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Stanground Academy

Sixth Form Life

We encourage all Sixth Formers to play an active role within the academy community. 
They are involved in decisions, support younger students in lessons at Stanground Academy as well as engaging in debates and competitions.

ASPIRE sessions

It is a requirement that every student in Year 12 spends at least 1 hour per week volunteering their services in the academy. We very much encourage students in Year 13 to continuing volunteering their time. However, their services are not as structured due to the demands of university applications and exam preparation. 

Some of the activities the students volunteer to be part of are:

  • Paired reading.
  • Supporting in lower school lessons.
  • Canteen, library or corridor duties.
  • Supporting lower school tutor groups during tutor time.
  • Mentoring.


At Stanground Academy, we feel that extracurricular activities can empower Sixth Form students to make their own decisions and help them gain vital experience and skills to assist them in their futures.

There are usually over 2 million UCAS applications made every year. We believe it is vital that students' personal statements for university and cover letter for other apprenticeship or employment applications are enhanced by active participation in their community and in extracurricular activities.

Student Academy Council (SAC)

The Student Leadership Council is run by our Head Students (both Year 13 students).  Members of the SAC play an active role in the whole school academy council, through chairing meetings, writing up minutes as well as reporting to the Senior Leadership Team. 

Our Deputy Head Students are each assigned to a year group. This ensures that class representatives have a key contact to speak with. 

The SAC also look at fundraising for the academy's chosen charities as well as for end-of year events for their own-year groups.


We have now launched our independent study programme called ‘StudyPLUS’. 

Subject teachers place work on teams, or as handouts in their independent learning folders, which students will be expected to complete as part of their independent learning time.

Students review their timetable every Monday, alongside their tutor, in order to have a weekly thought about how best to allocate and timetable their independent learning time to achieve.

Because of this tutor time is more important than ever, not just for information sharing, but so tutor teachers can assist with StudyPLUS timetables alongside personal statements and applications for further career paths.