What will the sixth form be like?
Waldegrave Sixth Form is a friendly co-educational sixth form of 280 students offering a wide range of A Levels and excellent pastoral care. Selected vocational courses, GCSE or equivalent, will also be offered. Students will have an outstanding tutorial programme and a wide range of extra curricular activities, trips, visits and work experience that will set our students apart when applying for university. Waldegrave Sixth Form students will be separate from the school but they will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the wider Waldegrave community that will help prepare them for their next steps.
Why should students study in the sixth form at Waldegrave?
Waldegrave has a reputation for outstanding teaching, care and guidance for our current students and this excellence will continue into the sixth form where students will have the opportunity to study with staff who know them well and are highly qualified subject specialists. There are state of the art new facilities fully equipped to provide for the needs of the sixth form. Finally we believe that the wider experiences and enrichment offer is central to our ethos. We want our sixth form students to work hard and play hard because they should enjoy learning, feel empowered and achieve great results.
What will the timetable be like?
Students will choose 4 AS levels and then most students will take 3 subjects through to A level? Students will have two hours of enrichment every week in Year 12 and 1.5 hours of tutorial time for study skills and PHSE. Each student will also have work periods on their timetable and they will be expected to work in the study base during this time. The school site will be open until 6pm Monday to Thursday for study support and use of the library and IT facilities.
What is Waldegrave doing about the changes to A Levels?
At present we continue to expect all students to study 4 AS subjects. Most subjects will take the AS exam in June but not all. We will review this decisions for September 2018 in line with national guidance. For more information on this topic click here.
What extra activities will be on offer?
There are considerable additional opportunities for students in the sixth form which include competitive sport for boys and girls, recreational sport, enrichment clubs, AS Extended Project, AS Critical Thinking, university visits, master classes, debating society, charity and community projects and cultural enrichment. Visits to theatres, galleries and museums will form a rich thread through the Waldegrave Sixth Form experience. All our sixth form students take part in work experience and job shadowing to help them make critical decisions about their future careers. There are also a range of team sports, elite coaching and personal fitness opportunities for sixth form students to access across the year. From September 2017 Students will be able to work towards the Sixth Form Mayors Award which will recognise their committment to involving themselves in the life of the school, the local community and their personal development.
What is the sixth form building like?
There is a brand new Waldegrave Sixth Form block including a café, social and study areas which will have excellent ICT facilities. It includes a new 4 court sports hall and some refurbishment of areas across the school. The sixth form block is for students in Year 12 and 13. Waldegrave Sixth Form students may have some specialist lessons, such as music or art, in the main school. We have recently opened a new Performing arts block with specialist facilities for Music, Drama and Dance.
Will there be careers advice?
Specialist careers advice will be given. Planning for successful progression to university, training or employment will form the backbone of the sixth form experience. Additional coaching will be provided for applications to competitive universities such as Oxbridge and The Russell Group and courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Students will be supported through this process carefully so that they can make informed decisions and prepare for the next step. Each study programme will include employability skills, knowledge of the labour market and specific work experience that links to each students career or HE pathway.
Will there be computers that students can use in school to study?
Yes, there will be a IT suits, Lap tops and PC's in the sixth form study area for use by students in and out of lessons. Students will also be able to bring their own devices into school.
Will there be boys?
Yes, both girls and boys can apply for a place in the sixth form. We will continue to admit only girls into Years 7 to 11.
Will current Waldegrave students be guaranteed a place?
No, there are places for 140 students, including boys, in each year. There is an admissions policy including full criteria for oversubscription. Please see document on the right of this page.
Will there be a Head of Year?
Mrs Page is Director of Sixth Form. Mr Bannister is Head of Year 12 and Ms Shearman is Head of Year 13.
Will sixth form students be in a tutor group?
Yes, there will be sixth form tutor groups to offer excellent pastoral care with a programme of activities to inform, support and guide students through sixth form life. Tutor time will be an important part of the study programme and will include academic monitoring, study skills, well-being and a range of issues that relate to life after sixth form.
Will there be a uniform?
No, but there will be a smart dress code. We expect students to dress smartly in the sixth form and they will have the same dress code as other adults in the school.
Will students be allowed to bring phones to school?
Yes, we will have clear guidance on phones so that they do not disrupt lessons.
Will students be allowed to bring laptops to school?
Yes, there will be secure internet access in the new sixth form building which will also be developed across the school.
Will students be able to park cars on site?
There will be no parking for students on site or in the surrounding streets. It will be a planning condition for opening the sixth form that students continue to use public transport or walk so that we do not impinge on our neighbours. Transport links are excellent with nearby Strawberry Hill and Fulwell rail stations or bus routes 281, 490, 110, H22, 267, 290, R70.
Will students be able to smoke at school?
No, we do not allow staff or sixth form students to smoke on site.
How do I apply?
Students wishing to apply for September 2017 should apply on-line via UCAS Progress from Saturday 1 October. Please check the school website nearer the time for more advice. The closing date for applications is Friday 12th January.
Updated July 2017