At St. Ninian’s High School, we are committed to providing our Sixth Form students with a range of supportive measures to enable them to succeed in the transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 and during the their time in Sixth Form. Support is tailored to the needs of individual students and is provided by Sixth Form tutors, mentors, the student support team and subject specialists.

Tutors

The Sixth Form Tutor Team are an experienced, committed team who value the time they spend with their tutor group each morning. The tutors deliver an extensive Pastoral Programme and have been trained in supporting students throughout their Key Stage 5 study. They will explore a variety of current issues to provide students with the opportunity to explore areas relevant to them. Tutors will also have individual mentoring conversations at several points during the year, particularly after interim reports, to check that students are progressing as expected. They will give guidance on a wide range of key skills, as well as supporting students in writing their personal statements, job applications and CVs.

Sixth Form Mentoring Programme

The Sixth Form Mentoring Programme is available to all students who seek structured support, at any point during their course. Scheduled mentoring conversations take place with either Mrs Craig or Miss Clarkson, where students can discuss ways to develop their academic skills and strategies to support their emotional well being, as well as providing an opportunity to explore options available for their future pathways.

Student Support Officer

Key Stage 5 student support is provided by Mrs Strickett, who is available for both pastoral, practical and academic assistance, and is based in the Key Stage 5 office. As a member of our non-teaching staff, she is available to contact during lesson times. Mrs Strickett provides individual support in a variety of areas to assist students in their transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5, and also throughout their Sixth Form experience. This may include careers planning, work experience placements, academic mentoring, coaching and strategies to cope with anxiety.

Subject Support

Most subjects have support sessions for their subject areas and students are encouraged to use these to develop their learning. The schedule is shared with students at the beginning of each term. In addition to this, many subjects have developed Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 transition events to prepare students for advanced study.