I have the same expectations for our students as I have for myself: to work to personal strengths, develop those areas that need working on and at all times have high expectations, to reflect and to work towards achieving success. What makes a good Head of Sixth Form? This is a question which is as important as asking what makes a good Sixth Former. Having worked in the Sixth Form for the past decade, it is a question that I ask myself regularly. It sounds clichéd to say that I have tried to build a community which works together to take our students to the next phase of their futures, but I feel we are more than a community; we are a family who looks after one another. There will be trials and tribulations as with all families, but we make sure that our students are looked after personally and academically to be the absolute best they can be. Our students leave this sixth form as young people who are able to meet head on, the worlds of higher education and work, and they know that I have been here for them throughout this time with us.
Sarah Ledwidge, Head of Sixth Form
Kings Norton Sixth Form has a vibrant sense of community, and as a previous student I enjoyed every moment of my time here – so much so that I applied for the role of Sixth Form Administrator after completing my degree at University!
My role within the Sixth Form varies greatly; from admissions, to attendance, to organising events for the students. Everything that we do is designed to offer students opportunities to broaden their horizons, while also supporting them to achieve what we know they are capable of. I am often the first person students come into contact with when they enter Sixth Form, or if they have queries. I therefore pride myself in being approachable, offering support and guidance to students in order to make the transition from GCSE to A Level all the more enjoyable. As a former student in the ‘not-so-distant’ past I can remember how challenging A Levels were, but also how gratifying it was when I achieved them, so I work hard to make sure the Sixth Formers feel as supported and motivated as I did during my studies and KNSF!
Zoe Nelmes, Sixth Form Administrator
I am delighted to have joined the wonderful team here at Kings Norton Girls’ School and Sixth Form, having previously been a Head of Sixth Form in another Birmingham school. At a time when school sixth forms across the city and country are closing, Kings Norton Girls’ is bucking the trend and going from strength to strength. We are celebrating some very good A Level results, which are set to improve even further, and are getting ready to move into a brand new, purpose-built Sixth From Centre by September 2019. This growth, and the opportunity to join Kings Norton Sixth Form, is very important for students considering their post-16 options. School sixth forms, and Kings Norton Sixth Form in particular, offer something unique in exceptional pastoral support alongside outstanding teaching from teachers who invest themselves in the success of each individual. The A Level years are perhaps the hardest of all and so this support is invaluable in ensuring students leave with the best exam results possible. The brilliant Sixth Form team at Kings Norton Girls’ ensure students make the transition into responsible, kind, courageous adults who are equipped to flourish and lead in a rapidly changing world.
Tom Charlett, Assistant Headteacher – Sixth Form