Welcome to Tabor Academy’s Sixth Form


Being a sixth form student is an exciting period of your life.  The journey will be exhilarating and challenging.  You will be expected to work independently and keep to deadlines as well as enhance your employability and likelihood of being accepted into a university.  Year 12 and 13 are two of the most demanding years of education you will ever experience, but they lead to much greater opportunities and prospects.  You will need to develop excellent organisational skills and resilience.  The sixth form team are here to help guide you on your path and support you in making choices for your future.

We have high expectations of attendance and punctuality.  You are expected to maintain attendance of at least 95% and, as role models to the younger year groups in the academy, match exceptional attendance with punctuality.  We will do all we can to support you in your success.  The same can be said of your standard of dress and work ethic.  Deadlines are there for a reason and we will monitor your ability to meet these deadlines.

You need to know your grades and be in constant discussion with your teacher to know how to make the necessary improvements.  Unlike at GCSE, there is a much greater emphasis on independent study in non-timetabled study sessions and self-motivation in sixth form.  We will support you in this through the enrichment programme and our ‘A level mindset’ sessions.  These are essential life-skills that will better prepare you for both university and the world of work.


Tabor Academy has a strict dress code which all members of the sixth form must follow.

Sixth formers are role models for the rest of the school and need to be smartly presented at all times.  You are expected to wear ‘Smart Business Dress’.  For male students, this means a shirt, tie, with trousers a blazer and smart shoes.  For female students, this means a shirt or blouse, a blazer, a skirt to the knee, or trousers and smart shoes.  Leggings, jeggings, jeans or tight trousers are not permitted.

It is not acceptable to wear hoodies, trainers, low cut tops, off the shoulder tops, T-shirts or very short skirts or dresses for girls.  If you are unable to meet the dress code due to an extenuating circumstance, a note must be written in your planner by a parent/carer.  We are proud of the individual nature of our students and the way they present themselves within the code.

All students must at all times wear their student Tabor lanyard/ID.


Parents will receive formal “tracking” information at three key points in the year.  This will assess how well students are doing, including the BTEC or A level grades that they are currently on.  Parents and students should use this information to help them plan their work and revision, by comparing the present grades to their target grades and the grades they need for their university choices.  Some parents will be invited in for meetings with the form tutor or the Achievement Team Leader of 6th form about the tracking, with students placed on mentoring programme.  These interventions are intended to help students to achieve their target grades.  Any parent who would like to discuss the tracking information, or indeed discuss their son or daughter’s progress at any time, should feel welcome to contact their form tutor or Ms Brown.


As a school, we have two very clear priorities for Year 13:

  • All students should aim to maximise their achievement. Whatever grades they received or how many units they completed in Year 12, we expect all students to work towards the next grade up.  If you are on a C, try to get a B by the end of the year.  If you are on a Merit at BTEC, try and get a Distinction.  Aim high.
  • All students should complete an application to university during the autumn term. If a student is unsure about whether they want to go to university, they should still write the application, then you cannot change your mind if you decide you want to go!  The school has a team of staff who will support students in this UCAS process.

Students and parents are reminded that universities and employers often ask for references throughout Year 13 – including on results day in August – which will include questions about attendance and punctuality.  The school can only say attendance is “outstanding” if it is over 95%.  Poor attendance and punctuality in Year 13 can seriously affect your future plans.

Year 12 and 13 will be challenging, but it will prepare you for life in wider society.  Rest assured that you will be supported and encouraged to be the best that you can be in all subject areas.

Ms K Brown

Head of KS5

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: mail@taboracademy.co.uk

or post it to:

Sixth Form Applications
Tabor Academy
Panfield Lane


Studying at Uni with a Disability

SEND Yourself to University is an online event for students with a declared disability wanting to find out more about studying at university. Students will learn about higher education provision in Essex, routes to higher education, the financial support available and support specific to their disability at university. Students will also hear about student life at university and where to find out more information.

Make Happen is teaming up with our partner universities in Essex, giving students the opportunity to talk to current university students and disability support teams.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about support available at university for students with a declared disability and it’s free.

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020

Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Where: Zoom online session

Sign up link: https://www.makehappen.org/event/studentswithadeclaredisability-university/

We look forward to seeing you there.

At Tabor Sixth form we celebrated another successful year 13 results. We are so proud of our year 13s and all they have achieved under truly testing circumstances.  There was so much to celebrate with so many of our year 13 students achieving outstanding results. Freddie Martin achieved A* A* A* in Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Freddie is off to study chemical Engineering at Loughborough university and told us “I really benefited from having small classes at Tabor Sixth Form and I believe this helped me achieve the results I did. I am really excited to start my degree at Loughborough and I believe my A Level subject choices have prepared me well

Paige Woodward achieved A* A A in English Literature, Sociology and Geography and will be reading English at the University of Leeds.

We also had some students achieve top apprenticeships, Taylor Lawrence managed to gain one of very few places on the Ford Motor apprenticeship. Taylor told us “quote  After a long and intensive interview process, I was happy to receive a phone call from Ford Motor Company offering me a position on their Higher Engineering Apprentice Programme, I am really looking forward to the new challenge, gaining my degree and invaluable work experience but am very grateful for everything Tabor Sixth Form has given me and the grades I achieved attending there”. We are incredibly proud and wish Taylor the best of luck.

Chloe Russell achieved A B C in English, Biology and Chemistry and is going to read Medicine at UEA. Chloe our former head girl has been outstanding during her time at Tabor and we wish her the best of luck in her career, she told us “I chose Tabor as I wanted to work alongside the teachers who have supported since secondary school. This continued support and encouragement has given me the confidence I needed to achieve my goal of attending medical school”