Queen Elizabeth's Sixth Form Award

Queen Elizabeth's Sixth Form Award


Employers today are looking for students who are not only academically able, but also have a range of personal skills and qualities. A recent University of Kent survey of top employers, found that the following skills were seen as just as important as academic achievement: initiative and self-motivation; drive; planning and organising; flexibility; time management; global skills; negotiating & persuading; self-awareness; personal impact & confidence; stress tolerance; integrity; independence; interpersonal sensitivity; creativity.

In order to encourage the development of these attributes in our Sixth Form students we have introduced the Queen Elizabeth’s Sixth Form Award which we expect all students to participate in. In order to make the most of the Sixth Form experience, we believe that students should engage with and contribute to all aspects of school life alongside being a role model for our younger students.

The Queen Elizabeth’s Award will recognise achievements in these alternative aspects of the school experience.

The Award requires students to achieve 3 of the following for the Bronze level award (£25 prize), 5 to achieve Silver (£50 prize) and 7 to achieve Gold (£80 prize). The Awards will be presented at the Final Assembly for Year 13.

  1. Supporting School Life: complete a list of non-academic achievements or involvement at Queen Elizabeth’s; this could include sporting or musical contributions, running clubs, mentoring, etc. To complete the award, students must have taken on an area of responsibility e.g. prefect, subject senior student, form representative.

  2. Building an application: complete the UCAS application or created a CV.

  3. Punctuality and attendance: achieve above 95% attendance and punctuality (unless there are special circumstances).

  4. Work experience: complete at least 40 hours of work experience in the Sixth Form, as evidenced by a completion of a signed time sheet and delivery of a presentation to peers in an assembly or form time.

  5. Wider Curiosity: provide evidence, by giving a presentation to the form, of learning beyond the exam specification. This could include the reading of a subject specific book or magazine, watching a relevant film or documentary, participation in an overseas exchange or any activity which shows an active attitude to learning beyond the classroom.

  6. Subject Mastery: submit an essay or artefact of student's choice. It can have been previously entered for an external competition (including the EPQ) or it can be a piece of work that the student is particularly proud of. It can also include success in the Maths Challenge, FI in Schools, Olympiads or any other extra-curricular achievements.

  7. Academics: be consistently working at or above their ALPS targets throughout Year 12 and 13 in 3 or more A levels subjects (as evidenced by Interim Assessments).

Evidence for the award must have been completed by the end of Term 4 in Year 13.


How will the strands be evidenced?

Each student will have a central Google Doc, which they are responsible for updating.

The form tutor will have oversight of progress and mentoring conversations will focus on academic progress as well as wider contributions to the school.

Factors such as attendance and academic progress will be decided by the Heads of Sixth Form