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The Sixth Form Team

Kate hackett jun2018 Debbie smith sep2023  

Ms Kate Hackett
Head of Sixth Form

Ms Debbie Smith
Sixth Form Pastoral Leader


Ms Lucie Stephenson
Pastoral Assistant


Email the Sixth Form Team

Call the Sixth Form Team on 01865 755306

Sixth Form Mentoring

Dr Catherine Casson 

We have a small team of Sixth Form mentors who work with students to develop their study skills, including personal organisation, revision skills and note-taking. Students are recommended for a short program of weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions, with the aim of building students’ independent learning skills to ensure that progress is at or above expectations.

Sixth Form Super Tutors

Next Steps: Mr David Gimson  and Miss Victoria Berry

Learning to Learn:  Mr Robert Wiles

Leadership and Volunteering:  Ms Dhruvika Mehta

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Miss Victoria Berry

Contemporary Issues: Ms Phoebe Mortimer

Political Engagement and Debate: Mr Martin Daniels

If you wish to email anyone on the list above, our standard email format is

Students see their Super Tutor for an hour lesson once per week, and are delivered a varied and rich extended curriculum, devised by the Super Tutor team. Areas of focus are:

  • UCAS and Next Steps

  • Volunteering & Leadership

  • Study Skills

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Contemporary Issues

Pastoral Support

Ms Debbie Smith and Ms Lucie Stephenson

Our students are at the heart of what we do, and there is a range of support available to students should they need it. We are based in the Sixth Form Office and look after attendance (which is key to ensuring successful outcomes), and any day-to-day issues that the students are facing. We work hard to ensure that there are calm and productive study spaces available to them throughout the day. Our door is (almost) always open and our office is never empty for long! Our school nurse is also available to help students with any medical issues and we have a counselling service available to which we can refer students for in-school support. 

We also work closely with other external agencies, like CAMHS, the Mental Health Support Team and our local Community Support Officer, to ensure that students and their families are supported to ensure the best possible progress.

Sixth Form Attendance


  • Illness

  • Illness during the school day Report to the Sixth Form Office before you leave. They will inform your teachers and parents or guardians.

Students, please email before 8:30 each morning of your absence or phone 01865 755306. Copy your teachers and parents into the email.

A parent will need to confirm they are aware of this absence.



  • Medical appointments - collect and complete a planned absence form from the Sixth Form office at least 3 days in advance.

  • Other Planned activities (e.g. open days, summer schools, important family events or emergencies)
    Requests will be considered on a case by case basis using rates of attendance and recent reports to inform the decision.

Holidays during term time can not be approved.

In all cases of absence, make sure you contact your teachers at the earliest opportunity and check your google classrooms to catch up on work missed.

Sixth Form Planned Absence Form

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