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Excellence for All
Windsor Sixth Form is open to current students as well as to students from other establishments.
We have a reputation for academic excellence that is very much a part of our Sixth Form ethos. We begin each year with a residential as part of the induction and our focus is on maximum academic achievement, combined with a wide range of extra curricular, leadership and social activities.
The Sixth Form facilities are first class and have impressed all who have seen them. Current students are delighted, reflecting on the “University atmosphere”. These facilities are backed up by excellent teachers and subject specialists who are totally committed to ensuring that they get the best from their students. Most importantly, we have small group sizes to allow for a personal approach and individualised learning. This allows each student to get to know their teachers extremely well and helps to build quality learning relationships.
A key feature of our Sixth Form is the extension of our collaboration between student, parent and school, which we know is the foundation for success. Our assessment and reporting schedule is designed to keep parents fully informed and in touch with all aspects of student progress.
I hope that after reading this prospectus, you will be inspired to visit and see our Sixth Form at first hand. We are proud of what we have to offer and believe that the quality environment and teaching will ensure a fantastic Sixth Form experience for students.
Mr S R Lanckham
The Sixth Form offers students from Windsor High School, Halesowen and the surrounding area the chance to benefit from the excellent teaching upon which the school prides itself, in a vibrant environment which encourages academic achievement and social development.
Every September, we are delighted to welcome our own Year 11 students and students from numerous other schools into Windsor Sixth Form. We provide a supportive and challenging environment in which students are able to flourish. We are a thriving, friendly and supportive community.
Our students have a wide variety of different aspirations. We pride ourselves on the support we offer to each individual to maximise their potential as well as develop their self-confidence and belief. The majority of our students aspire to study at University. Their chosen degree courses are wide ranging including areas such as law, sciences and the performing arts. Students are also supported to secure positions in employment or apprenticeships.
Life at Windsor Sixth Form is not just about academic success; it is also about developing as a person. Extra-curricular activities and leadership roles, alongside a broad tutorial and enrichment programme as well as work experience, enable our students to become well-rounded and confident individuals.
It is with pride, every year, that we celebrate the success of our Sixth Form students at Windsor. We look forward to their future successes and to welcoming them back to inspire future generations.
I hope the prospectus will give you a flavour of life in our Sixth Form and we very much look forward to meeting you at our open evening where you will be able to see the range of opportunities available to our students.
Mr J Leathem-Pugh
Academic Director of Sixth Form
Our aim is to create a learning environment in which students are given every opportunity to flourish academically, develop socially and above all enjoy their experience.
We ask each student to commit to a learning agreement and also to set individual goals. In return, we commit to the following to allow each student the opportunity to succeed:
Our Sixth Form has been designed with the demands of post 16 education at its heart. The building, which is for the sole use of the Sixth Form students, has outstanding science laboratories, a sports hall, fitness suite, flexible modern teaching spaces and well equipped ICT and social areas.
The entire building is supported by a wireless network. Students have access to netbooks, laptops and iPads in the Sixth Form.
There is a Sixth Form coffee bar located within the common room. This is open all day serving drinks, snacks and lunch for Sixth Form students.
“There is a good variety of enrichment choices. I enjoyed taking Netball and Badminton from the wide range of options.”
NICOLA KOH - WINDSOR
The Tutorial system plays a key role in the support of students’ pastoral and academic progress. Students will be placed in a tutor group, led by one of our specialist tutor teams.
Tutors work with students every morning to monitor progress, assist with applications and help to solve any problems or difficulties that may be encountered.
PSHE and Citizenship will be delivered at tutor time and is tailored to suit students’ needs. A key part of this will be developing the understanding of life in modern Britain.
The three-way partnership between the Sixth Form staff, students and parents through regular and planned contact with home has been crucial in our success. Reports on student progress and our parents’ evenings help provide feedback on how students are progressing.
