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Sixth Form

Goodwin Academy Sixth Form is a dynamic and innovative place for young people to learn, that will deliver your BEST Sixth Form education.

Our curriculum offers an exciting blend of traditional A-Levels and vocational BTECs. The expertise, support and guidance of the teachers at Goodwin Academy enables students to achieve their full potential and make progress throughout their time with us. The knowledge and resources within our Sixth Form will ensure that students are supported throughout their studies. Students will have the opportunity to achieve well within their chosen pathway, providing them with access to destination of their choosing.

Sixth form students are the leaders of the school. In running our Junior Leadership Team and as Prefects, they are role models for younger students, influencing aspects of school life such as teaching and learning, the environment and diversity. They support learning across the school at all Key Stages.

We also offer excellent pastoral care and guidance. There are many challenges that young people face and our dedicated, and experienced Sixth Form team support our young people through this crucial period in their lives so that they feel safe, nurtured and able to reach their full potential.

Goodwin Academy’s Sixth Form is committed to offering a wide range of courses to suit the needs of all learners. The curriculum we offer is designed to allow students to focus on an area of interest and follow a recognised Level 3 Study Programme. We offer a variety of very successful Level 3 qualifications that will enable students to choose a curriculum that meet their future aspirations. In addition, there are a number of further qualifications to complement the main curriculum offer, to enable students to study a broad and full curriculum. The curriculum we offer will enable learners to progress onto university, or access Higher Level Apprenticeships or employment.

It is our duty to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to obtain rewarding and skilled employment in the future, and we believe that our vocational curriculum will enable them to flourish when they leave school. The qualifications on offer allow our students to carve out bright futures with industry links, and our qualifications are designed with the support of universities. They enable students to be fully prepared and ready for the challenges that await them in a fast paced and ever changing world.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mrs Daisy Bradford                                                       Mr Gary Dixon
Head of Year 13                                                           Head of Year 12

Sixth Form contact information

Goodwin Academy Sixth Form,
Hamilton Road,
Kent CT14 9BD

Tel: 03333 602 210

Mrs Daisy Bradford, Head of Year 13 –

Mr Gary Dixon, Head of Year 12 –

16-19 Tuition Fund

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the provision of 16 to 19 education. Due to the exceptional circumstances schools have found themselves in, the Government are providing extra funding to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from Covid.

The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme.

The priority of the support is for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths. However, further to those students, if funding is available within our allocation we should consider whether any young people with a grade 4 also need catch up support. The aim is to prioritise students that will benefit most from small group tuition, based on the criteria above. We also have regard to the needs of students 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.

We have been provided with flexibility to decide the most appropriate approach to resourcing the delivery of small group tuition supported through the fund. This may include a mix of both teaching and learning support staff as appropriate. Anyone delivering small group tuition has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience, and has received appropriate training where necessary. Resourcing could be through paying for more hours from existing staff, hiring new staff, or buying in a service from a third party provider.

In line with the evidence on the impact of small group tuition in other contexts, our expectation is that tuition delivered to small groups of up to three students is likely to deliver the greatest impact. Whilst providers will need to make their own decisions on the best approach and to explain that as part of the published statement, we would not expect groups supported from the fund to exceed five students, other than in one off or exceptional circumstances (for example absence of a member of staff requiring the merger of two existing groups on a temporary basis).

Sixth Form students may be eligible for a Bursary Fund.

Please download the following form to apply.