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    Hi, I'm trying to plan for where to do my A levels next year, I'm stuck on staying at my school's new sixth form (brand new, grades ok) or go to one of the other colleges in town (grades ok too). What makes the difference and makes somewhere good? What has college got that sixth form hasn't? I'd be really grateful to understand what helped you choose cos I'm stuck....
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    Hi, I'm trying to plan for where to do my A levels next year, I'm stuck on staying at my school's new sixth form (brand new, grades ok) or go to one of the other colleges in town (grades ok too). What makes the difference and makes somewhere good? What has college got that sixth form hasn't? I'd be really grateful to understand what helped you choose cos I'm stuck....
    A sixth form attached to a secondary school usually means all your friends will be going there so you'll know everyone and be in a familiar place. Teachers will know you, etc etc. On the downside, generally they continue to treat you like a child rather than increasing your freedom or anything. Chances are you won't be allowed in and out during the day even in free periods etc, but look into what your schools policy is for year 12 and 13 students.

    An independent sixth form college will in general give you much more freedom and put more of the responsibility on to you (but once again, look at what this specific sixth form does). You'll probably be treated more like an adult (as long as you behave like one, messing around will still get you in trouble). As you have a sixth form attached to your school though you probably won't know anyone/many people - but a lot of people in your classes are in the same boat, even if they came to college with all their friends they won't be in classes together usually, so it's pretty easy to make friends at the start. If you were unhappy at secondary school I would say moving might help.

    Other things to consider are travel costs etc if money is an issue, and if you can speak to students at either school to help with your decision, and go to open evenings which will probably be happening soon. Academically speaking, what makes a particular place good is usually the teachers themselves/how well organised individual departments are.
 
 
 

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