The Sixth Form Pastoral Team consists of seven members of staff, all of whom are specialists in ensuring that students receive the very best support over their two years in the school Sixth Form.
The Sixth Form is led by Mr R Bell, who as Deputy Head, with overall responsibility as Director of Sixth Form, provides strategic direction and leadership to the community of 500 personnel.
Each year group is then supported specifically through a Head of Year, who will be either Mr Teece or Mrs Marshall. Both members of staff work with the students in their respective year groups on a day-to-day basis. In particular the Head of Year gains a holistic overview of each student’s progress and is the first point of contact for parents in dealings with the school at Key Stage 5.
Mrs S King acts both as Head of Careers and the Sixth Form Coordinator in a dual role which means that she is intrinsic to daily life in the Sixth Form. With increasing numbers of students deciding not to apply to university and instead head into the ‘world of work’, Mrs King is able to provide advice to students and has been instrumental in ensuring that Coopers’ career provision is amongst the very best in the country. Mrs King has developed a specialist Careers Website to support students and their parents and this can be accessed by the link entitled ‘Careers Education’.
As Academic Development Coordinator, Mrs R Read plays a leading role in ensuring that students who are looking to apply to either Oxford or Cambridge University receive the very best support. All university applications are important to us, but a critical aspect of our provision is the care and attention we provide to Oxbridge candidates. Mrs Read also works with students in this at KS3 and KS4 and also has overall responsibility for our ‘Beyond 18 Evening’ in July. Alongside her, Mrs A Wilkes works as our Pastoral Development Coordinator, she supports both the Heads of Year in working 1-2-1 with students, mentoring students. She also plays a pivotal role in supporting students with their university applications.
Last, but by no means least, Mrs M Donnellan who as Sixth Form Administrator performs a vital role in overseeing many aspects of Sixth Form life from attendance, to communication with parents, through to oversight of the Learning Zone.