Welcome To The Sixth Form
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For those seeking a Sixth Form experience where excellence is the aim for all, Wollaston is the centre for you. With our track record of consistent high achievement and our recently extended and modified facilities, we will be able to equip you with all you need to develop and become the best you can be.
Despite the difficulties of recent years our students achieved some excellent results in the summer, having worked extremely hard through a rigorous assessment process. We are extremely proud of the fact that achieving the high grades secured their future positions, whichever path they chose. As a result, all who applied successfully secured their places at university; these included students studying at Oxford, training to become a vet or starting a career through high level apprenticeships. We pride ourselves on the wide curriculum choice available at Wollaston, and therefore we were thrilled to students again securing positions in the arts for their next step.
It is not only A-Level results that are impressive – we are proud of the achievements of all our students and those who chose a more vocational route, opting for BTEC National qualifications in Health Studies, Sports Studies, Travel and Tourism or Public Services surpassed themselves with outstanding results. A testament to the hard work of both the students and the staff who supported them. These students have now given themselves a secure basis for a range of careers including joining one of the services or working in the NHS.
Our Sixth Form has been recently modernised and refurbished, allowing us to improve our dedicated Study Centre, with Wi-Fi access for all students. A Sixth Form Café operates throughout the school day for our students helping them to develop greater independence in the way they structure their day. Our unrelenting focus is on helping students to realise their potential. To this end we have established links with a wide range of local and national employers. A Medical Society operates to support students who wish to enter the medical profession, while those students who aspire to study at Oxford or Cambridge universities take part in our Oxbridge Preparation Programme. We have a strong and supportive alumni voice and former students are often to be found in school giving advice and guidance to our current students.
Our students have a voice! As well as developing academically we encourage and support students to develop personally. Students lead assemblies for younger students, act as peer mentors, support New Year 7 students, and lead Primary school sports festivals and play an important role as Head Boy or Girl. We have a strong student leadership focus in our Sixth Form and students are involved at all levels of the school.
Our Sixth Form continues to be a varied, exciting and aspirational community: an annual Careers Fair consistently welcomes over thirty local, national and international employers, university and training providers. Visits also take place toa range of locations, this year including Rome and Krakow as well as informative sessions closer to home such as the Midlands UCAS Higher Education Convention and the Wellingborough inter-school Sixth Form Olympics. To develop both cultural awareness and key characteristics such as team work and communication students are also given the opportunity to attend theatre productions in the West End and team-building assault courses. We believe that as a Sixth Form students should be able to explore a wide range of activities of this nature, developing themselves as young adults as well as successful students.
The first thing you will notice about life in the Sixth Form is that your relationship with your teachers has changed. The learning process becomes much more of a partnership between yourself and your teachers; you will quickly learn that they are there to help you fulfil your potential.
The Sixth Form years offer greater freedom and opportunity, but along with this freedom comes more responsibility. It is a time for you to take control of your own destiny; an exciting time when you will make big decisions as you prepare for higher education, employment and your future career.
You may find that A Level and BTEC is the most difficult work you have ever studied. The amount you are expected to cover, in lessons and in free time, is greater than you thought possible for any single student! At the same time, you will be looking forward to greater freedom and privileges. You may need help to get the balance right between your academic and social pursuits.
Everything is in place at Wollaston School to help you make these adjustments. We are not a Sixth Form College and our smaller size allows us to retain a genuine sense of community and for teaching staff to offer focused individual support. Our dedicated and experienced team offers advice that will guide you through your Sixth Form studies.
Yes, there will be high expectations, but we want you to leave Wollaston School believing that everything you strive for is possible. You will explore exciting and extensive opportunities, be encouraged to be inquisitive and to innovate, to face challenge, take responsibility and show leadership, and to be a force for good in the school community.
Welcome to our Sixth Form. I am sure you will enjoy your time here.
Mr T Mills – Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form