Whilst, as the Director of Sixth Form, I am probably biased the students agree that the freedom at MCA6 was a factor in their decision to study with us.

Freya, a Year 13 student, said “I chose MCA6 because of the independence it gave me” whilst Sam, another Year 13 student, highlighted the academic nature of a post-16 only site saying “MCA6 is a quiet environment where you can work”.

I joined MCA6 in September 2016, having taught in Bedfordshire for the last eleven years. As an advocate for personalised post 16 education, I was drawn to MCA6 because of the wide range of subjects on offer to the students. Whilst many students study a combination of the traditional A level options, others combine A levels with vocational options and a few opt for a purely vocational pathway studying courses such as BTEC level 3 Sport Science, BTEC level 3 Art and Design, BTEC level 3 ICT, OCR Business Studies, and OCR Health and Social Care. Those students who choose to combine courses can select from an extensive list which includes subjects such as Criminology, Food Science, Mathematics, Media Studies, History, English Literature and Computer Science, to name just a few.

Our students love the learning environment yet their results are equally important to them. Zac, a Year 13 student, told me that it was the “Very good results by previous students and a ‘good’ Ofsted report” that encouraged him to join MCA6 from his previous school. And our results are extremely impressive; some of the highlights from this summer include all of the BTEC Extended Diploma Art, Health & Social Care and Sport Studies students achieving either Distinction or Distinction * and we boast a 99% pass rate in all A level subjects.

The Sixth Form years are important stepping stones from childhood to adulthood; consequently as a school community we offer a rounded experience that supports students in this transition. Last year we visited Strasbourg to enable students to see first-hand the work of the EU, hosted guest speakers from the University of Suffolk, the British Army, and the University of Gloucestershire and a one day Shakespeare Conference! So something of interest to everyone. In addition, we encourage our students to take advantage of leadership opportunities which include mentoring younger students and fundraising for their own Midsummer Ball and other national and local charities. Our students thrive through these opportunities which enable them to grow into young adults who are ready for the world.

Mrs K Sanders-Pope

Director of Sixth Form, Assistant Principal

For more information please contact katie.sanders-pope@mca.attrust.org.uk

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