Parents can also request a private meeting with a tutor or subject teacher at any time throughout the academic year. There is always a point of contact for students, teachers and parents, encouraging excellent communication at all times. We also have a Sixth Form Bulletin which is emailed to parents and students to help to keep parents informed of key events and to celebrate student success.
“Smaller class sizes and the focus we get from teachers when they help us with our work have really helped me during my time at Windsor.”
MATHEW BAKER – EARLS
Academic Director of Sixth Form
Head of Year 12
Head of Year 13
Sixth Form Student Manager
Sixth Form Administrators
Whatever students plan to study at Windsor Sixth Form, they will have access to one-to-one advice, guidance and support from experienced staff throughout their course. This will include tutor support, study skills sessions, support with revision, career planning, financial advice and health and welfare support – everything they will need to ensure they succeed in the Sixth Form and help the transition into employment or University. The Sixth Form facilities give students access to the latest technologies, higher education resources and quiet study areas. The Sixth Form Team are available all day ensuring there is always someone to help.
Choosing the right post 16 establishment is an important step. Joining Windsor Sixth Form will offer a range of advantages:
“I have been able to aspire for Universities that I never thought that I would be able to achieve, with the support and encouragement from teachers I am now striving towards a top Russell group University.”
JESSICA WHITE - WINDSOR
Windsor Sixth Form offers an extensive curriculum.
The Level 3 courses available will ensure students have access to subjects that interest them, offer a personal pathway from Key Stage 4 and allow the required combinations to achieve their selected path post 18.
Each type of course offers something different to the student. It is important that these differences are taken into consideration when making option choices.
These courses are studied over two years and examined at the end of Year 13. The structure of advanced courses differs per subject; full details of the content of these courses can be found on our website.
Students achieving a strong set of GCSE results will be expected to take three Advanced Level courses. There is also an opportunity for students to study four if they wish to. Certain subjects have additional minimum grade requirements at GCSE; these are indicated on the courses on offer sheet.
My first year has been a really enjoyable experience; I have made good friends, love all my classes and overall feel welcome.
PHOEBE JONES - THORNS
These courses are also studied over two years; there are a range of subjects on offer. National Certificates are equivalent to one A Level, National Diplomas are equivalent to two A Levels and in Dance you may study a National Extended Diploma equivalent to three A Levels. Consisting mostly of coursework assignments, a BTEC course would suit those students who prefer a different assessment process to examinations. Like all Level 3 courses good independent study skills are vital.
This prestigious research based qualification attracting UCAS points and highly valued by Universities is offered as an option in Sixth Form.
We offer enhancement opportunities for students who are not studying A Level Mathematics but need to develop their Mathematical skills required for other subjects.
The entry requirements to study A Levels at Windsor Sixth Form is 5 A*-C grades with English and Maths (included) at grade 4 or above. In some cases the entry requirements for specific courses may be higher than this due to the demands of the course.
Where students are choosing a subject where a related GCSE has not been taken, the performance in the core subjects will be used as an indicator of suitability.
The Sixth Form Student Union provides a voice to take part in decision making processes across a range of issues of direct concern to Sixth Form students. This group consists of members elected by the students, meeting regularly to take a key role in the development of student facilities, social and charity events and enrichment activities across the Sixth Form.
Community and Volunteering Work
All students have the opportunity to develop their contribution to community and leadership skills while studying at the Sixth Form. Students may lead extra-curricular clubs, mentor younger students in the main school, support teaching of the younger year groups or help out at our Trust schools. An extensive volunteering partnership is also in place with local organisations, as well as through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Students’ contribution and engagement is recorded and this helps students in their applications to University or employment.
The student ambassador role within Sixth Form allows students to enhance and develop a range of skills and leadership qualities. Student ambassadors are representatives of the Sixth Form who work closely with the Sixth Form staff in a variety of ways. Setting up, managing and delivering projects in the community, volunteering at events and promoting the Sixth Form with parents and students are key aspects of their work. Uniquely, student ambassadors help to shape their own role within Sixth Form making this an excellent opportunity for students.
