Sixth Form Welcome

 As we enter a changing and challenging new phase of post-16 education, the Sixth Form at SWCHS confidently maintains an exciting and varied curriculum as well as stimulating activities out of the class room. If you choose to join our Sixth Form we will help you to achieve your potential, in whatever field that might be.

 The academic performance of our students is outstanding. The progress they made from GCSE in 2016 placed us in the top five percent of sixth forms in England. Over the last three years, our students have made progress that is better (or as good as) all Sixth Form schools and colleges. In 2016, 45% students gained places at Russell Group universities, including six at Oxford or Cambridge and five students going to Medical School or to study Veterinary Medicine. Over 75% of our students achieved a place at their first choice of University. We offer a wide selection of A-Level courses; innovative timetabling enables most students to choose their subject combinations freely, whilst group sizes are kept at an average  of 16 at AS and 13 at A2.

Students are supported by teaching and learning that is of the highest quality, and by the academic and pastoral support of a team of experienced personal tutors, giving one-to- one guidance. Students enjoy newly extended facilities as part of the Saffron Hall development. As well as a state-of- the art concert hall, we have also extended the study and social facilities for the Sixth Form, including a dedicated Study Centre with over 100 computers available from 8.00am to 6.00pm every day and in the holidays. A great innovation which started in 2014 is the post-16 Music Academy. The Academy aims to attract talented musicians from a wide area, by providing excellent opportunities to develop their musical abilities and perform in Saffron Hall, our world class concert venue.

Our Sixth Form is about more than academic success, as one of our students said to Ofsted inspectors: ‘We are encouraged to be well-rounded individuals, not just academically successful.’ We believe the Sixth Form is a stepping stone to higher education or employment and encourage students to develop the skills needed to succeed in an independent environment.

Our students are capable of great things, as seen by the way the Sixth Form runs our whole school charity fundraising every Christmas. Our Project Managers run events in lower school and our Learning Mentor Team supports younger students.

The students themselves determine the extent and format of their social events and the Student Union provides a student voice in Sixth Form management and academic developments.

Our students are actively involved in the wider community, running our famous Senior Citizens Christmas party as well as enjoying exchange visits to Romania, France and China, plus a thriving Gold Duke of Edinburgh cohort. I am amazed by the depth of talent amongst our students. Drama, Art, Music and Sport all flourish here, both at a competitive and social level. Probably our best advertisement is our students - meet them at our Open Evening in November. I would thoroughly recommend that you come along to experience first-hand the inspiring ethos of our Sixth Form.

Helen Cox

Director of Sixth Form