Guidance & Support

Guidance & Support

The Sixth Form tutoring system focuses on the increasing maturity and independence of our students to help them approach the next step of their lives with confidence.

Tutor Groups

Tutor groups are drawn up for the start of September and Sixth Form tutors will get to know their group very well during morning form periods. Tutors will normally remain with the same group through the two years of the Sixth Form.

Our Sixth Form tutors teach a wide variety of subjects. They share an ability to build good working relationships with students during these important final years of school; mentoring and supporting students to achieve their full potential.

Tutors monitor the academic progress of students, offering advice and support when necessary. They guide students through the process of applying for higher education, employment or gap year activities. The majority of our students make UCAS applications; their Sixth Form tutor helps and guides them through each step in this process including assisting with the writing of personal statements.

The Head of Sixth Form, Ms Wilson supports the tutors and they are based in the Sixth Form centre making them readily accessible to the students. In addition student support services are available.

Induction Day

After the Year 11 examinations, all internal and external applicants are invited to attend an induction day. This is designed to help students to settle in as quickly as possible by getting to know fellow students and the teaching staff and becoming familiar with the Sixth Form facilities.

Extra Curricular Activities

Sixth Form students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities. We have a Sixth Form committee where issues relating to the Sixth Form are discussed.

Careers advice is readily available from Careers Torch. Where it is relevant to employment or university courses, we encourage students to undertake periods of work experience as an enrichment option.

Support and advice provided by The Pingle Academy Sixth Form begins on Year 11 results day in August and continues throughout the two years of Sixth Form and beyond. The level of involvement is such that Sixth Form students return as guest speakers to deliver talks on careers and university courses. In addition, many students aspiring to be teachers return to complete work experience in preparation for their training.


Homework – Key Stage 5

Students in Sixth Form should expect a homework load approximately equivalent to one hour for every hour spent on a subject in school.  The tasks will be more wide ranging, however, and submission deadlines more flexible.  Opportunities for private study exist during the school week for all students. Teachers should inform students in their classes when they will be setting homework as indicated by the homework timetable and students should write it down in the timetable section of their organisers.


Reforming A Levels

Please click here to view the Statement of Our Offer 2015 document.