WELCOME TO WYEDEAN SIXTH FORM CENTRE
Our Ethos: "Aspire Together, Achieve Together"
Our ethos means that we expect our students to work hard, show independence and participate in the wider life of the school and local community. A key element of what makes Wyedean special is the relationship between staff and students and between the students themselves. We expect students to be tolerant, thoughtful, respectful and well-mannered at all times towards staff and each other. We offer a caring, supportive and positive environment where students can dream fantastic dreams and know that staff will work alongside students to make them a reality.
Our Mission Is To
- Inspire and encourage students to ‘dream big’, enjoy the present and relish their future
- Enable students to achieve their goals
- Facilitate outstanding results
- Stretch and challenge all students
- Provide superb care, guidance and support
- Offer an enriching experience that generates debate, enquiry and broadens horizons
- Create a sense of community and generosity of spirit.
A-level results have been outstanding over the past three years. After analysing our results against students' target grades, and those of other schools, Alps has put our performance in the top 25%, nationally. This demonstrates that students make superb academic progress at Wyedean regardless of ability.
Please click HERE to read the press release dated 14/03/18.
Care, Guidance And Support
Wyedean School is well known for its excellent pastoral care and the provision in Sixth Form is no different. Each student will have their own tutor, access to a school nurse and counsellor. We pride ourselves on having warm, friendly and supportive relationships with the students and this encourages a sense of openness and them feeling valued as individuals. No problem or issue is too trivial. Life can be difficult and complicated between the ages of 16 and 18 and we’re well aware of the challenges. The students know that the Sixth Form staff doors are open and the kettle always on.
We organise Taster Days and an Induction Week for those who have made an application. This enables students to decide whether the school and subjects choices are right for them. We set Bridging Tasks over the summer holidays so that Year 12 students can ‘hit the ground running’ with their learning in September. Everyone who applies will receive a guidance interview so that we can support students with making the most appropriate subject choices.
An Enriching Experience
We have a wide range of extra-curricular groups on offer through our Enrichment programme. The programme runs on a Wednesday afternoon and groups are run by teachers, outside volunteers and the students themselves.
These groups provide students with the opportunity to develop existing interests or to try something completely new. The extra-curricular groups include: the Student Newspaper Team, International Team, Events Team, Amnesty International, Charity, Wider School Community, Mentoring, Art, Fashion and Design, Drama, Music and Dance, Sport, Students' Campaigns, Environment and Sustainability.
Opportunities in Computer Science
Wyedean Sixth Form is a National Cyber Security Hub Centre. This provides various opportunities to students and allows us to extend the curriculum in Computer Science. The National Cyber Security Centre work with the school to provide technological equipment, visits, careers links in the aim to encourage more young people into this field of employment.
Students are able to develop their skills through ethical hacking, robotics, gaming, programming and cyber security clubs.
Partnerships with Universities
Our Sixth Form is fortunate to be attached to Lady Margaret Hall College, at Oxford University. The college provides support with applications, informal advice and arranges visits in the summer term for students who are interested in applying to Oxbridge.
We have recently established a partnership with University of Wales, Cardiff. The link means that our Sixth Form students will have access to bespoke HE days, subject-specific Taster Days and 'Masterclass' sessions on particular courses. These opportunities will be of immense value to our students in their quest to improve their education and move on to the next stage of their lives.
Every fortnight we organise a presentation from an outside speaker to inspire our students and get them thinking. Lectures recently have involved talks on law, advertising, apprenticeships, and most notably of all, from Baroness Royall, as part of the Peers in Schools programme.
Trip To Aushwitz-Birkenau
We feel strongly that this trip should be made available to all, not just to History and RS students. We run the trip biannually and stay in the cultural jewel of Poland: Krakow. We use the city as a base to experience Polish culture, its Jewish heritage and, most hard-hitting of all, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Thought For The Day
Each Wednesday our students are given a moral or ethical question to ponder and debate within their tutor group. It’s important that students don’t just focus on their narrow studies but instead think of themselves as citizens and to engage with the latest developments.
Our tutorial programme consists of an hour’s study every Tuesday morning. The sessions are designed to prepare students for the next stage of their lives but also to encourage a sense of debate and enquiry. This year we’ve run sessions on free speech, whether social media is generating a new misogyny and the factors that lead to extremism and radicalisation.
Sense of Community and Generosity of Spirit
Our students, with support from staff, organise a number of charitable events and voluntary schemes; events that 'give something back' to our community and fosters a generosity of spirit within the school. Examples of which includes:
- Donations to Bristol Children’s Hospital
- Mentoring Key Stage 3 & 4 students
- Volunteering at Penguins Nursery
- Volunteering at Offa’s Mead Primary School
- Shoe Box Appeal