What our Sixth Form Students Say
Sixth Form at Hunterhouse – What Our Students Say
The advantages of studying A-Levels at Hunterhouse:
Hunterhouse provides a wide range of subjects that other schools may not offer, you can study new subjects which are not available at GCSE such as Criminology. Your class teacher will be there to support and guide you through the new subject. Hunterhouse is a friendly environment. Staff and students are able to build relationships through more frequent class time and smaller class sizes. Being a relatively small school, we have around 200 students in Sixth Form. Sixth Form students are allowed to be more independent having study periods, brilliant Sixth Form recreation areas and lunch room and being allowed to go off campus for lunch.
Your class teachers are not only there to support you academically, but also to help you flourish as an individual and prepare you for life beyond school. The pastoral care team are always available to talk with you about any worries or concerns you are having both inside and outside school. Hunterhouse also provides a Student Hub where students can go and take time out when they are feeling overwhelmed and need time to reflect and prepare themselves for the remainder of the day. Hunterhouse also provides a counselling service. This is open to anyone who feels they may benefit from it. Teachers are always willing to help you with your work, whether you call into their room to ask a question or email them to ask for help. Teachers at Hunterhouse encourage everyone to reach their individual potential and ensure they help you along the way.
As Sixth Formers at Hunterhouse, we have a wide range of computers facilities, including laptops, desk tops, Chromebooks, ipads and Apple Mac computers, available to use and help us with our studies. ICT facilities are available both during class and outside class hours, with the Learning Resource Centre open all day, including at break and lunchtime.
Studying A Levels has given me a deeper understanding of my learning and has enabled me to demonstrate this understanding in classes and in assessments. However, if you are ever struggling with anything or have any questions, it is very easy to go and ask your teacher for help, at any time. The teachers are always willing to help you and give up their time in order for you to reach your full potential.
Sixth Form students have their own recreational area, so if you need somewhere to relax, talk or have lunch after an intensive study period there are great facilities available and it’s a really good place to socialise with many of your classmates. Sixth Former students can also leave school at lunchtime to go to the local shops to buy something nice to eat.
At Hunterhouse College there are many interesting subjects to choose from and you are able to find out what is involved before choosing your favourite. Studying a BTEC course along with A levels enables you to balance your workload and can take away the pressure of sitting exams, as you can focus on completing coursework assessments during the year.
Study periods are an invaluable part of being a Sixth Form student at Hunterhouse and something that you come to appreciate more and more throughout your time in school. The Sixth Form Study provides a dedicated quiet area where you can catch up on homework or use a computer if needed. It really makes your time at school more enjoyable and getting some extra work done during school gives you more time to focus on other activities at home.
How to achieve success in A-Levels at Hunterhouse:
To achieve success, you should ensure that you complete all homework on time and to the best of your ability. Use your time in study effectively, this is a great opportunity to get homework and revision completed. Choose subjects that you enjoy, as this way you will like going to class and completing the work and this will help you to achieve success in all your subjects.
Being organised and creating a timetable for your study time outside school will allow you to keep on top of your work and ensures all homework is completed. Ask your teachers for support when you need it, the teachers at Hunterhouse are always there to lend a helping hand and will never say no. Hunterhouse provides many opportunities to take part in after school extra-curricular activities including sport and drama, this allows you to have that work life balance that is essential to succeed in your A-Levels.
Making revision notes during study periods throughout Sixth Form means that you won’t feel as overwhelmed when exam season comes around, as there is a big step up in the amount of content from GCSE to A-level. I would also recommend doing as many past paper questions as you can to prepare for exams as this really helps get in the exam mind set and shows where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
I have always found that studying with friends is a useful way to share understanding with your peers, teaching and learning from one another can help everyone involved and figure out any uncertainties. This is also important as it helps to develop a good work ethic in a group environment which is crucial to creating a support system among friends to encourage success and help in facing the challenges of A Levels.
Organisation and time management are the keys to stay on top of deadlines and find the balance between A Level academic work and life outside school. Make lists of all of the tasks you need to achieve each day and to work through the list, ticking off each item, when completed. That means you will find it easier to meet deadlines, stay focused and are able to manage your time wisely.
Academic success is important, but in order to reach your highest potential it’s important to prioritise your mental health. Studying A Levels are a big step up from GCSEs and for some students this comes increased stress and pressure. At Hunterhouse College there is a wide range of support available to help you throughout your studies and achieve your academic goals.