HBHS Sixth Form


Transition after Sixth Form

The jump between taking GCSEs and a programme of sixth form study is generally accepted to be the hardest jump students make in their education. That is why we have developed a comprehensive pastoral system of care and guidance. Transition begins in Year 11 through taster days, interviews and careers lessons.

We have the Director of Sixth Form and Pastoral Year Leader who have specific skills to assist in settling into Sixth Form and to cope with the changes in the way that sixth formers learn and the new challenging expectations. Our high retention rates over the past few years are evidence that we support our students well through this difficult transition.

Pastoral support and wellbeing

It is most important for students to ask for support and help when needed whether it is to cope with workload, stress related issues, diet or any mental health related issue. Daily, students will meet their Form Tutor and weekly there is an assembly that will cover all issues that face our young people. There is a dedicated team of Sixth form pastoral staff who can be sought for support and guidance at any time. We encourage our students to support each other and to participate in our peer mentoring programme and support younger students in the school.


Sometimes students need some financial support to enable them to maximise their opportunities at sixth form. Bursaries are available from the school to support students experiencing financial hardship. The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is designed to help and support any student who faces financial barriers to participation in education, such as costs of transport, food or equipment.

We aim to ensure that financial issues don’t stop anybody from studying at Haydon Bridge High School. There is a guaranteed bursary for students receiving certain benefits. This group includes:

  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund. This supports students with free meals, specialist clothing and equipment, travel expenses, childcare costs, course equipment and visits. Applications for funding are made directly to the school on an official application form. To discuss your eligibility for one of the above bursaries, please contact the Director of Sixth Form. All enquiries will be treated confidentially.

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific financial barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • bursaries for defined vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 a year
  • discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment

The full terms and conditions for bursary applications can be found on the government webpage:

16 to 19 bursary fund guide 2019 to 2020 academic-year


Our Top Tips To Support Your Mental Health in Sixth Form document.