Whilst we have high expectations of all students and their academic performance, their experience at Sixth Form is not solely focused on their qualifications. Year 12 and 13 are an excellent opportunity for students to experience a transition between high school education and the independence of the working world.
For this reason, we strive to offer our students an extensive package of opportunities within our enrichment programme which aims to develop them as a whole person. Students leave Cardinal Griffin Catholic College Sixth Form with increased awareness of modern issues, skills and knowledge for the workplace, and knowledge on how to keep themselves safe as adults in the wider world.
Sixth Form Leadership Team
Year 13 students have the opportunity to run for Sixth Form Leadership which consists of a Head Boy and two deputies and a Head Girl and two deputies.
The Sixth Form Leadership team represent the College at many events, speak on behalf of the Sixth Form and wider college community, meet with governors and the College Leadership group including the Principal on a regular basis.
Introduced this academic year, we have a dedicated enrichment programme which is built into the Year 12 timetable. This means that all Year 12 students have 2 hours of protected time solely for the purpose of their personal development and well-being.
Students have the opportunity to play sports for some much needed downtime, engage in an off-site work experience placement for more consistent and in-depth work experience across the academic year, participate in an extended project qualification which goes towards their applications to Universities or help support lower school lessons in subjects they love!
In Year 12, students are supported through a work experience programme whereby all students are required to participate in a work experience placement. For an entire week, students experience the working world and have the opportunity to explore a future career pathway.
Students are guided and supported in sourcing and securing their own placement which is verified by the College which challenges our students' communication and organisational skills whilst teaching them to be committed and resilient.
Trips and Experiences
Sixth Form students have the privilege of attending a variety of College Trips and experiences such as the UCAS Exhibition Fair which provides students with the opportunity to explore every University in the country in one room and lots of different Higher Education Institutions!
Cardinal Griffin Catholic College also hosts an annual Ski Trip to Austria which is an incredible trip where students grit and determination are put to the test on the slopes!
Sixth Form students will also be taken to at least one University Campus to gain insight into University Life.
Students are also actively encouraged to attend University Open Days, especially in Year 13.
As a member of our Sixth Form, all students are entitled to unlimited careers support from an dedicated careers counselor who helps students to explore the variety of options available to them. This is especially useful for those students who are unsure of what they want to do next - a series of regular appointments can really help them on their journey!
We thoroughly believe that learning does not stop once students are outside of the classroom. Because of this, students participate in a variety of workshops provided by external agencies and providers within the College.
For example, all students engage in workshops by the Air Ambulance to learn skills which may save someones life, are taught about drink and drug awareness by Cannock Police, and guided on road safety as they begin to learn how to drive to keep themselves and their friends safe on the road.