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Sixth Form Tutorial Programme

Students at Stretford Grammar School have a weekly tutorial session.

The aim of these sessions is to promote effective study habits, provide advice to allow our students to make informed choices about their post 18 options, support them to make competitive applications to their chosen courses or apprenticeships, and to prepare them for the realities of life in a professional working environment. We encourage the leadership role of students within our community and the programme highlights the values we expect our sixth formers to uphold as role models within our school.

The information below outlines key features of our programme.

Term 1
The A Level Mindset

This term will prepare students for the transition to more academic and independent working practices and includes:

  • Year 12 induction day with work from the company Elevate, delivering an interactive session on the study habits of successful students to reinforce the message of effective working practices.
  • Making the Leap from GCSE to A Level
  • File organisation and time management
  • The value of extra and super curricular opportunities in enhancing university applications
The Transition to Year 13

Year 13 students start by preparing for the increased demands of Year 13 as they balance their studies around revision and university applications and interviews. We will cover:

  • The barriers to success and how to avoid procrastination in order to manage workload
  • How to plan time effectively with a view to managing their lessons and homework around revision for their exams.
  • Target setting after the Year 13 September mocks
Term 2
The Stretford Grammar Values

Students study tutorials based around our whole school values of ambition, achievement, trust, respect, equality, kindness and endeavour. They will learn about:

  • The attributes of effective leadership
  • How to apply to be on the Sixth Form Leadership team
  • The characteristics of effective public speaking
  • The Equality Act and what it means in a professional context
  • Respect in the workplace and what constitutes harassment, and how this might be dealt with by employers
Getting Exam Ready

Students will explore the factors that lead to poor examination performance:

  • Different recall and revision methods
  • The importance of retrieval practice to knowledge retention and the role technology can play in effective revision
  • Getting exam Ready folders
  • UCAS cycle firm and insurance offers – how to make a decision
Term 3
Future Options

We will start preparing students for life beyond Sixth Form:

  • Post 18 options. This will include apprenticeships, and university applications
  • Applying for work experience
  • Writing a CV
  • Russell Group universities
  • The application process for Oxbridge and the medical related fields.
  • Writing a personal statement
Post-Mock Exam Review

The bulk of this period will involve supporting students to ensure that they meet their required University offer grades:

  • Small group and oneto-one discussions with a dedicated support tutor to ensure a constructive plan for the remainder of Y13 is agreed.
  • UCAS cycle – financing university degrees and the impact when in employment


Term 4
Preparing for the mock exams

During this period, students will prepare for their end of Y12 examinations.

  • Evidence informed revision strategies
  • The importance of wellbeing
  • Stress management.
  • The importance of sleep
Preparing for the final exams
  • Target setting for the final exams
  • UCAS cycle – accepting offers
  • How to apply for Student Finance.
Term 5
Feedback and target setting

In the first two weeks of this term students will sit their Year 12 exams:

  • Reflection on exam performance,
  • Responding positively to feedback and set backs
  • Target setting to prepare students for the summer holidays
  • Making the most of the Summer holidays
  • Next steps they need to take to move their grades forward
Post 18 Toolkit

Students will prepare for life beyond school:

  • Managing finances
  • Cooking on a budget.
  • Life at University in the first term
  • Looking after your mental health beyond school.
  • Results Day what to do if you don’t get the grades they need.