Welcome to the Tabor Academy Sixth Form

The Tabor Academy Sixth Form is a new and exciting venture that opened in September 2016. This will increase the choices available to our Year 11 students at the end of their secondary years at Tabor Academy. We also welcome applications from students who have not attended Tabor Academy during Years 7 to 11. We will offer an academically challenging yet supportive experience for students wishing to continue their education through A level subjects and a range of BTEC options. For those not yet ready to embrace the challenge of Level 3 qualifications (A level or equivalent), we plan to offer a BTEC Level 2 course in Business Studies. We will offer students excellent teaching, high quality facilities and the opportunity to grow as a person and prepare for University, an apprenticeship or the world beyond school.

The provision of Sixth Form teaching within the school environment allows you to develop in an environment that offers the support of your secondary years with teachers who know how best you learn while nurturing vital skills of independence and time management.

The two or three years you spend in the Sixth Form will give you the knowledge, skills and experience to move you closer to your dream. Our aim is to give you the challenge and support to make this happen. A comprehensive induction programme will be provided so that you quickly settle into our Sixth Form. This is important if you are new to Tabor but still vital if you are continuing from Year 11. There are high expectations of you in Year 12 and it is vital that you fully understand the ingredients for success in post-16 courses from day one.

The Best Possible Learning

We pride ourselves on being a place of learning– if you join us we will do our best to ensure that you go on to fulfil your potential and prepare yourself for your next stage of life, be it at university or in employment. All we ask in return is that you demonstrate commitment to your education and that you contribute to the community of Tabor.

We are committed to high quality education and plan to offer a wide range of suitable spaces for you to study independently. These will include your own dedicated study room. These spaces will be complemented by dedicated ICT facilities for Sixth Form students.

We aim to create a culture in which students want to succeed and high achievement and excellence are positively viewed by every member of the Sixth Form.

There are plenty of opportunities to enrich your experience at Tabor; these will vary from the fitness sessions to work experience supporting younger pupils in their learning. If you find a gap in what we offer then work with us to make sure it’s filled!

As a Tabor student, you will be used to regular monitoring of your academic progress through tracking cards, SIMs monitoring of where you’re doing well or need support and parents’ evenings. We will continue to regularly monitor the academic progress of our Sixth Form students. Parents and teachers work closely together to ensure that you will achieve your full potential. You may be chosen to be a Sixth Form prefect who will act as a positive role model for younger students in the school. We regard our Sixth Formers as key members of the school and are keen for you to be involved in wider aspects of school life. Sixth Form students contribute significantly to many voluntary activities including music, sport and drama.

Life after Tabor

We will provide a high level of guidance and support for you as you prepare for life after Tabor, whether this is embarking on a career or going on to higher education. We expect a large proportion of our Year 13 students to progress to the university of their choice. Our students will go on to study in universities all over the country-or even further afield. You will benefit from the Loxford Trust’s links with many universities and support organisations. Two examples are HEAPS and SMF who support students from less advantaged backgrounds in gaining places at the top universities. They have a proven track record of helping students gain places on top university access schemes such as K+ at Kings College. Many students have taken part in industry based access schemes based in the City of London, for example, the PWC Classroom based in Price Waterhouse Coopers. If university is not for you, then we will support you as you take the first steps in your career. At Tabor we will provide students with the skills, knowledge, understanding and flexibility to make informed decisions and cope confidently with the changes that will occur in the world around them during their adult life.

We are certain that the Tabor Sixth Form will provide an exciting environment in which you can flourish. 

If you have any queries about post- sixteen opportunities at the school then please do not hesitate to contact us. You might wish to read the Frequently Asked Questions webpage where you will find the most common questions we are asked. 

How to Apply

If you are in Tabor at present please apply by completing the application form for internal candidates given to you by your Tutor. The interview process will be explained in school.

If you are not in our school at present please apply by downloading and completing the application form for external candidates. You must then either –

Email it to: sixthform@taboracademy.co.uk

or post it to:

Sixth Form Applications
Tabor Academy
Panfield Lane
Braintree
Essex
CM7 5XP

A reference will be requested from your current school.

Your application will be read and then you will be contacted by email, telephone or by post. This process is detailed below.

Admissions and Key Dates

Making an application to the Sixth Form at Tabor is the first and best step on your journey beyond Year 11.

The key dates for the 2017 admissions process are below. 

December 2016 – Applications open
You will receive an application form via your form tutor. The application form can also be downloaded from the school website. Make sure you read the subject descriptions and the school prospectus available on the school website. Ask staff for advice as necessary. Look out for drop-in sessions and make sure you attend the Information Evening.

January 10th 2017 – Tabor Sixth Form Open Evening
Our open evening takes place between 4.00-7.00pm. This will be an opportunity for students to discuss the requirements of each subject and meet the sixth form team

February 27th 2017 –Application deadline
This is the deadline for applicants. Please ensure your application has been submitted to the school office by the end of this day.

External applications
We will read your application and if we think you are a suitable candidate for a place we will ask your current school to confirm your expected grades.

March/April
During this time discussions will take place with students about their application. Each student will have an interview with one of the Senior Team to look at their subject choices and combinations. Your reports and tracking data or external reference will be looked at to see if you are likely to achieve the grades needed for the subject(s) you have chosen.

April/July 
You will receive a letter confirming that you have a place subject to you gaining the necessary grades for your chosen course. It is vital that you are working hard so that you achieve the grades you have been predicted.

August
You will collect your GCSE results at school and will have a personal interview to review your results and confirm your place in the Tabor Sixth Form. This will be on the same day or the day after you receive your results. Please be prepared to attend Tabor on one of these days.

September
You will start with an induction day which will give you the opportunity to get to know your new tutor group and to start gaining the skills you will need to be successful.

We know you will want to apply!

Application forms are also available in the ‘How to apply section’. Please email your application to sixthform@taboracademy.co.uk. You can also hand your application into the school reception or put it in the post.

Further Information

Are you wondering which A level subjects to pick?

An interesting article was published in The Guardian on Tuesday 22 January 2013. Louise Tickle consulted some experts for advice. To read this informative piece then click here – For more information please read further on our webpage choosing-your-subjects