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Wickersley Sixth Form

Welcome to Wickersley Sixth Form

At Wickersley, we’re passionate about supporting our students throughout their studies and preparing them for their next steps when they leave us.

Of course, we do this academically by ensuring students thrive and reach their full potential in their timetabled lessons. But we value more than just grades.

We aim to prepare students for life beyond Sixth Form. Our comprehensive pastoral programme has been carefully designed to prepare students for Sixth Form study and beyond. Our blend of enrichment, tutorial, employability lectures, work experience and student support ensures that every student receives their own personalised programme of study.

The programme runs alongside students’ academic qualifications and is intended to not only hone their study skills, but also develop strength of character that will prepare them for their future in higher education, work or further training.

We aim to send every young person into the world able and qualified to play their full role in it.

Why Wickersley?

A day at Wickersley Sixth Form is different to the school days you have experienced before. Being an 11-18 school, Wickersley Sixth Form offers a blend of freedom and independence, alongside the tried-and-tested working practices of an Outstanding secondary school. Class sizes are small enough to allow teachers to focus on you as an individual, and the dedicated Sixth Form team is on-hand to offer support whenever you need it.

We have a different ‘feel’ to other further education providers. We want our students to be independent learners, and we give them opportunities to do so, but we also want them to take ownership of their learning. For some students, this is a difficult balance to strike. Whilst some thrive in the freer environment that Sixth Form provides, some need a little more supervision and intervention.

To help with this, all non-lesson time on a students’ timetable is allocated as Independent Study (apart from Y12 Tutorial and Enrichment). Students have no ‘blank’ or free periods on their timetable and are expected to treat their Sixth Form study as a full-time occupation. They are expected to be working on their studies from 08.45am – 03.10pm every day and must not arrange other activities during this time.

If we feel that a student is not using their Independent Study time effectively, some of their Independent Study periods will be converted to Directed Study where they will receive additional supervision and support, ensuring that they reach their full potential.

We had a proven track record last year of outstanding results:

  • 93% of our students went to their first choice university

  • 21% of our students went to Russell Group universities

  • 16% of our students received an A or an A*

  • 21 students secured a place on a high quality apprenticeship scheme

Enrichment & Sport

All students will have the opportunity to participate in activities that supplement their studies. These activities are designed to enhance students’ time at Wickersley Sixth Form and develop key skills that will benefit them both in, and outside of the classroom.

In the past, activities have included; The Duke of Edinburgh Award, Cooking on a budget, Teaching, Beginners Spanish and many more. Our enrichment programme consists of weekly, timetabled sessions that run throughout Year 12.

There is a strong emphasis on sport in our enrichment programme, with opportunities to participate as a coach, leader or official within the same range of sports offered at lower school. There are opportunities to represent Wickersley in some sporting competitions too.

Attendance

Above all else, attendance has the biggest impact on a students’ grade. Attendance is really important to us, if students are not here they are not learning. We are proud of our rigorous approach to attendance, to reflect this, we ask any student whose subject attendance in Year 13 falls below 92%, without a valid reason, to pay for their own examinations. This message is reiterated to students throughout their time at Wickersley Sixth Form.

We welcome regular and thorough communication with our parents, please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

What courses do we offer?

Students choose 3 or 4 options, 1 from each option block. You can choose a mixture of applied and academic subjects across the options blocks. Students who do not secure a Level 5 in GCSE English and Maths will be given the opportunity to re-sit alongside their Sixth Form subject choices.

*Please note, the minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is five 4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including Maths and English. There are specific entry requirements for certain subjects, please check online, or contact us for more information.

For more details about how to apply to study at Wickersley Sixth Form, please visit the how to apply section.

How do we support our students?

Our Sixth Form has a dedicated Student Support Team who are on-hand to support students with any personal, medical or educational issues.

We work alongside our students and encourage them to get involved with the day-to-day running of their Sixth Form. Students have the opportunity to join our Student Ambassador and Leadership Programme, ambassadors meet regularly with the Sixth Form team to raise issues and discuss solutions.

We welcome regular communication with parents, please don’t hesitate to contact Sixth Form if you have any queries or concerns.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our students’ mental health and wellbeing is important to us. We understand that Sixth Form study can be intense, and at times, students may need help. Students can access support via our Student Support Team, who can signpost to other support within school, if required.

Mindfulness and wellbeing themes are embedded throughout our enrichment, lecture and assembly programmes.

16-19 Bursary

Students who want to apply for a bursary must complete the application form, which is available from the Sixth Form office, the finance office and on the school website. For more information, please speak to a member of the Sixth Form team.

Employability and the ‘5 Year Journey’

Although Sixth Form only lasts for two years, we aim to prepare our students for the next five years. Whether students choose; university, work-based training or employment after Sixth Form, we support them fully.

