Sixth Form Welcome

Pupils receive expert help to gain the reading and writing skills they need to do well in all subjects. As a result, pupils make good progress

There is much joy in this school. Pupils value their teachers, and the rich and diverse community in which they learn

Teachers take account of individual pupils’ needs in their good lesson planning. They make sure that pupils, even those who arrive at unusual points in the school year, are quickly assimilated and make good progress

Teaching is strong in the sixth form. Teachers are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. They show great commitment. Students are fulsome in their praise of the impact their teachers have had on their future education

Lessons are characterised by strong and positive relationships between pupils and teachers. Teachers know pupils well. Often teachers target the learning that individual pupils need because they know them so well

In key stages 1 and 2 teachers plan many opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Our latest Ofsted inspection rated our Sixth Form ‘good’, noting the excellent progress made by students.

We aim to create a purposeful, friendly and adult environment in which you are encouraged to develop a sense of independence and take responsibility for your study. The years you spend in the Sixth Form are important in shaping your future career and education. We hope you will also remember that time as an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Working at this level will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy and study subjects in depth. We take pride in the level of support we give every individual throughout their Sixth Form journey and know that if you work hard you will do very well. Our retention levels are high, nearly all the students who start with us in Year 12 complete their courses successfully.

Bemrose gives you the chance to continue developing the study skills, personal qualities and time management that are needed later in life. We provide opportunities for extracurricular and community activities and give you every encouragement to be leaders in the school.

Above all, the Sixth Form is about helping you realise your potential whatever it is. We want you to be successful and happy, whether this is gaining a place at the university of your choice, getting on in your chosen career, or developing your wider potential.

Mr. Marcus Wesley

Head of Post 16

The Bemrose Sixth Form is a small, friendly, multicultural community of enthusiastic students. We are taught by supportive and understanding teachers; we get a lot of support in and out of lessons, our teachers make sure that we complete work to a high standard.

Sixth formers have lots of opportunities to organise, lead and finance charity events, raising money for different charities. We like to beat the previous year’s target every year, this year we have already raised over £2500. Sixth formers have lots of other enrichment opportunities to be involved in, these include leading or being part of the student council, leading assemblies, representing the school in events such as the Derbyshire Skills Festival. This year, sixth formers have had the opportunity to take a course in coaching and leadership, we mentor lower school students and also help them develop their reading skills. There are also reward trips such as Alton Towers and London.

Sixth Formers get to work closely with the school careers lead, Miss Pavitt, to receive high quality career advice. There are lots of activities in this area including mock interviews, enterprise days and careers events to help you ind the right path when you leave.

The Bemrose School 16 to 19 Tuition Fund Statement 2021 – 2022

The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic. This 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers such as The Bemrose School and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only.

The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16. The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted.

The Bemrose School commits to using the small group tuition funding that it has been given to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on our study programme students. Small groups will contain no more than 5 learners (or 7 learners in exceptional circumstances), with the ambition of having no more than 3 learners in each group. The additional sessions per group will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours.

Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Support sessions will be prioritised for the following students:

  • Those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
  • Those who have a grade 4 or below in GCSE Maths and/or English.
  • Those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.
  • Those students most disadvantaged (from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation)
  • Those classed as vulnerable or impacted most by the pandemic.
  • Level 2 students and some level 3 students on courses who have not achieved a grade 5 & experienced disrupted learning.

Tuition Support offered will be based on individual needs, the identification of an individual’s starting point, clear learning goals, expectations, and outcomes. Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include:

  • GCSE exam re-sit preparation sessions.
  • Vocational qualification assessment preparation sessions.
  • Bespoke subject support/catch-up sessions.
  • Student support sessions.

Our commitment

The Bemrose School is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund by:

  • Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
  • Publishing this guidance on The Bemrose School Website. www.bemrose.derby.sch.uk
  • Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided.
  • Deliver the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22.
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.