Sixth Form Welcome

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

As we continue in 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 outside the class room. If you join our Sixth Form, we will help you achieve your potential, in whatever field that might be.
The academic performance of our students is outstanding. The progress they made from GCSE placed us in the top five percent of sixth forms in England. Over the last three years, our students have made progress that is amongst the best in all Sixth Form schools and colleges. In 2018, 36% of students gained places at Russell Group universities, including all our applicants for Medicine and Oxbridge who achieved their grades for a place. A record of 10 students achieved a place at Durham, the most competitive UK university (on paper). The majority of our students achieved a place at their first choice of University.
We offer a wide selection of A-Level and BTEC courses; innovative timetabling enables most students to choose their subject combinations freely, whilst group sizes are kept at an average of 18. Students are supported by teaching and learning 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 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 most days and in the holidays. The post-16 Music Academy is also a great innovation. It aims to attract talented musicians from a wide area by providing exceptional 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 independently. Our students are capable of great things, as seen by the way the Sixth Form Committee runs the whole school charity fundraising every Christmas, raising over £10,000 last year. Project Managers run events in Lower School and the Learning Mentor Team supports younger students. The Student Union provides a student voice in Sixth Form management, and the Council takes an active role in teaching and learning. Our students are actively involved in the wider community, running the Senior Citizens Christmas party as well as enjoying exchange visits to France, Germany, Italy, Chicago and China. There is also a thriving Gold Duke of Edinburgh cohort.
I am constantly amazed by the depth of talent amongst our students. Drama, Art, Music and Sport all flourish here, both at a competitive and social level. Our best advertisement is our students - meet them at the Open Evening in November and read about them in various publications and in the local press. I would thoroughly recommend that you experience for yourself the inspiring ethos of our Sixth Form.
Helen Cox
Director of Sixth Form