Beyond the Classroom

Beyond developing the skills and knowledge crucial for academic success, TKA’s Sixth Form ethos is rooted in the belief that Post-16 education should be the most exciting point in a student’s school career. We want our students to have the confidence to challenge and question the world around them, the self-assurance to try new things and to not be afraid to fail. We will support development of leadership qualities necessary to make a positive and lasting change wherever their paths may lead them. We understand that honing these qualities cannot always take place in a classroom and therefore we are committed to providing students with a wealth of opportunities that go beyond the core A Level curriculum.

All students will participate in our Enrichment Programme on a weekly basis, selecting from a menu of options. Be it debating, Duke of Edinburgh, sport, music, fitness, volunteering or drama, we want all students to have access to opportunities to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and explore new interests and strengths. These options will be interleaved with regular talks from external speakers, broadening student exposure to different experiences, perspectives and pathways and honing an intellectual curiosity in the world around them.

At the heart of TKA’s Sixth Form culture is a belief in the importance of participation and leadership in the wider school community. Our ‘Learning to Lead’ Sixth Form reward scheme encourages students to seek out opportunities to develop leadership skills as well as fostering a philosophy of ‘giving back’. Be it in the category of ‘self’, ‘school’, or ‘community’, the ‘Learning to Lead’ scheme will reward and recognise a range of activities including participation in the Student Union, supporting the Going Beyond Scheme, establishing new clubs and societies and initiating school-wide campaigns.

The Kingston Academy also places great value on the contribution trips and visits can make in broadening horizons and perspectives. Students will be able to pursue and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme whilst in the Sixth Form and will also have access to a range of subject specific trips both within London and beyond. As part of our careers and support for students beyond the Sixth Form, a range of University trips will be organised, ensuring that students are fully educated about the wide range of possibilities for their next steps.