICT suites are also available for students.