Outside the Classroom
As a Sixth Former you will be offered other opportunities to learn and develop beyond the classroom. These extra-curricular activities should be taken advantage of as much as possible to expand on your experiences and help to build your lifelong skills.
THA Vibe is The Academy’s podcast radio station, originally set up as a Young Enterprise company. The scheme was so popular; it is now run by the Sixth Form in conjunction with the Media department and volunteers from Years 10 and 11. The Vibe produces podcast shows which can be played during students’ Personalised Learning time. Anyone can make a request, including the staff and the podcasts are also used to advertise and promote Academy events.
Student Support Programme (SSP)
All Sixth Formers are expected to use one of their study sessions per week to assist a teacher in their classroom. Students are allowed to pick which subject, which teacher and which year group they work with. Sixth Formers may be asked to work with an entire class or provide specialist support to individual students. SSP is flexible and can be used by Sixth Formers to run their own after-school club or PL activity based on a hobby of their own, such as sign language.
All Sixth Formers complete up to 10 days of work experience as part of their course. AS students complete their placement at the end of Year 12. Sporting Excellence students complete their placement in Year 13. Students are expected to find their own placements. However, The Academy can offer assistance where needed.
Sixth Formers are expected to assist the staff of The Academy as best they can, by giving tours, assisting at PL/Assembly and volunteering for school events, such as the Year 6 Prospective Parents’ evening and the OAP Christmas Tea Party.
The Sixth Form actively support charities such as Children in Need and Comic Relief by raising money within the Academy. These events are designed and run by the Sixth Formers during their non-contact time.
We actively encourage our Sixth Formers to become leaders. At the end of Year 12 all Sixth Form students are asked to take part in a vote to elect our Head Boy and Head Girl, but there are also positions for House and Sport Leaders available. These roles form THA Student Executive who represent the student body of The Academy.
Post 16 students are entitled to apply for both a student oystercard and the NUS Extra card, which will entitle them to discounted travel and shopping. The 16-19 Bursary Fund will be available to support financially disadvantaged young people in their post 16 education, provided they meet the eligibility criteria implemented by the Academy.