Welcome from the Head of Year 12, Mr Burton


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An introduction to the Year 12 Tutors


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Information for parents/carers of Year 12


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Welcome from the Head of Year 13, Mr Holmes


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Year 12 Summer Bridging Projects

Year 13 Tasks

For those applying for university:

Below are some resources that you should use to prepare yourselves to be in the best position possible for when you start university life this year or next September. Below are links to books to read, online courses to attend and supportive materials:

  • https://www.ucas.com/events/exploring-university/learn-about-uni-taster-course
  • https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/university-life/10-things-to-do-before-starting-university
  • https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/17-books-you-should-read-or-university-chosen-students
  • http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/suggested-reading-and-resources
  • https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/school-and-college-liaison/getting-ready-for-university
  • https://www.unitasterdays.com/search.aspx
  • https://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/applying-to-univ/reading-bank
  • https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

Please research the modules for your potential university degree and build up relevant knowledge by reading round the subject. The university website, admission office and/or department tutors will be able to further support you with what resources would be appropriate.  

Please feedback to your tutor once each week with your progress in preparing yourself for university life.

If you are applying for university, the deadline has been put back a month to make first and insurance choices. You should continue to use the plentiful university virtual tours and course information to help you to complete your final choices using the TRACKING APP by JUNE 18TH at the latest. You should also make sure you have applied to STUDENT FINANCE.  

For those applying for apprenticeships:

We will continue to send out the latest update from the ASK apprenticeships agency to you which has useful advice and links in these difficult times. Please keep checking your u.k.gov/apprenticeships link for alerts and research relevant potential business companies using ASK apprenticeships that may offer placements in the near future.  Please feedback to your tutor once each week with your progress.

Extra-curricular Activities

As a requirement, all students will participate in Enrichment on a fortnightly basis within the school timetable, with the purpose of being educated to become a better rounded student with a broader knowledge of the world in which they live.

Sessions include:

  • Enrichment 
  • Yoga
  • Preparation and Support for UCAS and apprenticeships 
  • Student Finance
  • Safe Drive Programme - Learn to Live at The Gordon Craig Theatre
  • Music appreciation
  • Well being
  • Mindfulness
  • Sexual health
  • Exam well-being and how to revise
  • Mock elections
  • Role of the Unions
  • Budgeting/finance
  • Preparing for work experience

All Year 12 students are encouraged to become involved in the Ambassador Scheme; this may include the running of a club, tutoring students lower down the school or assisting in the classroom and can help to make our Sixth Formers improve their personal development.

Additional qualifications are also available, most notably the Extended Project where students choose a topic of their own choice which helps develop independence and is run in conjunction with a body of teaching staff and individual teachers who act as mentors.  It offers them a chance to truly explore a topic of interest and is well regarded by Universities and future employers alike.

Other opportunities include joining the prom/events committee, writing the school newspaper, Duke of Edinburgh, UCAS/apprenticeship events and applying for head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl.

Within the Sixth Form, the students take great pleasure in organising Sixth Form social events, allowing the students to build friendships, as well as means to fund raise for the Sixth Form annual Summer May Ball.  The events are always popular with students and on many occasions the invitations to these events are extended to staff and students from our consortium schools.  In the past events such as quiz nights, cake sales, non-uniform days and joint Sixth Form events.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Highfield School runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This programme is currently available to Year 12 students.

Doing their DofE can be a life-changing adventure for your child. On the way, they will do their own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help them reach their full potential. They’ll learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement. Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and know what it says about someone who’s an Award holder.

For young people, a DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. They just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass them by.

Young people can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We offer the Silver Level as a programme for Year 12s.

Young people achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections. They’ll find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition!

Sessions run every Monday, 3-4pm in the Sixth Form area.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information about the DofE scheme at Highfield please speak to Mr Clark.

Dress Code

The Highfield School expects Sixth Form students to be appropriately presented and dressed, in sensible and appropriate casual wear for the school environment.  To fulfil this expectation, we ask students not to wear shorts, revealing clothing, ripped jeans/clothing or track suits/joggers (unless for a PE lesson).  Students should not have any inappropriate facial piercings and hair should be of natural shades only.  Hats should not be worn in school. 

Fearnhill requires a smart work wear dress policy which is only a requirement if you are a registered Fearnhill student.  The Highfield School students should be sensitive to this when attending lessons at Fearnhill.

Fearnhill Dress Code

16-19 Bursary

A 16-19 Bursary is now available and information can be located at the following bursary website link below. For information regarding our application process please see Mr Furness or Ms Sutton.

16-19 Bursary Information Website