We have developed the Flourish at KS5 programme to ensure our students are successful at Saint George’s and are prepared for life beyond sixth form. Our personal development programme uses a holistic approach to help our students develop into rounded individuals who have skills that support them both in school and beyond.
Flourish in School
Our transition programme starts in the summer of Year 11, where students are provided with transition readings and activities to help them engage with their subjects and to help them decide whether these are the subjects they wish to study in September. The summer transition work also helps students gain an awareness of the types of independent study that are expected of them at Level 3. In July, we hold our induction day when students can experience taster sessions for their chosen subjects and live a ‘day in the life of a sixth former’. Once students have enrolled in courses, there is a small period of time in September when students can change courses. Our pastoral and teaching staff provide support throughout the year, but particularly in these first few months to help students understand and settle into the demands of Level 3 study. We also hold a parent information evening for all Year 12 students in late September.
To support our students develop study skills suitable for level 3 study, such as independent learning, we use the VESPA programme during our P6 sessions. There are several reflective activities used across the two years of study to help students develop their vision and future goals or to give them practical advice on how to manage their time effectively.
Students all have an allocated form tutor where there is daily contact during our P6 tutor sessions. The tutor also acts as a mentor to the student in both pastoral and academic matters. We also have a KS5 Learning Mentor who can provide 1:1 or group mentoring for students.
Saint George's Community
Our sixth form plays a very active part in the Saint George’s community, and we expect all students to contribute to our school community in a variety of ways. Students can become involved in peer mentoring, peer tutoring, and acting as reading buddies in our primary phase. All students in Year 12 will plan and deliver worship to at least one community or the primary phase, as well as deliver presentations to small sixth-form groups. We offer a rewards programme for the sixth form community contribution time.
- Bronze Award: 10hrs of community contributions
- Silver Award: 20hrs of community contribution
- Gold Award: 30hrs of community contribution
- Platinum Award: 50hrs of community contribution
There are various student leadership opportunities in our sixth form.
Flourish Beyond School
Flourish beyond school, references largely to our Careers Programme and work experience that we encourage at Saint George's. For more information on Careers, please click here, and for any career advice or mentoring please contact our careers lead Ms Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flourish in Life
PSHE & Life Skills
We offer a comprehensive PSHE programme that is designed specifically for Post-16. We follow the PSHE Association guidance for recommended content. Our PSHE curriculum is delivered during our P6 tutor sessions, fortnightly personal development sessions and during drop-down days. We work with many external providers to ensure our curriculum delivery is engaging and informative for students.
External providers, we work with to deliver our PSHE curriculum:
- Kent Police
- KMT – Teacher training internship programme
- Independent Careers Advisors
- Motivational local business owner & ex-student James Gardner
- Red Cross
- University of Kent
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- Bank of England
- Adam & Bowles Wealth Management Company
- Oxford University
- University of Greenwich
- Wide range of local employers
- Kent County Council