The Barry Sixth Form is the combination of two successful schools in the Barry area: Barry Comprehensive School and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School. The two schools have worked closely together since 1993 to provide a co-educational Sixth Form that offers the widest possible choice of courses to its students.
A very wide range of academic and vocational courses is offered and the Welsh Baccalaureate is available on both sites.
The contact between the schools encourages combined activities, social as well as academic. Musical presentations and drama productions, for example, are a source of great enjoyment and benefit to the Sixth Form and to the schools as a whole.
Each student has a personal tutor and is monitored closely throughout his or her time in the Sixth Form. This contributes enormously to student success.
The requirement for entry to Sixth Form courses is five grade C GCSE passes or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to waive these requirements for an individual student
6th Form Transition
The Barry 6th Form welcomes students from around the globe. International students for 2009 joined us from the Czech Republic, Columbia, Finland, Germany. Hungary, Malaysia, Norway, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela,
At the end of Year 11 you make a voluntary decision to return to school to further your education. The Barry Sixth Form, in considering your academic needs, makes a decision to accept you or not. Being accepted is a two way process and you will be required to approach this new stage in your career with a sense of responsibility and commitment. All Year 12 students will be asked to accept our basic rules.
You will have more freedom in the Sixth Form to devise your own study programme. You will be offered the opportunity to follow new one-year courses to supplement your studies and you are expected to work independently in reading around your subjects. This is not an optional extra but a basic requirement that will enhance your performance.
To encourage the development and maturity of pupils in the Sixth From and to enable you to achieve the maximum benefit from your Sixth Form careers, certain targets, apart from academic ones, will be set. These targets will include:
- Helping with School duties (for example, being involved in school functions, acting as prefects)
- Helping others (for example, being involved in charity work and helping in the Reading scheme in the Learning Support Department).
- Taking part in extra-curricular activities
(for example, School Council, sports or musical activities)
- Participating in work experience
Activities relating to these targets will be recorded on University and job application forms.
In social terms, you will be given the opportunity to relax with your friends in the common rooms. You must, however, be disciplined about your use of this time as misuse of it can easily become addictive, with little work being attempted outside lessons. It is useful to remember that the more you do in school the less of a burden your homework will become.
It is important to recognise that you are required to attend school regularly and remain in school from 8.40am until 3.15pm.
The Sixth Form has its own Council with elected representatives. The Council acts as a forum for all matters concerned with the welfare of the Sixth Form and it also arranges social functions.
Careers Education and Guidance
Careers Education and Guidance is an integral part of preparation of students for opportunities, responsibilities and achievement in life.
Careers Education will be delivered within the Citizenship Programme which is designed to encourage students to:-
- develop decision-making skills;
- be aware of opportunities available in education, training and careers;
- manage the transition to new roles and situations;
- develop skills which will enable them to adjust to and cope with new situations;
- develop self awareness – assess personal qualities, attitude, values and potential – to promote a high degree of self esteem and achievement.
All students will have access to information about higher education, vocational and training opportunities, and the world of work. Materials include Internet resources, computer software, audio-visual and printed materials. Contact with people who have expertise in various areas will also be available.
Students will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to their particular course.
The Careers Adviser and Careers co-ordinator will be available to give individual guidance to students.