VIRTUAL OPEN EVENT: Harrogate Grammar School Sixth Form showcase goes digital
HARROGATE Grammar School Sixth Form will be showcased with a special virtual open event on Thursday, November 12.
In light of the Covid19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines the school has decided to open its doors digitally to potential students and their families.
They will be greeted with welcome videos from the Headteacher, the Director of Sixth Form and students
There will also be videos about courses and the opportunity to explore the campus digitally, including this amazing 3D walkthrough tour of the recently extended Sixth Form facilities.
Staff say they look forward to welcoming prospective students to the virtual open event as the school celebrates record breaking exam success with an average of 60 per cent of A Level grades being A* to B for seven consecutive years, alongside excellent pastoral support.
The Sixth Form offers 40 Advanced Level courses with specialist packages in Medical Sciences, Law, Business, STEM, Education and Art.
Leadership opportunities across the community available with exciting enrichment activities and recently achieved Quality in Careers Standard Award.
Easily accessible from Leeds and the surrounding areas with both public and bespoke bus services, the school welcomes all applications
Virtual open events ‘vital’ to choosing right Sixth Form
The Director of a Harrogate school Sixth Form has emphasised the importance of attending virtual open events before applying.
Ben Twitchin, from The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School, said attending virtual open events gives students the chance to make informed decisions.
“This is the first-time students have a really free choice in what they study. Despite the fact that students will not be able to visit Sixth Forms in person this year, it is really important they engage in virtual open events.
"This is the best way for students to develop an understanding of the culture of a Sixth Form, and to find out crucial information about courses and facilities on offer, in order to support them in making the right decision about their next steps” he said.
Whether you are a parent or a student applying to Sixth Form there are several ways you can make the most of virtual open events.
Here are seven top tips on what to ask and what to look out for.
1. Do your research
Before watching virtual open events, do your research and make a list of any questions you have, as well as a list of priorities that you are looking for in a Sixth Form. This will be useful if you talk with staff online about your course.
While it is important to keep an open mind, being prepared will help to ensure you make the most of the virtual open event.
2. Don’t be afraid to move
This year The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School welcomed over 130 students who had previously attended different schools.
“It is really common that students join us in the Sixth Form, they add to the vibrancy and diversity of the school. The Sixth Form provides a fresh start for all of our students, and students quickly feel settled within our community.” said Mr Twitchin.
Transport doesn’t have to be a barrier either – The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School is well serviced by public bus services and also offer specific bus services to help students travel to and from the school from the surrounding area.
3. Check the results
When considering your post-16 options look for consistently excellent results rather than just one year. Harrogate Grammar School has achieved record breaking exam success with an average of 60% of A Level grades being A*-B over seven consecutive years.
4. Look at the subjects on offer
As noted, Sixth Form is the first-time students have a true choice in what they are studying so it is important to look at the range on offer.
Mr Twitchin has these three pieces of advice for future students: “Select a subject that you genuinely really enjoy.”
“Select a subject that you are also good at because then you can make significant progress and develop at the higher level of study expected at A Level.
"Thirdly. Make sure you select a subject that allows you to progress after Sixth Form to the next stage in your life.”
Harrogate Grammar School’s virtual open event features video introductions from subject teachers, covering all 40 courses on offer. The videos provide all of the key course information, and also feature current students speaking about subjects in order to give prospective students a really strong insight into each of the courses on offer.
5. Look beyond the subjects
It is also important to consider what other opportunities a Sixth Form offers to help students develop and prepare for the next stage of their lives.
Are there active, student-led societies, leadership opportunities and a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer?
Head Student, Matt Roberts commented on the range of opportunities open to him and others at Harrogate Grammar School: “No matter where your passion lies, whether it be in sport, art, drama, music or the academic side of school life, there is always something extra to take part in.”
6. Think about progression
What happens after Sixth Form is crucial, so check that there is a clear route to university, further education or apprenticeships. Find out if successful alumni visit to inspire current students and whether there is an active work-experience programme.
Mr Twitchin said a key thing to also look out for is whether the Sixth Form has a Quality in Careers Standard Award which recognises excellence in careers education, information and guidance.
The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School has this careers award and encourages excellence for all its students across 40 subjects, taught in world-class facilities.
7. Look for strong pastoral and academic support
The step from GCSEs to A Levels can sometimes be challenging. It is important to find out how students are supported in developing the strong independent study skills that are crucial to success in the Sixth Form.
A strong pastoral team and a clear commitment to student wellbeing are also essential elements to look out for when selecting your destination of study.
Head Student, Iris Eastaugh, commented: “The Sixth Form’s outstanding pastoral system at Harrogate Grammar School provides consistent support for our whole community. It is so reassuring to know that there are friendly faces that we can approach to talk through any questions or concerns.”
Harrogate Grammar School holds the Carnegie School Mental Health Award, and the Sixth Form has an experienced and specialised team of staff in place to support students throughout their Sixth Form journey.