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The Burgate Sixth Form


Welcome to The Burgate Sixth Form

A very warm welcome to The Burgate Sixth Form.

I am very proud to be part of an incredible team, who will guide students through every step of their sixth form journey. Sixth form life is distinctly different from the previous school experience; it comes with greater independence and with that comes greater expectations. This jump requires individuals with a willingness to learn, to self-reflect and to believe in themselves. Students will find themselves surrounded by staff with a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion in helping them to succeed.

The relationships that we nurture here are what makes us unique. We actively seek to know our students well, so that we may identify how they learn best. Our classes are relatively small for a sixth form, enabling us to support students with inspirational teaching and provide regular individual feedback. We have an excellent track record of helping students achieve their first choice of university, including Russell Group and Oxbridge. We also recognise that university will not be the preferred route for all and with so many exciting opportunities on offer, we seek to ensure students are guided through the options that are right for them.

Of course, success is not always measured by academic achievement. This is a magical two years in a student’s life; one of self-discovery, personal growth and making memories. Enrichment opportunities play a vital role in broadening horizons and awareness for our students, so we actively encourage participation and exposure to a variety of experiences. Students will learn to navigate the demands of studying at a higher level, whilst learning to regulate their work-life balance and time-management. This will be challenging, but these difficult moments can provide powerful learning opportunities and students will be fully supported in developing skills that will serve them well in later life.

I am regularly told by our students that The Burgate Sixth Form feels like a family, with a real sense of community and inclusivity. Students are treated with respect and are made to feel valued. The dedicated sixth form space is a welcoming hub of young, inquisitive minds, eager to make themselves and their teachers proud and I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to work with this generation of young adults.

It is a privilege to lead The Burgate Sixth Form. I am excited about the future for our college community and those who choose to study with us.

Helen Costello, Head of Sixth Form

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