At The Westgate School Sixth Form we take great pleasure in seeing the journey our students take from the transition to secondary school and adapting to Key Stage 3, rising to the challenges of GCSE's at Key Stage 4 through to specialising their education and raising their future aspirations in our Sixth Form. We are proud of the transformation they make into mature young adults as we ensure they are equipped both academically and personally to make the huge leap into the world of work through an apprenticeship or go on to study at University.
Within the Sixth Form we ensure students secure a personalised learning pathway and we provide a wide variety of courses which include both A Level and Vocational courses. Our curriculum set up allows the opportunity for students to follow either:
- A Level
- BTEC course
- Hybrid (mixture of A Level and BTEC courses)
Our teaching and learning is of the highest standard and is regularly monitored to ensure students receive the best education and opportunities, built upon the high levels of progress made lower in the school. The support we provide for every student in deciding their next steps is outstanding, as we utilise our Careers Lead & Business Engagement Coordinator, with the main objective being, to embrace the careers opportunities we have on our door step and to help students network with potential employers.
Our Higher Education Coordinator leads on the Extended Certificate Qualification (EPQ) and coaching students in the various pathway applications to ensure that our students have choice and control of their futures. Our Sixth Form has a strong track record or ensuring Post 19 pathways and this year we once again surpassed the national average of students going to higher level apprenticeships or university, with a percentage of 93%.
The Sixth Form team consists of 14 members of staff, 8 of which are tutors whom have daily contact with their students. We provide pastoral and academic support and interventions, alongside one to one guidance to secure University and Apprenticeships pathways Post 19. In addition, students can be a prefect, mentor students, contribute to the school and local community and gain work experience throughout their time in Year 12. Students are always encouraged to seek opportunities in every aspect, in and out of school and view this as a learning experience.
Every year I am excited to see what a new cohort can accomplish and each year I am overwhelmed at what our young people are capable of at The Westgate School.
Mr R Clark - Head of Sixth Form