Welcome to Westholme’s Co-educational Sixth Form
Education for Boys and Girls aged 16-18 years
Welcome to Westholme’s Co-Educational Sixth Form which is now an exciting place for both male and female young adults to continue their post 16 education. The two years which students spend in the Sixth Form are packed full of new experiences and opportunities and, along with the hard work which A Levels bring, there is plenty of time for expanding horizons and gaining valuable life skills including leadership, cooperation and teamwork as well as self-motivation and time management.
For students joining Westholme at 16 and for current pupils, the start of Sixth Form marks a new stage in their education; one of independence, choice and personal development. Our Sixth Form Centre, is based at the Senior School site but provides Sixth Form students with the private space they need to learn in the classroom, study independently and to socialise.
Westholme’s Sixth Form is much more than a place to gain qualifications. It is a bridge between school and higher education or employment where you will enjoy developing skills, making new friends and taking responsibility as a member of a caring and vibrant community.
Within our website you will find links to our prospectus where you will find summaries of the subjects available at A Level as well as other options available to Sixth Form students. You will also find an outline of our curriculum enrichment programme, approach to study skills and independent learning along with careers and university applications guidance. As well as a varied curriculum you will find that the Sixth Form also has a wealth of co curricular activities and other opportunities on offer, all of which mean that life at Westholme is extremely fulfilling.
Mrs Rachel Waldron
Head of Sixth Form
Why Choose Westholme?
There are many reasons to join our fantastic Sixth Form. These are three aims that summarise our ethos:
You will achieve your full potentialClass sizes are small; teaching and specialist facilities are excellent. As a consequence, standards are extremely high and each year our external examination results and value added show that our students exceed their expectations. The vast majority of our students go on to further education and a large proportion obtain places at their first choice university, whether in the UK or abroad.
Our excellent, individual pastoral care is provided by a specialist team of Sixth Form tutors and the Head of Sixth Form. They also work closely with the Academic and Pastoral Deputy Heads to monitor individual academic progress. Individual target setting is used and this forms the basis for much individual one to one discussion between students and tutors.
You will gain many life skills that will help you succeed in the futureFuture success is no longer just about obtaining excellent exam results. Every university and employer wants to see the real person behind the results: to find out about you! The myriad of opportunities and activities available to you will ensure you are able to develop as an individual and create a CV or personal statement that will truly impress. As a member of the senior section of Westholme you will have the opportunity to lead, mentor and be role models for younger students developing invaluable skills for your future workplace. There will be a wide programme of activities that allow you to develop team-working, leadership and life skills through an incredible array of co curricular activities and our extensive enrichment and PSHE curriculum.
You will enjoy an exciting and fulfilling two years; it’s not just about hard work!Hard work, dedication and determination are, without doubt, important attributes for the Sixth Form. But it is also important to enjoy the time you spend at Westholme and we hope you will acquire life long memories. Our social facilities, activities, trips, visits, house competitions, visits, lectures and much more will ensure you make the most of everyday; coming to Sixth Form will never be dull. Our Sixth Form students develop friendships that last a lifetime and whenever our strong Alumni network return to school they are always full of stories about the fun, excitement and support they received at Westholme.
At Westholme we consider the Sixth Form as a half way house before going on to Higher Education. We therefore feel it is important that the facilities reflect this, as you will see below.
Westholme Sixth form offers the following A Levels:
*May be offered at AS and/or A Level dependent on demandCurriculum Enrichment
National examination reform introduced by the Government has created new courses A Level.
AS qualifications are no longer modular and do not comprise 50% of an A Level; they are therefore standalone qualifications. From the academic year 2017/18 our Sixth Formers will sit their A Level examinations at the end of their Upper Sixth year as a linear course.
For more information on these changes please follow this link to Ofqual
At a Glance
- Smaller class sizes
- Dedicated teaching from experts in their field
- Superb pastoral care
- Unequalled academic support
- Outstanding academic results
- First class links with top universities
- 24 A-level subjects
- Dedicated Sixth Form social area
- Huge range of co curricular activities
- Excellent facilities including a fully fitted fitness studio, swimming pool, dance and drama studio, full sized professional theatre and a design and technology suite.
- Real leadership opportunities
- Outstanding UCAS support including careful preparation of Personal Statements and References by our specialist Sixth Form Tutor Team
A Summary of the Sixth Form Journey
Starting Sixth Form
Sixth Form is a time when you’ve finally left behind the subjects you disliked at GCSE and you’re now able to concentrate on subjects that genuinely interest you. What’s more, you’re working towards studying your favourite subject at university. Although A-levels are harder work than GCSEs, you’ll find that you really enjoy Sixth Form and the new challenges it brings. When it comes to A-level study, you don’t just have to rely on textbooks to get you through your course material. Try to utilise as many different resources as you can, as this will give you different ways of looking at the syllabus that will help you absorb information more easily.
A Level Studies
A Levels are very different from GCSEs, they are a step up academically but should also be an exciting time in your education as you have chosen what to study. Organisation and effective time management are vital and at Westholme you will have a lot of support to help you get this right. Stay on top of homework, use study periods wisely and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your teachers if there’s something you don’t quite understand. The start of Sixth Form is the ideal time to get into some good study habits, as these will help you get the best possible A Level grades, as well as standing you in good stead for university.
Your first year of A Levels is when you start thinking seriously about applying to university. You may already have an idea of what you want to study, but now is the time to firm up your decision and start thinking about where you might want to study this course. With your university application in mind, your first year of A Levels is a good time to start building up some more relevant experience and knowledge to talk about in your personal statement. Reading widely around your chosen subject is a must, but there are additional things you can be doing to showcase a diverse set of skills such as taking an additional qualification, volunteer work or taking on leadership roles.