Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
Sixth form area
A major part of sixth form life are the structures and support we put in place to help you grow and achieve to your fullest potential. Our experienced and caring team provides support that is second to none; challenging, encouraging and nurturing you to be the best you can while helping you maintain a sense of perspective, plan for your future and have a lot of fun along the way.
Our aim is to help you to acquire the skills, qualifications and experiences that will enable you to progress to the next stage in your life journey, whether that's employment, apprenticeship, university or gap year. We have high expectations of both ourselves and you, and a long record of success in helping our students to fulfil their ambitions, whatever they may be. Joining us, you will benefit from access to a wide range of bespoke support programmes to help you decide upon and work towards your goals; from enrichment support to both broaden your horizons and ensure you have the 'soft skills' needed post-18, to our bespoke support programmes for those targeting Higher Apprenticeships, medicine, Oxbridge or highly competitive courses in the Russell Group.
Alongside the staff team, Wellsway Sixth Form has an incredibly strong and supportive student body. Led by the Head Students and a team of Officers and Ambassadors, the student body gives you a genuine say in how the sixth form is run. from designing the Common Room to bringing sixth forms across the WMAT together through the student run Icebreaker parties.
We are large enough to offer a broad range of courses and extra-curricular opportunities, yet small enough to be personal and individually supportive. We are a large and growing Sixth Form that gives students the opportunities to make new friendships and strengthen old ones. We believe Wellsway Sixth Form is the perfect environment for students who want to excel, and to have a great time doing so.
We are delighted to welcome you to Wellsway School’s Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening for students looking to join us in September 2021.
Until we are able to welcome you in person we hope you enjoy these videos. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have via email@example.com.
Please see the WMAT Sixth Form prospectus (Pdf) for more information.
Current Year 11 students will be instructed to complete an internal application form via Insight.
External students, please complete the Year 12 Application Form to register your interest
Sixth Form at Wellsway School
Sixth Form at SBL Academy
How to apply
Our sixth form is about freedom, responsibility and opportunity, in many ways you get out of it what you put into it. The sixth form centre has high expectations and aspirations and expects students to have them too. We will encourage you to have an open mind and to think critically as you learn and progress.
Young people are increasingly required to make complex decisions about their future at an earlier age than ever before. There is a comprehensive programme of careers education and our Careers Advisory Service gives you the chance to fully explore possible progression choices. In the sixth form we ensure that all students are supported to achieve their goals. Last year, again all Year 13 leavers progressed to university, further education, apprenticeships or employment.
Support for your progress
We don’t just expect success at Wellsway, we actively support you in achieving it. The secret of success is developing the ability to study and plan work effectively. Not all students will find this easy, but there is ongoing support available from personal tutors and teachers that know you to help you achieve your full potential.
Something for everyone
Wellsway’s offer alone is broad and ever increasing based on student voice each year. Being part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, significantly increases the opportunities available to you both in terms of the courses on offer and the expertise that the schools each have. This includes the newly built engineering facilities at the IKB academy.
It’s not just work, work, work
At Wellsway School, we want you to be academically successful but also to have fun. Outside of lessons, you can utilise the exclusive Sixth Form Common Room and Shades for food and drink. Throughout your time in Post-16, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities from school productions, to helping in the school community, from running charity events, the opportunity to continue with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and to be part of our new international expedition. As a sixth form student, you are also entitled to a discounted membership to the school gym.
Whether you are targeting a place at university or planning to begin your career, Wellsway Sixth Form is organised to give you the support you need to develop, and the space you need to flourish.
Our specialist teachers and support staff are highly qualified and experienced at inspiring students like you to make the most of your talents, and to discover new ones.
In Wellsway Sixth Form we regard ourselves as a community focused on delivering excellent support to students both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you are looking for new challenges, struggling with your workload or dealing with issues outside of the sixth form, there are staff and structures in place to ensure you will be successful.
Your own space
Sixth form is a different experience to being at school. You’re older, more independent and you study and work in different ways. That’s why we have a dedicated custom built area for sixth form students in addition to the whole school facilities and resources. In the Sixth Form Centre you can work collaboratively or on your own in one of the quiet rooms using the dedicated sixth form IT facilities. You can even grab a snack or a hot drink from Shades, our cafe in the Common Room.
Throughout your time at Wellsway, you will have a personalised study programme. You will receive regular reports and feedback on your progress and attainment from your tutor and subject teachers. You will meet with your tutor for mentoring meetings where your progress will be reviewed and targets, both academic and personal, will be set. Our tutor groups, in which you will mix and work with both Year 12 and 13 students, ensures that you will be able to nurture and develop both new and existing friendships, as well as be part of a supportive community of learners.
Advice and coaching for what’s next
Our personalised tutor system means that we know you well, which in turn means we can give you the best advice. When it comes to applying to university, further courses, apprenticeships or employment we can offer you sound advice and information as well as extensive support in developing your applications and personal statements.
We have a broad offer of courses, to suit a variety of students, which is frequently reviewed and developed using feedback from students.
