When students join the Skinners’ Academy Sixth Form, they are put into a tutor group.

Not only are students registered in these groups daily, but tutor groups are the first port of call for any support a student may need during their two years on an A Level or Vocational programme at the Academy.

Tutor groups meet four times a week, one of which is the weekly PSHE session. (The other day of the week, all sixth formers get together for their weekly assembly).

At the beginning of the academic year, a key role of the tutorial groups is to make sure students settle in happily and quickly feel comfortable here at Skinners’ Academy however beyond that there is an excellent programme of activities and initiatives designed to help pupils grow in confidence, make the most of the sixth form, prepare for university and other opportunities and ultimately be the best they can.

The programme includes:

  • Target setting
  • Time management
  • Sixth Form study skills
  • Independent study
  • British Values
  • Debating
  • Student Voice / Sixth Form Council feedback
  • Managing money
  • Enterprise initiatives
  • Themes such as anti-bullying and mental health awareness
  • Citizenship and personal responsibility
  • … and much more

Progression is also a key aspect of the tutorial groups, with UCAS and apprenticeship applications as well as careers education, information, advice and guidance (including building CVs, interview preparation, personal branding and online presence and more) in the programme.