Preparation for Life

Role of Sixth Form Tutors

Sixth Form students see their Tutors every day at afternoon registration and tutor periods, in conjunction with the Head of Sixth Form and Housemasters/mistresses. The Tutors are responsible for fostering each tutee’s academic, intellectual and personal development.

Tutors advise at key stages on choosing higher education courses and careers, alongside the Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Careers. During the Lower Sixth, this involves the use of the psychometric profile test ‘Centigrade’ in initiating course options; a Pangbourne Careers Fair in March; attending presentations from visiting university professors; and university Open Day visits. Examples of the support provided by tutors to students in the Upper Sixth include supervising the appropriate completion of UCAS forms; compiling UCAS references with input from other teachers; tracking the application process to completion; and preparing students for interview when necessary.

In addition to the closely supportive nature of the Sixth Form environment at Pangbourne, the tutors are also regularly in contact with the Sixth Formers’ parents. This can be through phone calls or face-to-face at the many formal events held at the College and when parents are on the campus.

The Careers Education and PSHCE programmes at Pangbourne aim to equip students with the skills they need to make the successful transition from Form 5 to the Sixth Form.

Students are encouraged to carry out their own research using the resources available to them but also under the guidance of one of the Head of Careers, tutors, the Head of PSHCE, the Head of Sixth Form and Housemasters/mistresses. There is a programme called 'Kudos Inspire' to help in this process.

Students complete a personality profile linked to brain-mapping in the first term. This is followed up by an individual guidance interview with a specialist careers adviser. The profiles are used as a basis for important student-tutor discussions in relation to individual study and career options.

Whilst Pangbournians are encouraged to stay on into the Sixth Form, alternative routes can be discussed for those in Form 5 who would benefit from a more vocational and less academic regime.

Mr Koen De Mulder
Head of Careers