Sixth Form life at Pitsford School is built around A levels. Students take 3 or 4 subjects and spend over 70% of their week working in these disciplines. Sixth Formers will not be expected to adhere to a rigid timetable of homework, as part of the skill in Sixth Form is to develop self-discipline and direction of study, but generally speaking at least four hours per week per subject will be required to keep up with work in each A level studied.
In addition to timetabled lessons, at Pitsford the Sixth Form have allocated ‘individual study periods’. This takes place in the Michael Robinson Memorial Library or in the Sixth Form Centre in Year 12 and in Year 13 each Sixth Form has an allocated Study Room which they can also use for their independent study.
The timetable for the Sixth Form is:
Each A Level is allocated 7 periods per week, arranged in five teaching blocks for time-tabling purposes (for minority subjects, this may vary).
The sixth teaching block of 5 periods will include:
Extended Project Core Skills Programme (2 periods per week)
Games (3 periods per week)
A Sixth Former studying 4 A Levels will normally have seven private study periods per week.
In the Upper Sixth most students will focus on 3 A levels. They will also be allocated their own Study Room (usually shared with one other student) which they can use as their base in school and a place they can focus their energies towards supporting their independent study. The ballot for the allocation of Study Rooms is made in the Summer Term of Year 12.