The Sixth Form at St Martin's School is committed to promoting personal development by giving its students the opportunity to take responsibility and to demonstrate leadership and other skills that are so attractive to future employers and universities.
The Sixth Form Enrichment programme encourages and supports students in developing their whole school community contribution and personal development, but it is unlikely that a student will gain all their valuable experiences solely through activities completed in school.
Studying at Sixth Form level seeks to prepare young people for the transfer into Higher Education and employment by proving a framework within which they can explore personal interests and aspirations with regard to future career choices. Early in Year 12 an extensive Higher Education programme encourages students to research alternative choices and develop personal aims. Higher Education conferences and other activities, such as university taster courses, inform students and parents of the university application process and supports students in successfully securing an appropriate Higher Education placement. Similar support is available for those intending to enter employment directly from school and the Sixth Form works closely with their careers advisor to assist students in identifying suitable career opportunities and in making successful applications.
There are many opportunities for students to become active members of both the school and the wider community either through direct involvement or by supporting Sixth Form activities to raise funds for charities such as LEPRA, MacMillan and UNICEF. Many students give their time supporting the work of the Sixth Form, perhaps through the Sixth Form Council, or assisting younger students by working with Form and teaching groups or as student-mentors. In addition, the School is delighted to support student involvement in schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and World Challenge.
Personal Development comes in many forms. For some this means taking the lead in organising a Sixth Form /School, club or other activity; for others it will include sport participation and coaching or involvement in artistic performances. Developing an awareness of world issues is a key theme of personal development in the Sixth Form at St Martin's School and young people are challenged to think beyond their personal experience and develop an informed understanding of local, national and international issues. The series of Sixth Form Conferences, or 'Focus Days' present students with scenarios addressing dilemmas from areas of science, the arts, politics, belief systems and industry. The annual Insight Into Management Conference provides an extended experience of the work environment from within a structured, stimulating but enjoyable framework. The Sixth Form PSHE programme provides information for young people as they develop into responsible adults through a programme of sex and health education, economic awareness and personal safety, particularly in relation to driving.