Our Sixth Form students are invited to choose from a range of year-long courses which sit alongside their academic studies, and which give them the opportunity to develop the skills and attributes necessary for success.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end, an opportunity learn valuable new skills, make new friends and try new things. A great opportunity to give back to the local comunity, and to practice leadership and team building skills that looks fantastic on a CV.  Participants  take part in a programme of activities in four sections - Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. 


Hackney University Extension Programme

Hackney University Extension Programme, in partnership with BSix Brooke House Sixth Form& The Hackney Learning Trust, enables our UG students to be a part of the Hackney University Extension Programme. This is run by BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College and is an outgrowth of the Pem-Brooke project, a collaboration with Pembroke College, Oxford that began in 2008. It provides short university-style courses, visits to universities around the country, and residential summer schools.

Bloomberg Robotics

Bloomberg Robotics gives students the opportunity to develop their enterprise skills, building and programming a robot in a team. The student team will be divided into a fundraising team to generate enough money to make the robot and pay for travel to the arena in the USA, a media team to promote the robot, engineers to design and build the robot, as well as a team of programmers to develop the code to make the robot move.

Peer Mentoring 

Our younger students at The Petchey Academy value our Sixth Form students mentoring them. Some of our Year 12 students have  given up some of their free time to join the Mentoring programme. Once students feel confident they are equipped with the skills to deliver mentoring sessions they will support small groups of younger students in the academy. 

Year Leads and Assistant Year Leads have recommended students that they felt would benefit from this programme. Some of the areas for discussion that were highlighted were: behaviour, progress in lessons and preparation for exams.

The Tutors provide guidance and advice to our mentors in order to have a productive mentoring session. Mentors are asked to make notes on ‘what went well’ and ‘what could be done to improve’, for their mentees to take back and reflect on.

The mentors are also part of a weekly Enhanced programme called ‘Peer Mentoring’. They receive training and information from Tahne who works for ‘Young Hackney’. 

Young Hackney

We have weekly group sessions in ‘Feel Friday’ seminar to discuss issues ranging from how to cope with exam stress, body image, social media, substance abuse and questions about university & apprenticeship. Yong Hackney then support students throughout the day with one to one sessions and finish with one final group discussion at the end of the day focusing on the topic of healthy relationships.

Young Hackney

Young Enterprise

 Our students on the Young Enterprise programme are working fortnightly with Citi Bank in Canary Wharf to help them set up and run a real business under the guidance of a Young Enterprise Business Adviser. It’s the ultimate business enterprise experience, with the option to gain a recognised qualification along the way.

National Citizenship Service

The National Citizen Service helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. The programme involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community and much more. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement, social action and social mixing among young people. We encourage all our Y12 students to sign up for the summer.


We have a number of sporting activities including football, rugby, basketball, climbing, trampolining, spinning, dance and fitness training in top quality facilities. We also work closely with organisations such as My Big Career and Into University to help guide students through the University and Apprenticeship process, alongside the support they will gain weekly in seminar.