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or better including either Maths, English Language or English Literature; if you do not attain one of either Maths or English, you will need to re-take it as part of your sixth form programme. If you are taking one of the A Level Sciences or Psychology, but are not taking either another Science or Maths alongside it, you will need to take Core Maths as an additional subject.
To be enrolled on a course, you will also need to meet the individual subject entry requirement for each course; these are listed on the subject information sheets below
How many courses should I take?
The vast majority of our students will study three courses, except where a Maths/Further Maths combination is taken. If you have an exceptionally high GCSE average score you might also want to consider a fourth subject, or the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We will discuss what is best for you at interview.
All our A Levels are two year courses, with no AS Levels taken.
Which courses should I take?
That is difficult to answer. There are specific routes for some pathways such as Medicine and Veterinary Science, but many others are more difficult to pin down. You can find links to a variety of helpful websites in the Careers section of our website.
If you are unsure as to your future pathway, you may want to keep your options open. Pick subjects that you enjoy, are good at, and that may have common ground with each other. There is also a list of subjects that more of the top universities ask for when making offers - called 'facilitating subjects'. If you choose one or more of these, it helps to keep more options open down the line.
These are - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, German, Geography, History, English Literature.
If you are unsure, have a look at the links below which give some further information about course content, grading demands and potential pathways post-18.
The WMAT partnership
Wellsway works in partnership with the WMAT Sixth Forms at SBL and IKB schools. Whilst Wellsway’s offer is broad, our partnership further enhances this so we can offer a much wider variety of subjects.
This means that you can choose to study at one centre alone or, if you wish, you have a wonderful opportunity to make the best use of the courses, resources and opportunities at our partner schools. If you need to travel between schools for particular lessons, you can choose your ‘home centre’ and transport is organised from door-to-door for you!
Current Year 11 students will be instructed to complete an internal application form via Insight.
External students, please complete the Year 12 Application Form to register your interest.
Keeping up to date
We will keep you up to speed with things through letters, the ammonite for Wellsway students, and you can follow us on twitter @wellswaysixth.
At Wellsway we believe that the students' themselves should be actively involved in how the sixth form develops.
We believe that all students in the sixth form have skills and experience that students in the main school can and will benefit from; we therefore expect all students to develop their leadership skills by becoming involved as volunteers. This will take many forms, from helping to organise house activities in conjunction with the Heads of Houses and House Leaders, to supporting younger students with their studies in and out of classes. It might involve helping the IT technicians maintain the computer provision or helping the Performing Arts department organise school productions. There are a wide range of opportunities to suit all students in the sixth form; becoming involved in these activities will form a key part of your study programme.
All Year 12 students also have enrichment activities as part of their timetables, once per week, so that they can develop their skills outside of the classroom and also switch off from study a little! All students take the 'Transition into Year 12' programme in Term 1, then students choose from a range of options in Terms 2 - 5 which currently include sports and fitness, uni meals, mindfulness and conversational Spanish and Manarin with further sessions being developed.
The Officer and Ambassador Team
There are 11 Officers and 26 Ambassadors that represent the views of student body to the sixth form leadership team. Each has undergone a rigorous interview process, and everyone in these positions have been elected by the staff and Years 11 - 13.
The Officers and Ambassadors are organised into teams with specific areas of responsibility including Publications, Sports, Business, Events, Enrichment, STEM, Community Action and Performing and Visual Arts. They meet once a week to discuss and work on the issues raised by fellow students and create opportunities for other students and support both the sixth form and whole school; they run the Icebreaker parties, Challenge Cup events, charity fund raisers, support with school productions and events, organise trips abroad such as CERN, run clubs for younger years and much, much more.
These positions offer students fantastic opportunities to take responsibility and shape their environment that are simply not available at many other schools. As role models working with students, teachers, members of the community and visiting professionals, our Officers and Ambassadors undertake real roles with real responsibilities to guide the future direction of the sixth form.
Inter-tutor Challenge Cup
Year 12 and 13 team up in tutor groups to compete for this prestigious cup, in a series of events over the whole year. Conceived originally to both bring the sixth form together in a fun and inclusive way with events ranging from the panto, challenge to leadership training day, it offers plenty of opportunities to develop skills in an informal way.
A Level courses have gone through a period of significant change, reducing coursework elements and moving into linear assessment where grades are decided at the end of 2 years; vocational courses now have examined elements.
Students need to be independent in their study, and understand how to develop their study skills as well as learn how to make best use of their independent study time (times when you do not have a timetabled lesson). We help you manage this transition in a multitude of ways including through dedicated development sessions with the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form. Our enrichment and tutor system ensures you will regularly work with both Year 12 and 13 students so that you are able to learn from students who have already 'been through it'.
If you are joining us from another school, we work hard with you to make sure your transition into sixth form is as smooth as possible. Our new students this year have described feeling ‘very supported and settled’ as they start sixth form.
From specialist subject support sessions, group sessions with peers to simply having access to teachers outside of lesson times we provide a wide range of opportunities to help you consolidate or accelerate your learning and a wealth of resources readily available to you. We also have a first class Inclusion Centre to help students with specialist needs and exam access arrangements.
