Denbigh School Year Six Virtual Tour
Welcome to our Sixth Form Open Evening microsite. This page will offer you comprehensive information about Denbigh School Sixth Form as well as giving an opportunity to experience life at our school.
This site includes:
- A welcome video from Mr Andy Squires and Dr Andrea Frame, CEO of the Denbigh Alliance Multi-Academy Trust and Head of School.
- A video tour of Denbigh School.
- An interactive map with information from our Faculty teams.
- Further information regarding life at Denbigh School and wider support systems.
To watch our Live Open Event video, please complete our form at the bottom of the page. You will also receive a copy of our 2021 Prospectus.
Visit the Faculties at Denbigh School
Our interactive map offers you the chance to visit each Faculty at Denbigh School.
Each Faculty is listed on the map below. All subject choices are listed in the key below the map.
Click on a subject title in the map key to view our subject videos, see the Sixth Form learning journey and read answers to some questions frequently asked at our Open Evenings.
Click on the course titles below to find out more:
Business & Computing
Design & Technology
Sixth Form Pastoral Support
Mentoring in the Sixth Form
Denbigh is proud that every Sixth Form student is mentored regularly on a one-to-one basis. Every effort is taken to pair students with a mentor who teaches at least one of the subject area in each student’s timetable. The Sixth Form Mentor provides guidance to their mentee in the one-to-one meetings with regard to their academic progress, university or apprenticeship plans. The mentoring will also address the emotional challenges faced by Sixth Form students. We believe that the pastoral support we provide is vital in supporting the mental and physically well-being of all of our students.
In addition to the one-to-one sessions, the student will also have two compulsory 30 minute group mentoring sessions per week. In these mentoring sessions, we focus on the A Level mindset which will aim to support and develop the student’s commitment, motivation and productivity. Mentors will help the students look at aspects of prioritisation, planning for progress, general study skills and effective revision.
The mentoring process allows the mentor to get to know and understand the student. As a result, the mentor will become the student’s best advocate and be in a position to advise them as they plan for their future. Successful mentoring will lead the student to become a confident independent learner.
Denbigh Sixth Form attracts students from a number of local secondary schools in and around Milton Keynes. One of the features that we are particularly proud of is the experience that all students go through when they arrive at Denbigh School, whether they are external or internal students. As the video will demonstrate, the support available through mentoring and the wider Sixth Form community provides an excellent experience for students transferring from other schools. The Denbigh experience is about more than just a focus on academic excellence, it is very much about developing the whole person. The opportunities in sport, the arts and wider leadership roles all contribute to the student experience. Denbigh Sixth Form is concerned with preparing our students for their lives post A Levels, whether that is at University, in an apprenticeship or in a career. These experiences, available to all, will provide an excellent grounding on which to make the next steps in the students’ lives.
Look out for the Futures Day for current Denbigh Year 11s in February, providing the opportunity to sample A Level lessons in subjects that they are interested in. Then, in July there will be two Induction Days where all students who have a conditional offer of a Sixth Form place at Denbigh are invited in to experience all aspects of being a Sixth Former at our school.
The Football Academy does not just take on aspiring football players and coaches, it also caters for students who excel in other sports, such as Basketball and Badminton. Perhaps the most important element of this course is the emphasis on developing leadership skills and confidence. Football Academy students are expected to lead activities and sessions for younger students in a variety of locations and settings.
Football Academy FAQsFootball Academy Learning Journey
We have a strong Careers team at Denbigh School, ensuring that students get the right support, advice and careers education to prepare them for their next step.
Careers education is delivered through the following means:
- Mentoring sessions
- Personal guidance with our independent Careers Adviser
- Careers Week
- Year 12 Work Experience
To find out more about Careers Education at Denbigh School, please click on our Careers Service document.
At Denbigh School, we believe that trips and visits contribute significantly to a holistic education. Students enjoy themselves and have memorable experiences; they have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and apply their learning to the “real world”. They also acquire new skills and face challenges that enrich their schooling and develop character. All students are invited to take part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which involves a walking expedition with overnight camping. Students develop independence and resilience through this, especially in navigating their route and avoiding getting lost! This is provided as one of the Enrichment options in Year 12, but will run into Year 13 if chosen.
We also draw on the contributions of the Denbigh Alumni, with ex-students making regular visits throughout the year to speak to our Sixth Formers about their choices and experiences. On UCAS Day in July, the Alumni provide more specific guidance about the UCAS process and talk to our students about how they made their choices and provide guidance about things to consider.
All students in Year 12 will be expected to choose one enrichment activity alongside their A Levels. This will be a regular timetabled session of one hour a week and will, in the most parts, lead to a specific qualification. However, it is about more than achieving that qualification. It is the chance to take up an activity that students might not have considered before in order to acquire new skills and experiences.
Enrichment activities are covered in more detail in the video, but some of the more popular choices include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the Sports Leader Award and Cooking. There is also the opportunity to take Core Maths over two years, providing students with the skills associated with AS Maths and designed to support those students who require elements of mathematical or statistical analysis in their other A Level subjects.
Senior Leadership Team
Mr A. Squires
Leadership of The Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust
Dr A. Frame
Head of School
Strategic Leadership of Denbigh School
Mr P. Myers
Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding, Curriculum, Staff and Student Well Being
Mr A. Steed
Teaching & Learning, Achievement
Mrs H. Brown
Timetable, Options, Extra-Curricular Activities
Miss L. Dale
Director of Teaching School, Senior Professional Tutor, Teaching and Learning
Mrs C. Flowers
Assistant Headteacher, SENCO
Special Education Needs and Disabilities, the PSHE Curriculum, Tutorial and Assemblies, Reading Strategy
Mrs H. Fry
Student Attendance and Behaviour, Year 7 Transition
Mr P. Gannaway
Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J. Goudriaan
Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
SMSC, Careers, Student Voice, Vocational Champion, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr J. Waters
Student Progress and Achievement, Punctuality to Lessons, Homework Completion, PIXL Lead
Watch our Open Day live event
Prospective parents and students are invited to watch our Sixth Form Open Evening Facebook live event.
The Open Event video features Mr Paul Gannaway, Director of Post-16 Learning and current Denbigh Year 12 students who provide more information about Denbigh School’s Sixth Form.