The Cottesloe Sixth Form offers a personal and inclusive approach to post 16 study A’ Levels and other level 3 courses are available in a supportive environment. We endeavour to ensure that all students leave with the qualifications and the necessary skills they require to successfully proceed to the next stage of their life.
We have high aspirations for our students by promoting academic challenge and rigor. We place great emphasis on developing the necessary qualities both inside and outside the classroom that breed success so they can reach the outcomes and destinations to which they aspire. This ‘character’ is centred around our ‘Healthy Relationships’ and ‘6Cs’ agendas. We expect all members of the school community to show respect, honesty and take responsibility for accessing the opportunities the school provides. Inside and outside the classroom, teachers actively plan learning experiences that promote challenge, creativity, critical thinking, co-operation, collaboration and coaching.
”Students feel well supported and report that they are enjoying their time in the sixth form . They are appreciative of the support provided by the school, in particular the helpful information and guidance about next steps.” Ofsted
A rich and deep learning experience,one in which they learn about and from the world we live in, makes a significant contribution to their success as learners and makes them well educated and active citizens. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to provide challenging and suitable pathways which meet the needs of all our students. It provides an excellent range of options in GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications supported by a range of vocational courses.
We offer a broad range of ‘A’ Levels and Level 3 BTEC courses which enable the students to create a programme of study which matches their aspirations.
Students will be supported throughout the process and the system is designed to give them as much choice as possible. Every student that applies to the Sixth Form will receive one-to-one guidance on subject choice. This ensures that they follow a programme which both suits their individual abilities and future career aspirations. It also ensures that they are choosing courses that they will see to a successful conclusion.
During a three-day induction process after the GCSE examinations have finished, students have the opportunity to experience an ‘A’ Level timetable of the subjects which they have chosen. They will get a true taste of the content and necessary skills needed to study at this level. In addition, they will also be set work to complete over the summer to prepare them in the best possible way for September.
Enrichment and Additional Qualifications
We believe that the Sixth Form is about developing the whole person. Equipping them with the necessary life and employability skills to enable them to fulfil their potential and maximise their opportunities to access future learning and career development. All students undertake a programme of curriculum support within an elected subject for younger students in years 7 to 11. In addition, students also arrange a number of work shadowing placements to gain an insight and experience in the field they wish to study or work. This often involves local universities and businesses well known to the school.
Throughout the two years of Sixth Form, students receive up to date support with Careers Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. Students and parents receive input from a number of outside agencies in addition to the extensive guidance and resources provided by the school. We work closely with a number of universities to provide suitable experiences and information to help students make accurate decisions regarding higher education.
These include visits to Loughborough, Bedfordshire and Oxford Universities, presentations from Oxford Brookes University and study days at The University of Buckingham. We are also part of the Bucks Skills Hub who enable us to access information about an extensive range of local, national and international employers. Students receive regular updates regarding opportunities for training, employment and other opportunities via the Sixth Form Twitter Feed. Students are encouraged throughout their time at the Cottesloe Sixth Form to broaden their employability portfolio through further Work Experience and Work Shadowing and to engage regularly with our free online resource Unifrog where up to date information about Universities, Apprenticeships and Labour Market Information (LMI) can be found.
"From an incredibly shy young student at primary, Cottesloe School has helped her flourish and become who she is today. She feels respected, she feels valued and is following her heart with the subjects she loves."