In today’s competitive economic climate, skills that set you apart from the rest are so important in both the university selection process and the employment market. Brooksbank Sixth offers a significant number of leadership and volunteering opportunities to enable you to do just that. Our formal accredited qualifications include:
Community Sports Leaders Award (Level 2)
Offered to Year 12 students as part of the Wednesday afternoon enrichment – this course helps you to develop the skills and confidence required to lead small groups of young people in a range of sporting activities.
Higher Sports Leaders Award Level 3 (HSLA)
This is offered to students in Year 13 who have already achieved Level 2 and involves a real commitment from the student. There are significant benefits to the students as the nationally accredited course with an added First Aid qualification un- locks many doors to coaching opportunities. The HSLA is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (30 points).
Arts Award (Art, Drama & Music)
Gold Arts Award is the highest recognition of your abilities as a creative arts leader and practitioner. Working at this level will extend your creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills, and you will achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. The Gold Arts Award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (30 points). We also offer a range of non-accredited ‘in house’ Leadership & Volunteering opportunities for Sixth Form students. These include:
All subject departments are keen to involve Years 12 / 13 students as support in their lessons for younger students. This might involve supporting children with learning difficulties, stretching more able students, providing one to one reading support, or being a friendly face to answer questions in class.
This is open to all students and invites them to utilise one of their non-contact lessons to support the Key stage 3 PE programme. The students work alongside a member of staff and gain experience working with small groups, leading warm ups and sometimes leading a session.
This senior student leadership role has been very successful over the past few years. It goes beyond the role of subject mentor, as the Department Representative may also:
- take an active role in planning and leading in your own lessons,
- have an input in department meetings and reviewing policies and procedures.
- represent and feedback the views of other students
- manage and update the VLE
- assist at open evenings and help to promote a subject to Year 11’s
The student committee comprises Head Boy and Girl, Deputy Head Boy & Girl and several senior committee members. These senior student positions are decided at the end of the summer term of Year 12 following a thorough application and interview process. Together, the committee have a number of roles including planning key events such as charity fund raising and the Sixth Form Prom, acting as student ambassadors at important school events, staff interviews, Open Evenings and representing the opinions of the student body. If you are unhappy with a specific aspect of Sixth Form life or have a positive suggestion on how things could improve, speak to the Head Boy / Girl. They are very friendly and approachable!