Wickersley Sixth Form has a comprehensive pastoral programme that has been carefully designed to prepare students for Sixth Form study and beyond. Our blend of enrichment, work experience and student support ensures that every student receives their own personalised programme of study. The programme runs alongside students’ academic qualifications and is intended to not only hone their study skills, but also develop strength of character that will prepare them for their future in higher education, work or further training.

We support our students throughout their studies at Wickersley, and prepare them for their next steps when they leave us.

Each week, Year 13 students attend a lecture in the Main Hall covering a wide range of topics. Four modules will be delivered throughout the year, each of which consist of a series of lectures and activities. The modules are designed to increase students; motivation, organisation, general knowledge and employability – ultimately preparing them for their life during, and after Wickersley Sixth Form. All of our lectures reflect key British values, and instil within students an important sense of ‘what it means to be British’.

In order to evidence their personal and professional develpoment, students will receive a certificate after the lecture programme has finished.

Module 1

Goal Setting; personal and project management

Session 1
Welcome to year 13

Session 2
Continuing the 5-year journey

Session 3
Next steps beyond Sixth Form

Session 4
Dispelling the myth of effortless success

Session 5
How can we use psychological theory to aid study?

Session 6
How to maintain a healthy work-life balance

Session 7
Financial education

Session 8
Developing presentation skills

Module 2

Understanding wider society

Session 1
Politics and justice in the UK

Session 2
Is the UK meritocratic?

Session 3
The gender gap in education and wider society

Session 4
Sex and the Z generation

Module 3

Communication and problem solving

Session 1
The importance of written communication

Session 2
The importance of non-verbal comunication

Session 3
How to respond to challenge and ‘fail forwards’

Session 4
How to overcome obstacles (problem solving)

Module 4

Effective revision strategies and exam preparation

Session 1
Recalibrate, refocus and react

Session 2
21st Century Narcissism

Session 3
The world of work – what to expect

Session 4
Effective revision strategies and exam preparation

Through Tutorial, students are prepared for their next steps after Sixth Form; higher education, work or further training. A member of the Sixth Form team will guide students through the UCAS application process, or help them with identifying and pursuing alternative options.

Using the effort and attainment data submitted by their class teachers, students will have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the Sixth Form team several times during the year. During these meetings, students are encouraged to identify areas for development, and set clear, measurable targets.

Mr S English

Sixth Form Support

senglish@wickersley.net

Mrs K Chant

Sixth Form Support

kchant@wickersley.net

Mrs K Harrison

Sixth Form Support

kharrison@wickersley.net

For students who plan to take up an apprenticeship or enter employment after Sixth Form, we offer the opportunity to complete a work experience portfolio during Year 13. Working alongside Sixth Form staff, this working document will be reviewed weekly, and is an ideal place for students to document relevant work experience and evidence their work-related skills.

All students are also offered the opportunity to take part in work experience that is relevant to their future career plans.

All students will have the opportunity to participate in activities that supplement their studies. These activities are designed to enhance students’ time at Wickersley Sixth Form and develop key employability skills that will benefit them both in, and outside of the classroom. In the past, activities have included; the Duke of Edinburgh award, cooking on a budget, teaching, beginners Spanish, and many more.

Our Enrichment programme consists of weekly, timetabled sessions that run throughout Year 12.

Alumni

Once a Wickersley student, always a Wickersley student!
When our current students hear about past students who have achieved great success, it has a really big impact. We encourage past students to stay in contact with Wickersley, and welcome them to events and open evenings to share their stories of success.

Past students can also sign up to our future first network, we would love for you to join our alumni network so that we can stay connected and let you know about exciting opportunities to get involved.

How to Apply

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is five 4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including Maths and English. There are specific entry requirements for certain subjects, please individual course pages or contact us for more information.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.

Choose 3 or 4 options, one from each block. You can choose a mixture of applied and academic subjects across the options blocks. English and Maths GCSE (Resit) – only for students who did not secure Level 5.
*Options blocks, and subjects on offer, are subject to change.

Once you have applied, you will be invited to an interview with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss your current effort, attainment and subject choices. If successful, you will be given a conditional offer to study with us, your offer will become firm once you have received your GCSE exam results, and you have enrolled with us in the Summer.

If you are already a Wickersley student, then there is no need to apply online. Speak to your form tutor for more information. All other students, please visit the apply now section.

For more details on our admissions policy, please refer to our Sixth Form Admissions Policy.

Apply Now

If you are already a Wickersley student, then there is no need to apply online, just speak to your form tutor for more information.

All other students, please apply using the form below:

  • Applications for this academic year are currently closed, please check again soon.

Upcoming Events

Please check regularly for information about upcoming Sixth Form events, university open days and employment opportunities.

Year 13 Parents Evening - Thursday 24th October 2019 - 5:00-8:00PM