There is a designated enrichment session on a Wednesday afternoon each week. There are a variety of physical activities available for students, designed to offer new opportunities and support a healthy lifestyle. Our Sixth Form teams compete in local, regional and national competitions during this time.
We believe it is vital to offer our students a wide range of enrichment opportunities to complement their studies. The enrichment options enhance the student’s individual development and support their future aspirations.
There are many enrichment opportunities offered such as Photography, Fitness, English Speaking Board exam, Sign Language, Aspiring Educators to name but a few. Students are also able to participate in a range of competitive and recreational sporting activities. We are lucky enough to have the support of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to support our football team and Hagley Golf Club to deliver our golf programme in Sixth Form. Students are also able to participate in dance with our Windsor Dance Academy, where they have the chance to develop their skills further as well as take part in productions within school and local theatres.
We are committed to providing a rounded Sixth Form experience.
Sixth Form Life
Joining our Sixth Form is about social development as well as academic achievement.
Windsor Sixth Form has a very busy social calendar which ensures there will be at least one activity or event to suit every student.
All Sixth Form Students are encouraged to join the various sports clubs and teams, enjoy the range of visits planned, join us on University visits and open days and contribute to the growing international links that the school has established.
“Being a student at Windsor Sixth Form gives you independence whilst still being able to give you the support you need when you need it. I have enjoyed my first year and look forward to continuing into year 13.”
KIERAN SHARMAN - WINDSOR
“Windsor Sixth Form has helped make the transition from GCSE to A Level a lot less difficult. The teachers are always there to provide support and build up confidence through engaging lessons and amazing opportunities given to us throughout the year.”
JENNIFER ROWLEY - WINDSOR
Windsor Sixth Form is the perfect stepping stone from school to University or employment.
There is an extensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) regarding the UCAS procedure and applying for jobs that will be delivered through the Tutor Programme.
All students have the opportunity to participate in a week’s Work Experience which allows them to gain valuable insight into the world of work. We have a variety of links providing students with reliable work placements, giving them the edge for competitive higher education courses.
A variety of external speakers and visits to University open/taster days are arranged from the start of Year 12 to ensure students are given maximum opportunity to consider their options.
Students are encouraged to attend all CEIAG visits and conferences.
All students are given individual support by the Academic Sixth Form Director, Head of Year 12 / Head of Year 13, the school Careers Co-ordinator, Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Student Manager to ensure any decisions and applications they make are of the highest possible standard and reflect their full potential. Students also have access to the Connexions Careers Service.
The Windsor Business Centre is located a few minutes walk away at Trinity Point and will accommodate some Post 16 Business Studies and Economics teaching.
The Business Centre aims to develop enterprise through experience alongside key employability skills in our students, whilst delivering real value within the business community, including job creation.
Students study Business Studies and Economics in a business environment where they have access to mentors and role models from local businesses as well as our many partners, including the University of Birmingham.
The space is state of the art and includes a Directors’ Suite, lecture theatre and wifi throughout.
Students will benefit from studying in a vibrant and professional atmosphere and working alongside business professionals which embodies our ideal of teaching “Business Studies and Economics alongside real Businesses”.
Windsor Academy Trust was formed to improve the quality of education provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. The Trust is clear that young people achieve their best in a climate of high expectations where teachers are motivated and empowered by a clear focus upon teaching and learning.
At WAT we combine a shared experience of primary and secondary schools promoting student and staff collaboration. This raises aspirations across a small family of schools united in their ethos and operation to achieve the very best for all their students.
The relationship has had a massive impact upon improving the quality of the Year 7 experience; as we have so much detail from our primary partners, we can provide genuine continuity and real challenge.
The opportunities to develop skills in leadership for Sixth Form students are fantastic and exciting. So many Windsor Sixth Form students have not only gained experience and developed personally but their work and commitment has changed the lives of primary children in the Trust.
Windsor Sixth Form
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