The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College R6 Sixth Form

Sixth Form Staff

Mr M Pauling - Assistant Principal, Head of Sixth Form

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As head of sixth form, I work very closely with the two heads of year as well as with our sixth form student advisor and sixth form admin assistant so that we can make R6 the best it can be for our students. R6 is a dynamic place to learn, and part of my job is to make life at sixth form really enjoyable and rewarding for our students. I do this by ensuring that we have very clear and high expectations, that we provide specific and tailored support for our students, and that we offer a diverse curriculum accessible to all.

I support the two heads of year with interventions and target setting and review as well as with university and job applications. The success of every student is important to me; preparing them for life beyond Ridgeway is key whatever the intended career or path. I always make myself available to students for help, advice, or just a simple chat! The office door is always open!

Miss S Collins - Head of Year 12

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As head of year 12 in R6, I work with the fantastic R6 leadership team to ensure all students are making progress toward their intended outcomes and work closely with them to ensure they make the right next step for them; whether that be university, apprenticeships, or employment. I work alongside the team of dedicated R6 mentors to develop and provide a pastoral programme that supports students in approaching their studies, self-directing their work, and balancing academic commitments with extracurricular activities. It is my passion to ensure all students progress regardless of ability, gender, or background, and equip every student with the skills and confidence to thrive at The Ridgeway School and beyond.

Miss H Buttery - Head of Year 13

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I am delighted to lead my year group into Year 13 and work with them to achieve their goals. My focus is ensuring students at R6 get the support and opportunities they need to make effective decisions about their next steps, whether that is university, apprenticeships or employment. I work closely with the mentors, the R6 staff team, teaching staff and importantly the R6 Student Leadership Team, Student Committees and Student Voice representatives to provide a personalised and enjoyable experience in which student voices are heard and student views matter.

Mrs Amy Midson - Sixth Form Student Advisor

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I am a non-teaching member of the sixth form, and we all work together to provide support to students from the time they apply to the sixth form through to next steps when they leave. I am often the first port of call for parents and students as I am on the end of the phone and my office is right in the middle of the common room! I offer quite practical 1-to-1 sessions in time management, study skills, future planning, and work experience placements, and I’m around for a chat if stress levels are getting too high. I also work closely with the school counsellor, SENCO, and outside agencies, such as Swindon Young Carers, to assist with supporting students with a wide range of needs.

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