Below are comments made by both current and previous students about life at Rydens Sixth Form College.
Differences Between GCSE & A level
"Smaller classes mean a better learning environment"
"A-Level classes are smaller and that means that you get more one on one learning. I also feel so much more relaxed in my classes because I know that we have all chosen to be here"
"A major difference from GCSE is the independent approach that has to be taken by the student. It is up to you to do background research as teachers trust you to do it and you get study periods in which to do this. I enjoy this independent study as it allows me to have more freedom and develop my understanding as far as I want to"
"The teaching support is excellent"
"The Sixth Form promotes a happy and calm working environment as well as a good social environment; it’s definitely the best decision I ever made going to Sixth Form!"
"I went to a college at first but after going there for three days I decided to come back, this is because I felt like the education here is better. I feel more relaxed and comfortable in lessons"
Subject Staff & Tutors
"You get more freedom and independence"
"Tutors are always there to talk to about anything, from academic advice to personal advice and support and it’s always fun to see them dancing at parties"
"Student learning is more independent. You are given more responsibility and trusted to handle the freedom of study periods"
"You get treated more like an adult and build new friendships with upper Sixth Formers"
"The student/teacher relationship at Sixth Form is really different to GCSE. It has become easier to speak honestly with the staff, which has helped to improve my understanding of the subjects I have chosen"
"The social events allow the years to mix and create more of a community within the Sixth Form"
"I have really noticed a difference in the social side of Sixth Form. Friendship groups split and merge and I have discovered confidence and friend-making abilities that I never realised I had. I still maintain close friendships with my old friends but am also enjoying meeting new people and challenging myself to try new things"
"The Social Events in the Sixth Form are a lot better than GCSE year. The parties and activity days are quality as they give you a chance to meet new people"