Student Support at OPA6
We welcome applications from students who have received support for SEND during years 7-11 or who are in receipt of a EHCP. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss how best we might support your individual needs and help you take those next steps.
We pride ourselves in the way both the academic and social development of our students is supported. On entry to OPA6, each student is assigned a Tutor who plays a significant role in both pastoral welfare and academic support. Their work is supported by a wider team of Sixth Form staff.
‘Leaders ensure that sixth form students are safe and well cared for. They receive very good information about how to stay safe and healthy; staff know each individual student very well and relationships are positive’. Ofsted 2015
Our extensive monitoring programme allows us to regularly assess student progress to identify where students need extra support, and where students are achieving their target, set new goals and challenges to improve their overall results at the end of their study.
From September 2015 all young people have been required to remain in education, training or employment with a training package until they are 18. For students that did not secure equivalent to a GCSE grade C equivalent in either English or Maths at the end of Yr11, it is a government requirement to continue studying these until a grade C equivalent or higher is secured. For students achieving an E grade equivalent or lower at GCSE there may be the option to work towards GCSE accreditation with stepping-stone qualifications such as Functional Skills or Entry Level Certificates.
At OPA6 there are no tuition fees to pay for your study. Some courses may require specific clothing, textbooks, offer trips or require access to magazine subscriptions. You will be made aware of these at the start of your course and can pay in instalments if necessary.
Further Education Free Meals
Any student that received free school meals at any point in their study in secondary school will be eligible for free meals at OPA6. Please complete the relevant section of the application form.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to help with education-related costs. It can be used to pay for things like clothing, books and other equipment for your course, transport and lunch on days you study. There are two types of bursary fund – the Vulnerable Student Bursary and the Discretionary Bursary.
For further information or if you think you are eligible to access the Bursary Fund, please contact OPA6 staff by emailing [email protected] or calling 01708 865 180. All enquires related to Bursary applications are treated in the strictest of confidence.
At OPA6 we have facilities for students to securely store bikes or park their cars. Students wishing to use their own motorbike or car to travel to school should gain permission from the Director of OPA6 and provide registration details to Reception staff. There is an explicit expectation that students will drive safely and slowly on site, taking into consideration the safety of others. Failure to do so will result in the privilege being revoked and may, depending on circumstances, result in disciplinary action.
NHS School Nursing Team
OPA6 is neatly located within an area that is also the base for our on-site NHS Health Team. You can make an appointment directly with the Health Team or by seeing Mrs Dibble. All meetings will be completely private and confidential. Even if you do not wish to see a member of the Health Team, they can be useful in directing you to other external service providers.
During your time at OPA6 you may experience problems at home or at college that can affect your work or impact on your physical or mental well-being.
All members of the OPA6 team are able to coach students through any concerns and problems that you may have. Should specific guidance be needed, we can make arrangements for you to see a specialist counsellor via our NHS Health Team.
Specific examples of concerns might be losing sleep over a problem; feeling lonely, depressed, anxious or exhausted. You might find yourself struggling to cope with the increased demands of 6thform work, or balancing studying with trying to earn some money. Sometimes, relationships or concerns at home can become overwhelming.
At some point in everyone’s lives, problems occur that can be supported and worked through to help find solutions. Although the OPA6 staff are always happy to help discuss problems, sometimes it might be easier to talk with a trained counsellor who is not directly involved with the situation.
However, sometimes the first step to working through a concern or problem is to reflect on what is worrying you. The Counselling Directory is a great website which allows you to explore what could be worrying you and search for professional counsellors outside of the Academy network. If you feel this could interest you, please visit http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/