Decisions about your Post 16 future will certainly help define and shape your future, and we are 100% confident that we can offer an experience that is memorable, challenges you and sets you on a long term path of success.
HOW WE MEET THE 16-19 STUDY PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
Sixth form students at Hermitage undertake three A- level or equivalent vocational qualifications. They are given the opportunity to start in year 12 on four courses, as well as an EPQ option, to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum offer before specialisation on three level three courses. Students who do not have grade 4 or above at GCSE in mathematics and either English Language or Literature, will also continue their studies at GCSE level.
- 1:1 aspirations and careers interviews
- Visits to Universities
- Visiting speakers from Universities, Apprenticeships and Employers
- CV building workshops
- UCAS workshops
- Apprenticeship workshops
- Interview preparation
- Be Competitive Days
- Cambridge University Access and Application Support Programme
- Strong links with local universities who provide workshops and 1:1 mentoring support for our students
- Enrolment in Durham Supported Progression, NU: Entry, Sutton Trust and other access schemes.
Independent study skills and A level mindset programme
Road Safety and young drivers education
Mental wellbeing and mindfulness
Sex and relationships education
Online safety and social media
Critical thinking and fake news
British Values and Democracy
Addiction and prevention
Life beyond post 16: living alone; finance and budgeting; nutrition
Dealing with exam pressure, stress and anxiety
Life skills programme
Beginners Sign Language Course
Emergency First Aid Qualification
Mock Trial Society
Sports Leaders Course
EXTRA CURRICULAR AND ENRICHMENT
At Hermitage Sixth Form we believe it is our duty to develop our students’ character as well as their intellect. We offer a range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities to develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence – all designed to support individual’s progression and next steps.
Life Skills Programme
We timetable students one hour of life skills every Tuesday morning which gives them the opportunity to gain other qualifications such as: sign language, first aid and other leadership qualifications. This helps our students to gain more life experiences as well as helping to work towards a sense of well-being. Additionally, they can join societies such as debating, criminology or mock trial to further develop cultural awareness and knowledge of current affairs.
Work Experience Placement
We provide a week within the academic calendar for students to complete a tailored work experience placement to give them the opportunity to develop their career and future choices, and to apply their skills in real-life working conditions/situations.
Institute of Sport
The Hermitage Institute of Sport is exclusive to Hermitage students who study A-Level or BTEC Sport. Students will work in partnership with Durham University and receive sporting seminars in some of the following: sport psychology; sport science, sports coaching. They will have access to elite mentoring, guest speakers from professionals within sport and they will also receive some financial support to help them excel in their chosen area of sport.
Extended Project Qualification
Another important aspect of our enrichment programme is preparing students for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is extremely valued by universities. The EPQ encourages students to pursue an independent academic interest, develop their research and presentation skills and produce a product that is authentic to the topic studied.
Student Leadership Programme
Student leadership is a strong element of the sixth form experience at Hermitage Academy. In Year 12, a small but significant team of students are elected to develop leadership skills through representing the student body. They are an important part of the whole school council and student voice in the sixth form.
Across our curriculum, students benefit from a range of residential and day trips including, theatre and cinema visits, visit to the Law Courts in Newcastle and the opportunity to listen to inspirational and motivating speakers.
We are renowned for our educational trip to New York City each year which is the highlight of the year 12 calendar for many students.