A Message from the Principal
Welcome to Rivers Academy whether you are a current student, or are new to the Academy. We are very proud of our Sixth Form and its students. When you join the Sixth Form you will be working with experienced staff who are experts at delivering their subjects to sixth form students. You will become part of a thriving community and will have an excellent opportunity to develop learning skills, academic knowledge, personal responsibility and leadership experience in an outstanding environment.
You are now at the point of choosing what to do and where to go beyond Year 11. Making decisions about the next stage of your education is both exciting and challenging. Exciting because you can now focus on the areas of study which you are most passionate about, which will lead to success and enjoyment. Challenging, because you need to make an informed decision, which might play a significant part in your career plans for the future.
As a Academy we have taken care to provide a broad curriculum offer, working in partnership with local schools where appropriate. We aim to make learning interesting, inspiring and enjoyable. The curriculum structure of our post-16 courses means you can take a broad range of courses and gain nationally recognised qualifications at the end of both Year 12 and Year 13. Some of the subjects will be entirely new to you; others may offer progression from your current GCSEs.
Life in the Sixth Form is undoubtedly different from your previous time at school. As young adults, with higher education or employment not far away, you will establish a different relationship with your teachers and the highest expectations will be placed upon you in terms of your work, appearance and conduct. You will be a role model to younger students. Your views and contributions will continue to be highly valued and we will actively seek to enhance your personal skills and qualities through training and experience. You will receive support, guidance and encouragement from tutors and the sixth form team to ensure that you achieve success.
You will also have the chance to become more involved in the life of the Academy. During the past year Sixth Form students have provided help in lessons and tutor groups, mentored younger students, supported children in local primary schools and actively participated in new staff appointments. They have been involved with enterprise activities and raising money for a wide range of charities.
Application for a place in the Sixth Form should be a positive act. Your choice should be based upon a real desire to study the courses offered. The course descriptions in the Information Booklet can only give you a flavour of what studying in the Sixth Form could mean for you.
It is important to consider all of the choices available to you. Talk to the subject staff and to students. We all want you to choose a combination of courses which is right for you and guarantees your future success. If you are accepted for a place in the Sixth Form, be assured that we will invest all our support and expertise in your future.
We hope you will decide to make an application, but be aware that we require certain conditions to be met. Every applicant should have satisfactory school reports and most subjects have certain minimum requirements in terms of grades achieved at GCSE. This is based on the pattern of success achieved by previous students. Do ensure that you work hard and prepare yourself properly for the months ahead. You will regret it if you fail to do yourself justice in your GCSE examinations.
You now have important decisions to make and your teachers will only be too pleased to help. If you are unsure of any point or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask your tutor or any senior member of staff.
Ms Andria Singlehurst