Academic Progress and Results
Academic study in the sixth form is very different from studying for GCSEs.
As a sixth form student you will take much more responsibility for your own learning and will have the flexibility to structure your personal work programme, making decisions in order to balance your workload with other commitments.
To achieve the best possible grades you will need a much more active working relationship with your teachers: you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, seeking advice and extra help as necessary, and will be expected to undertake independent research and reading in support of your chosen subjects.
Over the last three years our upper sixth form students have consistently maintained an A – E grade A level pass rate of 99% or more, a high percentage gaining A or B grades. The majority of our sixth form leavers usually go to degree courses at Universities or Higher Institutions, with just under half of these going to Russell Group Universities. Others chose to take gap years or work based apprenticeships.
As a Sixth Form student at Pocklington School you will be encouraged to fully to broaden your academic horizons by attending academic seminars and presentations. These can be selected from an annual programme of clubs, societies, activities and events to suit your own interests and specialist subjects.
To extend your academic involvement, you can volunteer to take on the responsibility of becoming a Subject Prefect, help to organise and host visiting speakers and liaise with Heads of Department.
Employers cconsistently ask young people for key workplace skills. We want you to be well prepared for the demands of the working environment so that you will really stand out at interview.
Our sixth form will provide you with many chances to develop and to practise your communication, teamwork, initiative and leadership skills. The more you involve yourself in the life of the school, the more opportunities you will have.
Positions of responsibility to suit everyone
In the Sixth Form, anyone can volunteer to take on responsibility and we will do our best to find a role to suit your skills. This could be helping out with our younger students e.g. listening to young readers, acting as prep-room assistants or helping with after-school care. Alternatively, you might become a School or House Prefect, a Library Assistant, a Sports Team Captain, a CCF Non-Commissioned Officer, a Student Council Representative, a Subject Prefect – or bring us your ideas and we may be able to create a position just for you.