> 6th Form
Coping with the demands of moving from pre to post 16 education can be demanding and at Fairwater Sixth Form we ensure that this transition is as smooth and successful as possible.
The ethos and atmosphere in the Sixth Form is positive and vibrant with a strong sense of community. The aim is to give students the skills, opportunities and qualifications needed to progress. A strong academic curriculum supported by outstanding extra-curricular provision helps students develop as individuals with the necessary skills to be successful in adult life.
The standards and results are excellent and stand up very well against other schools in the borough with a 100% pass rate for students obtaining 2 or more A levels. We offer an extensive and challenging range of examination subjects and courses. Students are able to choose programmes from a wide variety of A-Level/BTEC Level 3 subjects as well as a variety of other courses leading to GCSE and other qualifications. The quality of teaching and breadth of curriculum ensures students consistently achieve the best possible standards in their public examinations. Our Welsh Baccalaureate programme offers students a breadth of options each year and provides enrichment and skills development opportunities. It allows students to develop personal interests and individual skills and complete work experience and community volunteering.
We have a dedicated team of tutors and teaching staff in the sixth form who are always prepared to go the extra mile in supporting students in achieving their goals. Each student is allocated to a tutor group led by a Personal Tutor who looks after the general and academic welfare of that student. We have an excellent data tracking system that formally monitors student progress every half term and if any student falls behind swift intervention activities are implemented to support them until they get back on track. Parents are involved in supporting students’ education; they regularly receive reports on progress, attend consultation evenings and are contacted when it is felt that they need to be involved.
The tutorial programme is delivered by the sixth form leadership and supported by tutors and a series of other specialists. It includes individual counseling, careers and Higher Education information and the regular review of the student’s academic progress. In addition it enables students to consider broader personal, social and world issues, which are also presented by visiting speakers, in wider debates and through a series of materials.
The process of University application begins in year 12 with students participating in a university accreditation week in conjunction with the University of South Wales. Pastoral and careers teams provide continual expert guidance as well as offering precise preparation for applications to higher education and employment. We have well-established links with local universities who provide a range of developmental programmes to support students through the application process and preparation for interviews. Special tuition or preparation is provided for students wishing to apply to Oxford and Cambridge, medical and a number of other selected career areas and we have established links with UWCN to provide students with a Level 4 programme to challenge and develop the skills needed to succeed at University. We also provide extensive support and guidance for students seeking apprenticeships and employment to ensure the leave the sixth form with a clear career path.
Whilst we are proud of our academic record and our rich and varied curriculum, we ensure that there are many opportunities to develop in wider interests such as the arts and sports. We also believe it is essential to provide opportunities for young people to take responsibility for leading the learning of others thus strengthening their independence and maturity, through the school council and senior prefect teams. Students are able to volunteer as buddies for younger pupils to help develop their literacy and numeracy skills.
If you have any questions or would like a tour of the school please do not hesitate to contact reception on 01633 643950, where a visit and meeting can be arranged.