With a focus on high academic achievement and personal development, we aim to help our Sixth Formers become fully prepared for for further study or employment. We achieve this through our engaging and dynamic courses, but also through our stimulating enrichment programme and extensive extra-curricular opportunities.
Equipped for Life…
Faced with an ever-changing education and job landscape, we understand that it is crucial for our students to be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and attributes, so that they can grow and develop. Students leave our Sixth Form with a wide range of transferable skills, from resilience, independence, self-esteem, inquisitiveness, critical thinking and teamwork. We want to be instrumental in helping them to develop these skills so that they can compete successfully in all fields and take their place in the world as a responsible citizen.
With specialisms in the Performing and Visual Arts, Hillview Sixth form offers countless opportunities to get involved in all aspects of school life and to develop skills that go beyond the narrow confines of the syllabus: students star in, direct and produce plays; there are numerous dance, drama, fashion and art events throughout the year; they take on leadership roles, as well as participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a variety of community projects, both inside and outside school. They will also undertake at least one work experience placement whilst studying with us.
Careers Advice and Prospects
At Hillview, we pride ourselves on developing our students beyond their qualifications and equipping them for their future after the Sixth Form. We offer them a range of support and opportunities to improve their employability and career prospects. All Sixth Form students at Hillview undertake a
work experience placement, which helps them prepare for their future choices and develop the “soft skills” that employers value so greatly. In order to ensure that they choose the most appropriate pathway and seize the best opportunities available to them post-18, we also have a dedicated Careers Adviser on site who works closely with our Sixth Formers. As well as delivering a programme of general sessions, she is also available for one-to-one
meetings throughout the year to discuss students’ career possibilities and the best route to achieve their goals. Her work is complemented by that of our Careers Trust adviser, who is very experienced both in UCAS and apprenticeships applications. Our students can also make individual appointment with her to get the appropriate support to fulfil their ambitions.
At Hillview, Sixth Formers also benefit from the expertise, connections and advice of Pathway Careers Training & Mentoring, which is an organisation specialised in supporting young people to realise and fulfil their career potential. They offer skills days, work experience placements and routes into apprenticeship with sought-after employers. This partnership enables our students to acquire a thorough and sophisticated knowledge of the world of work, its requisites and practices.
Finally, we have an extensive alumni network run through Future First. This allows us to keep in touch with past students, who have now established careers in a wide range of fields and can share their experience with and offer exceptional opportunities to current Hillview students.
Excellent facilities creating an outstanding learning environment. We believe our students deserve the very best learning environment and Hillview Sixth Form has the facilities that make it a unique and exciting place to study.
From the state-of-the-art Fashion rooms to the light, open creative Art rooms, the facilities at Hillview allow students to thrive, develop their independent learning and creative skills.
The outstanding Drama studio, with the latest computerised lighting and sound, alongside a fantastic Dance studio, a fully equipped Music sound studio and a workshop for building sets means that students have facilities for all aspects of the performing arts that are unrivalled in the area.
The large Media Studies spaces with a suite of Apple Mac computers for editing videos alongside the excellent dark room and photographic facilities means that students taking these subjects have access to the best opportunities to be able to be creative and succeed.
The new Science building and the air-conditioned classrooms help create the modern, purposeful learning atmosphere in all subject areas that makes Hillview Sixth Form a unique learning environment.
As well as the excellent teaching spaces there is a purpose-built Sixth Form library and resource centre, as well as the recently refurbished Sixth Form café making the whole experience of being a Sixth Form student an exciting, enjoyable, rewarding experience during both study and recreation time.