In order to encourage positive study habits in the Sixth Form, all students will complete some time in supervised study sessions in school. We will ask all Lower Sixth students to dedicate around half of their study periods to become supervised study periods. Some Upper Sixth students may also be asked to undertake supervised study if they have struggled with the demands of organising their time at AS Level.
To reach the best possible grade they must be prepared to read up on the subject(s) they are following. Teachers will often suggest wider reading as a personal target for further progress. This means not only completing the work they have been set, but also undertaking additional reading on their own initiative to follow-up particular points of interest. Subject staff will offer guidance to help with this.
A well-read student is one who also keeps up-to-date with current affairs. This is particularly important when studying Citizenship or any of the Humanities, Social Sciences or a Foreign Language, but will also be useful when specialising in Science, Mathematics or the Arts.
For AS/A2 Level study, for every hour spent in the classroom students should be completing an equivalent amount of independent study. This might be homework, coursework or a set task. It might take the form of a piece of research or writing up of class notes. It will often be background reading or revision (which is done all year not just at the end). There is never an excuse for a student to think that they have nothing to do. The onus is on students to be proactive in their studies and to look to learn as much as possible, ensuring that they always bring work with them to work effectively in their supervised study periods in school.
All students have timetabled Supervised Study periods that must be attended and they are expected to work during them. Some of these periods are supervised by staff.