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Specialised Support

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A strong system of support and guidance

Students receive outstanding pastoral and educational advice at Gosforth Academy. You will join a tutor group and your personal tutor will take a special interest in your progress and welfare. Your tutor will be a specialist in Post-16 issues, and will help you to manage the transition to a whole new way of learning. 

Your tutor will provide you with the guidance you will need to decide on your future career, both in taught group tutorial sessions and in regular one-to-one interviews. They will also write references for you either for employment or for your university application.

A caring approach to your progress

We use regular assessments and target setting effectively to help you keep track of your progress, and help departments to identify interventions to improve your performance. The first of these will be used to ensure that the courses you have chosen are suitable for you to succeed and progress at the end of Year 13. These reviews are done through assessment of your work and conferences with you and your parents. We will set you target minimum grades early in each of your courses. These are based on your GCSE results and will be the minimum grades you should aim to achieve. We hope that you will try your best and do much better. We will always offer you support if you encounter problems at any time throughout the course. Personal tutors are not teaching staff, but are instead specialists in guidance and progression. This means they are readily available should you have any problems.

Professional careers advice

We work with universities and employers to help you decide on your next step after Gosforth Academy. Our Progression Manager provides information, advice and guidance on applying for one of the growing number of Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships as well as full time employment. This is a popular service used by many students and appointments are also available for parents at conferences. 

Support for University Admissions

We aim to widen participation in Higher Education, raising students’ aspirations, and promoting all the opportunities available to you. We also continue specialist provision for the most able students into Post-16 education. Examples of the opportunities we organise include: 

  • Expert one-to-one guidance on issues regarding progression to Higher Education and alternative career paths.
  • Summer school places at universities throughout the country, though mainly here in the region.
  • Masterclasses in many subjects, taught by experts at local universities.
  • Support for potential applicants to Oxbridge and to competitive courses such as Medicine, Engineering and Law including interview practice.
  • A Higher Education evening, and trips to conventions and open days.
  • Visiting speakers for assemblies. 
  • Student shadowing placements at local universities.

Your own Common Room

This is a place in which to relax and is a lively social base for all Sixth Form students. Lockers are available if you want one, and there is an additional study support room, supervised by teaching staff, for students identified as needing extra help with the transition to the more independent approach to learning that Sixth Form demands. The newly installed IAG area also allows independent progression research to be completed.

Your own Student Union

This is made up of selected representatives and interested students. They meet regularly with the Director of Sixth Form to plan improvements for Sixth Form student life in school. Recently their work has included charity events, developing recycling facilities for the whole school, running a Sixth Form Instagram account, improving support for new Year 12 students and working with the school to improve facilities. The committee is there to represent your interests and is fully involved in the celebrations at the end of your courses, organising the Sixth Form prom and hoodies. 

Students feel that their views are treated with respect and frequently acted upon. Find out more from our Head Boy and Head Girl on page 12.

A dedicated Sixth Form Library

Becoming an independent learner is essential in Sixth Form, and we will offer you the facilities to enable you to do this. The Learning Resource Centre is the focal point for independent study and offers everything you need to prepare for your assessments throughout your time with us and prepare you for future study. You will find subject textbooks and resources, journals, newspapers, foreign language DVDs and over 50 computers with printing and photocopying facilities.  The range of LRC Study Guides accessed through the VLE – FROG – will guide you through essential study skills for university including referencing and citation.

Silent Study

All Post 16 students are expected to arrive at school at 8.45am for registration. If they are free they should be working silently in the Common Room or one of the Libraries from 8.55am to 10.35am. This is part of our ‘start the day right’ ethos.


All Sixth Form students are given free off-peak membership of our state-of-the-art Fitness Suite. Off peak times are Monday to Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm. Sixth form students can have unlimited access to the Fitness Suite for only £10 per month however this membership will not be valid during study/lesson time.