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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Mrs K Chant
Mrs K Harrison
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.
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 see individual course pages or contact us for more information.
A student who does not achieve a grade 4 in their Maths and/or English GCSE will be required to resit these as a condition of their offer. We recommend that students who achieve a grade 4 resit Maths or English to secure a grade 5 during their time at Sixth Form.
Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort in Year 11 to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.
Further entry tests will be set in each subject in the first weeks of the course in September, this will be taken into account in assessing a student’s suitability for the course.
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.
16 to 19 Tuition Fund
The Government has introduced the 16 to 19 tuition fund which is a £96 million of one-off funding for 2020 to 2021 academic year only. It is ring-fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19). Our share of this funding is £9,823.
At Wickersley, the support that our eligible Year 12 and Year 13 students receive varies. Some receive high-quality small group tuition after school in preparation for upcoming exams and assessments. Whilst others attend extra time-timetabled sessions delivered by subject specialists to small groups or target-driven study sessions relevant to their programme of study.
Due to current circumstances, our eligible Childcare students were unable to complete the placement element of their course. Additional timetabled sessions were organised for these students, where they received additional guidance on how to plan and deliver Early Years activities.
Several students benefit from weekly, timetabled GCSE English and Maths lessons, and will hopefully achieve grade 4 during their time with us. Some benefit from an extra Directed Study period on their timetable, working on additional work set by their class teachers with a member of the Sixth Form Team.
The guidance related to the fund means that.
• Only learners who do not have 5-9 passes in either or both English and Maths GCSE at the end of KS4 can be supported by this fund.
• The Fund is not limited to supporting GCSE Maths and English but can be for any aim in the learner’s programme of study
• The need for support will be determined and agreed between the eligible learners and staff
• Typically support will be in the form of small group tuition over and above the teaching timetabled for that subject
Apply Now for September 2021
This year, we’re not able to host our usual information open evening in November.
We will be hosting an online event in mid-November instead. Please check back regularly for more details about Wickersley Sixth Form and the subjects that we offer.
Students can submit an online application after our November virtual event. Students who have applied will be invited for an interview during January and February. If you are already a Wickersley student, then there is no need to apply online, just speak to your form tutor in November for more information.
The subjects that we offer will be confirmed shortly.