Enrichment + World and Career Ready
What sets our Sixth Form apart is the collaborative work beyond the classroom which allows access to unrivalled resources, opportunities and experiences, complemented by a commitment to preparing every student for life beyond Sixth Form.
World and Career Ready
At Bow Sixth Form our ambition is to empower everyone to lead meaningful, fulfilling and productive lives. The nature of work itself has been changing for many years now and throughout your career you will be switching jobs and sectors whilst blending your occupation with continuous learning and training. Our role is to build on the knowledge rich curriculum whilst developing your essential skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and resilience which support employability and citizenship.
We know that employers value aptitude and attitude as much as academic qualifications. To make employability meaningful and impactful we provide active development of students’ critical and self-reflective capabilities, and a real understanding of your future needs as you face a world of exciting possibilities. For you to be successful and achieve in a competitive world we will provide authentic problem-solving situations so that you experience practical learning that reflects human ingenuity and creativity. We will support you with developing a skills set that will allow you to adapt, adjust, move across sectors and acquire new skills and competencies throughout your working life. This includes thinking about your personal values and priorities, and the aptitudes that will help you influence the world you enter into, as well as being prepared for employment and your future career.
As part of your transformational journey we offer the following personal development and growth opportunities; from leadership roles, volunteering and debating to trips and visits to prestigious universities, ensuring you experience not only life within our community but beyond, extending nationally and internationally.
Personal development: boosting resilience, leadership and team building skills you will be encouraged to take part in national and international initiatives including Debate Mate, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Model Westminster and Model United Nations.
Leadership opportunities: encouraging ambition through sports leaders award, paid lunchtime supervisory roles, paid tuition roles working with Year 11 students and membership of our prestigious student ambassador team. Read on below for more information.
Preparing for university life: visits, day experiences summer placements, support with the application process to the broadest range of UK universities via IntoUniversity. Direct access to Clare College Cambridge who work with schools across Tower Hamlets offering visits, sample lecture sessions, Q&A sessions with current undergraduates and workshops on applying to Cambridge.
Medical/dental careers: support via SAMDA (Student Assisted Medical and Dental Applications) with students from Barts and The London Hospitals working with you on a variety of workshops, the application process and interview preparation.
Building your cultural capital: raising aspirations through extensive field trips and visits to theatres and galleries.
Nurturing body and soul: enhancing your physical and mental wellbeing through a range of clubs including personal development, mindfulness and our popular cooking club.
Philanthropy and volunteering: you will be actively involved in community outreach work including volunteering and collaborative partnerships with primary schools and other community and global initiatives.
Student voice: connecting, preparing and motivating you to represent yourself and others so that young people’s voices are heard and making a contribution to improving the environment and school life via the school council, inclusion or charity committees, and the student ambassador team. You will also be involved in a coaching and mentoring programme with younger students.
Work experience: in Year 12 you will experience the world of work through networking events and a one week work placement. BTEC Business students undertake a two-week placement as part of their course. You will be supported to find tailored placements that fit your aspirations and interests.
Global partnerships: our extensive partnerships with global organisations offer workshops, internships, work shadowing, apprenticeships, support with personal statements, interview skills and assessment centres. With thanks to the Aim2Attain Programme with Tower Hamlets EBP, Barclays at Canary Wharf, Rothschild & Co and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Mentoring programme: through our strong partnership links you will be part of our one-to-one mentoring programme with a personal mentor who will support with careers advice, study strategies, university application and so much more.
Support & guidance: specialist Sixth Form tutors are on hand to provide specific post-16 guidance on university progression, career options and studying skills. The trained pastoral team offer outstanding care and support to our students throughout your time with us in the Sixth Form and our PSHCE programme is extensive covering subjects including: feelings and relationships, anti-social behaviour, digital safety, media influence, sexual health, and drug/alcohol awareness.
360° enrichment: our campus and Sixth Form centre has amazing facilities including specialist dance, drama and performance spaces, state-of-the-art gym facilities and spacious student common room. Take advantage of the vast range of Sixth Form clubs – from subject surgeries to politics, sports to film club, enrichment experiences and drop-down days.
Beyond the Classroom
It is important for every student to have access to activities that they are interested in beyond the classroom. Through our enrichment programme we offer a range of options for people to start something new or become experts.
Students have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of clubs, including subject surgeries and workshops, committees, the student newspaper, Bow Jazz, dance, tennis, badminton, football, table tennis, basketball, trampolining and so much more, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, programme.
Young Enterprise Company Programme is a chance for students to set up and run their own business for a year. Students have complete control over their business and its development, whilst being supported through the process by a business advisor.
Three years ago, a Bow Sixth Form student was selected to receive the UK National Journey Award, which he was presented with at an awards ceremony in Central London.
Every year, more than 400,000 people from primary schools, secondary schools, universities, and beyond take part in a Model United Nations. By role-playing meetings like the Security Council and General Assembly, participants get a unique insight into how the United Nations works. They research, debate and try to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems - just like the real thing. It’s great fun and gives students the opportunity to meet new people. It also helps to develop and demonstrate key skills like public speaking, teamwork and negotiation, all of which look great on a CV and university application.
“I couldn’t recommend the Model United Nations day highly enough. Not only is it fun, but we really get to test out the skills we have learnt in debate club – we did really well!” Year 12 Student
Attending Sixth Form as part of a wider secondary school is beneficial to both the post-16 students and their younger peers. We can offer leadership opportunities to our Sixth Formers beyond what they would receive elsewhere.
Our Sixth Form has its own identity because students are working in an adult learning environment, but they still have a vital role to play as role models for younger students. As part of this initiative they take up roles as mentors and leaders; from supporting new Year 7s induction process to providing tips to cope with exam stress to Year 11s, students have access to numerous opportunities to demonstrate their leadership credentials.
“I have been part of a number of initiatives to help support younger students, including leading reading groups with young students and peer mentoring. I think this has helped them, but it has also boosted my confidence. It certainly helped my university application because it showed how I have been working to boost my skills outside of the classroom.” Year 13 Student
Volunteering projects are a great way for our students to get involved in and understand local issues that matter to our neighbours. It’s a great way of meeting new people and helping the community at the same time.
Recent projects that students have been taken part in include:
- Victoria Park: supporting improvements to the community garden
- The Ascension Community Trust: working alongside the trust on various activities such as helping in the community café, gardening and providing lunch for the elderly visitors of the centre.
- Leaders in the Community: help painting their new 10x6ft mural and renovating their communal garden.