Here at Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey Sixth Form, we pride ourselves in our position as one of the main providers of post-16 education on the Isle of Sheppey.
We are on a journey towards a Sixth Form of Excellence, with Post-16 provision being identified by Ofsted as an overriding strength to the Academy. With this, we have refined the ethos of our post-16 provision into three key pillars of success. These are ‘Independence’, ‘Vision’ and ‘Employability’ (please see further detail below).
These stem from and extend the core ‘9 habits’ that characterise the wider Oasis ethos as our students proceed through their internal journey of development:
Independence: ‘Nurturing an Autonomous Learner’
The transition from GCSE to A-level/Level 3 courses is substantial and requires students to enter into a ‘new way of working’.
At Oasis Academy Sixth Form, we aid pupils in this process via our Tutor Programme, investing into nationwide Post-16 programmes such as PiXL 6’s ‘LORIC’ scheme, developing their skills in ‘Leadership’, ‘Organisation’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Communication’.
Additionally, the ‘VESPA A-level Mindset’ programme focuses on ‘Vision’, ‘Effort’, ‘Systems’, ‘Practice’ and ‘Attitude’; all of which are pre-requisites to maximise academic success in Sixth Form and beyond.
Students have a range of Study Zones throughout the campus that provide learning environments to spend their Private Study periods working autonomously. We do not expect our Year 12 pupils to develop into Sixth Form students overnight and appreciate the period of transition, which is why we incorporate a range of support interventions into their induction period; providing study schedules to map their time and models for autonomous studying.
This extends from the wider principles of Oasis, of being self-controlled and humble, whereby pupils embrace this next step in their learning journey, that demands skilled self-regulation.
Vision: ‘Having a sense of purpose’
The work of our experienced Career’s Leader, Miss Kempt, combined with rigorous Tutor and General Studies programmes, means that from the beginning of Year 12, students begin mapping their post-16 pathway to life after Sixth Form, using platforms such as ‘UniFrog’ to build their portfolio. We believe that having an end-goal provides a Growth Mindset that is intrinsic to a self-motivated learner.
This again, bridges from the wider Oasis 9 Habits, whereby pupils are encouraged to be compassionate, hopeful and patient in their educational journey. This is fundamental in driving their motivation to succeed in Further Education.
Employability: ‘Beyond grades’
In a highly competitive job-market, we are placing substantial emphasis on the fundamental skills and qualities that will maximise employability for our students. We use renowned programmes such as ‘UniFrog’ and ‘PiXL 6’ within our Tutor Programme and General Studies lessons, to ensure that students are developing skills and qualities that will simultaneously improve their academic performance and character build, such as time-management, leadership skills, reflexive thinking and resilience.
Finally, as an extension from the 9 habits of Oasis, ‘Employability’ will engender the core values of well-rounded individuals who are honest, joyful, considerate and forgiving.
Student Leaders are expected to play a significant role in the running of the Academy, for example they lead our Open Evenings, Awards Evenings and host visitors. They develop a range of skills along the way including project management, public speaking, and facilitating and chairing meetings, and also build contacts with the wide range of people they are fortunate to meet.
Sport within the Sixth Form is competitive and fun. It is largely student led with opportunities for students to develop their own interests and set up sports clubs and societies. Staff encourage students to maintain an interest in sport and exercise in order to keep fit and healthy for life.
All Sixth Formers are expected to participate in some level of voluntary or community work either inside or outside of the Academy. Examples of this include a group of students who have led the Academy in becoming ‘Dementia Friendly’; working with local care homes and organising a programme of entertainment for our termly Dementia Cafes.
Many Sixth Formers participate in their own personal voluntary work for local organisations that are close to their heart and others organise regular fundraising initiatives.