Sixth form students have many enrichment opportunities, one of which is the Open University’s Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS).

Pupils can apply to independently study a 10 credit course with the OU in year 12; these courses are applied for at the beginning of year 12 and run throughout the year; they are free to students and funded by the school.

Applications are open to students who study and reside in Wales. The adjacent Powerpoint link covers some of the benefits and advantages of studying a YASS course. If you are interested and would like to know more, please speak to Mrs Williams in the Sixth Form office.

Enrichment Opportunities

•Dragon Sports
•‘Young Consumers’
•Sixth Form Committee
•Student Senedd
•Inter-House Competitions
•OU modules
•Public speaking and debating
•Text Now - Literacy Mentoring
•Musical Theatre
•Autism Spectrum Club
•Work Experience
•Sports Teams and Tours
•Duke of Edinburgh

MAT (More Able and Talented) Students

Our MAT students receive tailored UCAS advice and have the advantage of joining mailing groups established for medics, dentists, vets and Oxbridge.

Oxbridge applicants:

     - attend the student conference in March and the Oxbridge roadshow in Monmouth

     - attend Oxford University Open Days in June (residential)

     - are encouraged to apply for UNIQ places

     - receive visit from Oxbridge link schools’ liaison officers and past Oxbridge pupils

     - receive mock interviews with staff/Oxbridge Applications in addition to school support

They also attend half termly workshops which include guest speakers, ‘listening to learners’ sessions and visits from various employers and advisors. We place them in work experience which as far as possible is preparing them for their future career, and regularly use our KS5 MATS used for lower school mentoring.


     - are encouraged to attend Medsim/Vetsim and are offered in-house, subject specific interviews

     - are helped to secure work experience at placements such as UHW

     - visit Cardiff University’s Heath Park Campus and work with Cardiff University’s undergraduates as part of the Meducation programme
     - are helped to secure voluntary posts in a variety of healthcare settings
     - are advised to use training companies for BMAT/UKCAT and interview skills, e.g. Ace Medicine

Mentoring System

Those with an average GCSE Score of 5.0 and under are automatically mentored as well as those who, at each assessment point (6 over 2 years), achieve 2 grades or more below their predictions OR with a satisfactory work ethic in 2 or more subjects. In addition to this we run a flexible system which allows those who may have poor exam capability to change to a BTEC Double Award after AS to secure a university entry.