We offer a comprehensive and structured level of support for all our students’ academic and pastoral needs throughout their study of A-level at Ulverston Victoria High Sixth Form.
There is a comprehensive programme of academic intervention in the Sixth Form, something we believe to be vital in ensuring our students achieve their full potential. Students are assessed by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) as they arrive in the Sixth Form in order to identify students who may need support or have additional need in terms of exam access. Subject teachers play a vital role in offering challenge in the classroom and have clear expectations of work outside of their subject lessons. Students are supported during their form periods as well as their study periods and have access to subject workshops and focused academic intervention sessions.
Whilst transition to A-Level and beyond is an exciting time we recognise it can also be sometimes a challenging time for young people. It can influence many different social, emotional and health needs that may impact on their ability to flourish academically. At Ulverston we have a well-established infrastructure, strategies and expertise in place for pastoral support for our young people. This includes mentoring, health and well-being tutorials, advice and guidance to help young people feel supported and able to take ownership and responsibility towards managing their emotional health and well-being.
Careers Information and Guidance
The UVHS Sixth Form measures itself against the government’s statutory guidance and the Gatsby Foundation’s eight benchmarks to deliver a well-developed and carefully crafted programme of career guidance to all our students.
The programme includes:
Initial surveys of students’ aspirations at the beginning of Year 12 in order to establish appropriate careers guidance and work experience opportunities.
The provision of a dedicated sixth form careers advisor on a weekly basis to provide guidance to students and arrangement of appropriate work experience placements.
Weekly ‘tutorial’ sessions for students in Year 12 and Year 13 incorporating visiting speakers from a variety of higher and further education institutes and the world of work, including former students.
Sessions where students access the Unifrog careers platform, designed to offer students a wealth of advice and material linked to career opportunities and where students’ activities and understanding of potential pathways is tracked.
Visits to an HE convention and specific universities towards the end of Year 12.
Disadvantaged students’ needs are assessed as a priority upon starting sixth form with early appointments with our careers advisor encouraged and progress in understanding careers guidance monitored.
Successful student engagement with the ‘Dream Placement’ initiative.
A regular programme for those students considering applications to Oxbridge and Medicine including mock interviews, visiting speakers and personal statement workshops.
A form time programme linked to careers guidance and, when appropriate, UCAS applications and one-to-one discussions with tutors about career options.
A wealth of careers resources for students in the Sixth Form Resource Area.
UVHS are pleased to be able to offer financial support in the form of a bursary fund to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so that they can remain in education. Further information and how to apply for the bursary fund can be found here.