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Sixth form curriculum

We aim to support the development of the whole student; focusing on academic excellence as well as developing softer skills such as leadership, teamwork and creativity and preparing students for independent life after NE6.

Alongside their three subjects, all students are required to complete an “Active Citizenship” award and taking part in our Careers programme, our PSHE programme and our Life Skills programme.  A compulsory work experience week is also a requirement as is attendance at all Post-16 briefings, tutor registrations and tutor periods.

Careers programme

  • 1:1 careers interviews
  • Visits to University
  • Visiting speakers from Universities, Apprenticeships and Employers
  • CV building workshops
  • UCAS workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Careers fairs
  • NHS masterclasses
  • Enrolment in Durham Supported Progression, NU:Entry, Sutton Trust and other access schemes.

PSHE programme

  • Dealing with exam pressure, stress and anxiety
  • Mental wellbeing and mindfulness
  • How do I vote and what does it mean to live in a democracy?
  • Critical thinking and fake news
  • Monarchy debate
  • Online safety and social media
  • Healthy relationships
  • Addiction and prevention

Life Skills

  • Finance and budgeting
  • First aid, health & safety
  • Nutrition and cooking for yourself
  • Charity fundraising
  • Enterprise and business
  • Student executive

How we meet the 16-19 study programme requirements

All sixth form students at NE6 undertake three A- level or equivalent vocational qualifications. 

In addition, all students opt for an enrichment activity, undertake work experience and a range of other activities such as charity fundraising, trips and visits and additional qualifications.

Extra-curricular opportunities 

Sixth form is about more than just exams and at Ashington Academy we believe these years are an important time for developing wider skills to take into adult life. We therefore ensure students can access a range of opportunities to develop key ‘life skills’ across all curriculum areas and through overseas visits, sporting activities and competitive events.

Trips

Across our curriculum, students benefit from a range of residential and day trips including, outward bound visits to Ullswater theatre and cinema visits, visit to the Law Courts in Newcastle and the opportunity to watch various sporting events.

Our scientists in particular benefit from a broad range of field trips, which recently included a trip to the famous Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland. Our history and social science students have recently had the opportunity to visit London and the Palace of Westminster, Krakow and Auschwitz, and the Crown Courts. 

Duke of Edinburgh's Award 

We recognise the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and many sixth form students are working towards the different awards with the support of our staff and the wider community.

Performing arts 

Our sixth from musicians and performers are well catered for with a wide range of groups and music technology provision.

Actors perform to a very high standard in a variety of performances, including school productions which have recently included: GreaseWe Will Rock You and Bugsy Malone as well as the annual ‘Live Lounge’ music event.

Artists have an outstanding variety of opportunities; local drawing trips and visits to galleries feed into high-quality work that is celebrated at our annual art and performance faculty evening.