University admissions tutors and employers are increasingly looking for evidence of involvement in activities outside the classroom. The wide range of activities and courses available to you in the Sixth Form will help to enhance your team-working, leadership and communication skills. They may also help you to develop a new interest or hobby.
Sixth Form enrichment afternoons take place each Wednesday and students can opt to take part in recreational or competitive sport, community/volunteer work or complete an additional qualification such as First Aid or the English Speaking Board.
As well as being able to participate in a wide variety of societies, clubs and groups, Sixth Form students are invited to apply for internal leadership posts such as school officers, house officers, prefects and peer mentors, many of which involve working with younger students.
Along with other students, Sixth Formers also take part in sporting and cultural visits, debating societies, business enterprise activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme, sports clubs, art exhibitions, choir, orchestra and school productions. They also enjoy visits from speakers as diverse as charity representatives, MPs, and motivational speakers.
Hannah Patel, Deputy Head Girl 2014 – 2015
Westholme Enterprises Scheme
Through the Westholme Enterprises Scheme, students develop business skills and hone their entrepreneurial flair by running their own Private Limited Company. 21st century skills such as determination, optimism and emotional intelligence are woven into the exciting academic curriculum and provision outside of the classroom. INSPIRED Sixth Form also provides the opportunity for students to produce and broadcast news programmes. Westholme School Student News (WSS News) is an impressive team of dedicated students working together to develop skills in technology and media.
Preparing for the Future
In June 2019, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reported that nearly half of all employers found young people were not ready for the world of work; broader skills are needed, such as real-world experience, creativity, application of knowledge, leadership, independence and problem-solving. The INSPIRED Westholme Sixth Form is predicated on providing the right balance of holistic education that not only prepares students for their destination but also equips them with skills that will sustain a successful, professional career. The students get the best of both: freedom to develop essential attributes in a fun and relaxed environment whilst benefitting from personalised provision that fully supports their career aspirations.
Sixth Formers also have the option to attend careers courses and university open days. In addition, students are able to participate in a practice session with external interviewers from academic, industrial and commercial institutions.
Our students are also able to benefit from our extensive network of former students and alumni who are happy to share their experiences of universities and careers and provide valuable contacts and work placements.
Sixth Form News
A special awards ceremony was held in the Lecture Theatre this afternoon for students in Lower Sixth who had not received their GCSE certificates last year in our usual annual awards ceremony, due to Covid-19.