Tapton Sixth Form is an inspiring, challenging and dynamic environment in which to take your A Levels. We know that this time in a young person’s life is pivotal in shaping their future direction and all students are provided with personalised guidance about appropriate subject choice and their likely post-18 destinations to make sure they are best placed for future success. Throughout their time at Tapton, students experience outstanding teaching and learning from staff who aim to inspire them in the classroom and to prepare them for their A-level examinations. All students are allocated to an experienced form tutor who provides them with academic and pastoral support on a daily basis for the two years of Sixth Form study, backed up by an extensive and effective Sixth Form Team. At Tapton we are proud of the diversity of our students – we have students from a wide variety of educational and social backgrounds. We strive to create a cohesive and inclusive environment, run by a team of dedicated teachers and support staff. A student’s full timetable is balanced by recreational activities like ‘Pop-Up’ Sports and charity events, alongside opportunities to attend lectures on political issues, science, mathematics and beyond. Tapton’s strong links with local and national universities mean that our students receive exceptional support as they apply for Higher Education and begin the transition to university life. Well over 90% of our students successfully apply to university, with many gaining admission into the most competitive institutions in the country. We are keen to support our students whatever their chosen direction post-18, such as apprenticeships or employment. Our aim is to help all our Sixth Formers to lay the foundations of their successful future lives. There are two ways to apply to our Sixth Form, and it depends on where you are studying for Y11 that makes this choice for you. Schools within Sheffield generally use Sheffield Progress which is an online application form and your school will have a co-ordinator (usually a teacher or careers advisor) who will help you through this. If you live outside of Sheffield, or attend a private school, you will complete a paper application form. All our applications go through Sheffield City Council, and we follow their admissions policy. When applying to us there are several things you need to consider. If an application doesn’t work because of the grades you are predicted or the subject combination you have chosen, we will contact you through UCAS progress or email, so please make sure you check these for messages. This will give you a chance to make your application work.
What makes us different?
The Sixth Form area, with common room, outdoor terrace and cafe, forms the focus of daily life. This was renovated in 2016 and is a modern and airy space. All subject departments have modern, comfortable teaching spaces and are well equipped, with access to interactive whiteboards and computers for individual student use. This supports our well-established intranet and Virtual Learning Environment. Completed in 2001, our building comprises outstanding specialist facilities in science, art, technology, drama, music and ICT. Our sports hall, gym and all-weather games pitch are state-of-the-art and the large library is well resourced and staffed.