Supporting Success and Revision Planning Help
Students are expected to dress appropriately for the task of learning and being a part Wellsway School. A smart appearance is therefore expected of all students in the Wellsway community.
The following should not be worn:
The Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form will act as final arbiter where students are uncertain. This decision will be regarded as final.
Students at Wellsway have excellent attendance, and we ask them to aim for 100%. This applies to lessons, tutor time, assemblies, development sessions, enrichment activities, seminars and support sessions. An ALPS Study (2013) found that those sixth form students with 95% attendance on average gained at least one grade above academically equivalent students on 85% - which speaks for itself.
Students are able to utilise their independent study time (non-contact periods) as they wish. We ask all students to attend tutor time and period 1 and 2 each day. If you do not have a lesson period 1 or 2 you can complete independent study in the study room. After period 2, students are free to leave site if they have no lessons.
If you are unable to attend Sixth Form due to illness, a parent or carer should ring the absence line (0117 916 1030) before 8:30am on the day of each absence to ensure your teachers are informed.
All holidays should be taken outside of term time.
Our tutor system
We have experienced Personal Tutors who work alongside the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form to help support you throughout your time with us.
Tutor seminars take place from 8.45 - 9.05am Monday to Friday. You work closely with both Year 12 and Year 13 students in these sessions, developing skills outside of academia that will help you flourish both in sixth form and in life beyond. This is taken further in our Year 12 transition programme in Term 1, where we work with you to develop the skills you need to make a successful transition from Year 11 into Year 12.
As soon as you begin Sixth Form you will complete an audit of your strengths and areas for development, and start to build a record of your achievements. You will record your employability skills and academic progress throughout the year, as well as all of your other achievements both here and outside of school. This is used to help us understand and maximise your strengths and address areas for development to ensure that when you need a reference for university or the world of work, we can provide information that is accurate, informed and individual.
Support with study
We run a variety of support programmes throughout the year including:
Sixth form bursary
At the start of each academic year, eligible students are able to apply for a bursary that is intended to help students who may need financial assistance to enable them to study.
Spaces to study, and relax in
Sixth form students have access to large, dedicated and bespoke spaces to support them with their studies and to provide a social space to relax. Upstairs, the study room provides a space where you can work individually in study pods, in small quiet groups or individually on computers. It is also equipped with data points where you can plug in your laptop/ tablet, and has free Wi-Fi. Downstairs is the Common Room where you can relax or study as you wish. Food and drink is available from the Shades cafe.
Our bespoke Challenge Futures group is part of our whole school Challenge Programme. It helps students progress to the most competitive universities and courses in the country. The group runs from Years 11 -13 and is overseen by our Director of Sixth Form.
The group is supported by a variety of organisations including Oxford University, Cambridge University, Bath University, Bristol University, medical colleges and others. The programme is designed to give students an edge when applying to the most competitive courses in the country. Students are supported with research, interview technique, personal statement preparation, relevant work experience and pre-admissions tests. You will also receive subject/course specific mentoring from senior teachers, ex-students who have been and gone through the process and our extensive contacts at top universities and other institutions. We are proud to have helped students' go into a wide variety of fields from medicine to veterinary science, law to architecture, maths to sport, creative arts to management and many more at a variety of Russell Group and other leading universities across the country.
In addition to this our Higher Apprenticeships and Employment group extensively supports students who wish to pursue these avenues post-18. The group works with local and national providers in a regular programme of specialist events throughout Year 12 and 13 to ensure our students' obtain these highly competitive places, recently placing them with KPMG, the MoD, the Lloyds group, Babcock and more.
These can be found in exam results and performance tables.
Where do students go once they have studied here? University, apprenticeships, work, around the world!
In 2020 71% of our Year 13 students went on to university with over 42% going to Russell Group universities (24 leading UK universities), which is well above local and national averages. Many more of our students went on to other top universities not included in the Russell Group, such as Bath University.
Support with careers throughout Sixth Form
We have dedicated careers team in School who can offer students bespoke advice:
Mrs A Millard – Careers Education & Guidance Coordinator
Mrs M Millard – Independent Careers Advisor for Wellsway MAT
Students can book appointments, or drop in, to get careers advice.
Sixth Form is not just preparation for university; the world is much wider than that. Throughout your two years in Sixth Form we support and prepare you for progression onto a variety of routes through activities such as:
We value high quality work experience, which is a great opportunity for you to gain experience and skills within a particular industry in which you may be interested and that would support UCAS/ Higher Apprenticeship applications and interviews. We encourage you to seek out these opportunities in school holidays.
Students largely organise their own placements, but our Careers Hub are happy to assist. Getting quality placements is difficult and increasingly competitive, and so students need to be organised, persistent and determined when applying. Students who are considering studying in the areas of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science will also want to organise work shadowing placements.
Please remember: if anyone in your household has symptoms, you should all isolate until the result of the Covid test is known. If the result is positive you will all need to continue to isolate in line with national guidelines.