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Sixth Form


Pastoral Support

With Sixth Form study comes freedom and independence. We will help develop your skills every step of the way. Our students learn to manage their time, plan their studies and become reflective learners. This is a fantastic grounding for higher education and employment.

You will become part of a tutor group and your tutor will be there to help you settle in to a different way of working and a different culture, review your progress regularly and offer support and guidance as you need it. They will link you to the most experienced teachers or careers specialists as and when you need them. Your tutor will have regular meetings with you to discuss any concerns but also identify any academic or careers support if needed.

One-to-one support

If you are one of our high achieving students, or just in need of some subject guidance we have a number of subject tutors that can offer one-to-one guidance. Many of our A* students use this service to stretch and challenge their understanding. Students also use one-to-one support to discuss assignments, revision and how to plan and schedule their work. Each student is unique and our team of tutors makes sure that you get the help you need.

Life as a sixth form student

Let’s not kid ourselves – there is a lot of work involved in Sixth Form study! There is a great deal to do but you will have the timetable, support and resources to help you achieve. Most students have around 15-20 hours of study a week. That leaves additional time to study around the timetable or pick up additional extra-curricular activities. The rule of thumb for any post-16 student is that for every hour you spend in the classroom studying, you should spend at least an hour studying outside of the classroom. There are many aspects of Sixth Form life that are a world away from your school career. It is a welcoming environment where all students are here for the right reason – to achieve success!

Enrichment opportunities

From trips and visits, theatre clubs, debating teams, university lectures, music, performance and charity work, there are so many options available to you.

Students can also follow additional courses that complement their academic programme.

Clubs and societies

There are a range of clubs and societies available for you to join. They are aimed at having fun, meeting new people and developing different skills.

If you have a specific interest that is not represented within the Sixth Form you can set up your own club. We can provide the time, space and resources you need. There is nothing better than seeing a group of self-motivated students develop their own societies!


You will have the opportunity to develop your skills as a performer through your choice of academic programme or through joining a band, choir or drama production (as part of your assessment).

Students can access practise rooms for their own band practice in preparation for college events or performing for crowds at the HedFest.


Holderness Academy has a long history of sporting achievement and this continues into our Sixth Form. We have cricket, rugby, football, hockey, golf and netball teams for you to join. Alternatively we will support you in your own sporting endeavours or in the building of your own team. In recent years we have even created a ‘pitch and putt’ golf course and backed equestrian teams!


We are privileged to have an extremely generous group of students who regularly donate their time and money for those less fortunate than themselves. Along with Comic Relief and Sport Relief, our students regularly fund-raise for Macmillan Cancer Support, William Booth House (Salvation Army) and other local charities such as Hull Women’s Aid.