Sixth Form Staff

Helen Dixon

Mrs Helen Dixon
Assistant Principal, Head of Sixth Form

As Head of Sixth Form I work very closely with the 2 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 2 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!



Russ Driver

Mr Russell Driver
Head of Year 12

When you attend The Ridgeway Sixth Form my role will be working in collaboration with the sixth form mentors to oversee the progress of Year 12 throughout their year of study. I will be providing students with support for whatever their need may be within the year. For many students this will be required for applications to university or apprenticeships. For others it will be support with progress towards Sixth Form target grades or required grades to progress to the next stages in their lives





Mr James Watts
Head of Year 13

I am pleased to be the Head of Year 12 at the Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College.  In my role, I work closely with mentors and our excellent R6 team to support students throughout Year 13.  Year 13 is an exciting but challenging time in life for every student.  It is a great responsibility, and privilege, to help each individual student have an excellent experience here at R6 and an exceptional outcome.






Amy Thomson


Mrs Amy Midson
Sixth Form Student Advisor

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 1-1 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.



Miss E Launchbury
Sixth Form Student Support Assistant

I work closely alongside Amy to ensure all students have support, welfare and guidance.

I process applications for new students and attend and help organise Sixth Form Recruitment events in and outside the school, which is a great way of meeting new students, and giving them their first glimpse of Sixth Form life!

I supervise all independent study lessons, and I help students with any timetable changes, or if they need to amend their independent studies. I monitor their attendance and communicate daily with both students and parents with any queires they may have. I can be found in G14, where I register all Independent Study lessons and follow up on any non attendees


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