Heckmondwike Grammar Sixth Form
Heckmondwike Grammar Sixth form provides the opportunity for all students to reach their full potential, both academically and outside the classroom. You will supported by a team of excellent teachers who have a wealth of experience in guiding students through their studies. With an experienced in house careers team and flourishing work related learning programme, you will be able to make an informed decision about your future. The support we offer, along with the hard work of the students, ensures that the majority of our students progress to their first choice destination, wherever that may be.
Sixth form life at Heckmondwike Grammar School is about far more than academic progress. Our team of student support managers provide bespoke support for students when they need it, both academic and pastoral meaning that no student is left behind. Our Sixth form is part of the wider school community, offering leadership opportunities to students through the Senior Committee and prefect system. Sixth form students are encouraged to interact with the main school, and provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities for younger students. Wednesday afternoon enrichment allows students to pursue their interests outside the classroom and develop employability skills vital to their future success.
We offer first class support to students within our Sixth Form. At the start of year 12 each student will be allocated a tutor who will be their first point of contact. Tutors will meet with students on a regular basis and carefully monitor their progress. Each year group has a dedicated student support manager who oversees the progress of all students in the year, and intervenes where necessary.
The happiness and wellbeing of our students is vital to their success in school. Our pastoral support system ensures that no student slips through the net, and all have access to any support they need to flourish, overseen by the Pastoral Leader for Sixth Form. The support offered to students can take many forms, from developing time management and planning skills to referrals to other services such as the school nurse or school counsellor.
All students also have access to our excellent in-house careers team who can help students to prepare themselves thoroughly for whatever career they aspire to. All students in Year 12 will have a one to one guidance interview, and in Year 13 students are given personalised guidance and support as the apply for university, apprenticeship or employment.
The student bursary fund aims to help and support students enrolled in the school Sixth Form who face the greatest barriers to learning, and to ensure that students can fully participate in and benefit from the 16-19 curriculum provision. The application form can be found on our school website, along with full details of the eligibility criteria.
Students in year 12 who are eligible for the bursary may receive support with the costs of travelling to school, subsidised meals in school and provision of specialist equipment needed to access lessons. We may also be able to assist with the costs of educational visits and university visits.
We are also able to support students in applying to a number of charitable organisations who provide funding to support the education of different groups of students.
What makes us different?
Students in our Sixth Form will usually study 3 subjects at A Level, sitting the final examinations at the end of Year 13. For those students with the highest GCSE point scores it may be appropriate to study a fourth A Level subject, and those wishing to study Further Maths must choose 4 A Levels.
Students may also opt to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This project can be completed on a topic of the student’s choosing, and is excellent preparation for degree level study as it allows students to develop research and writing skills that are invaluable in higher education. We also offer a qualification in Core Maths which we recommend for students taking subjects with a mathematical element, for example biology or economics, and who are not studying A Level maths.
In addition to their A Level courses, all students will follow a tutorial programme aimed at developing the skills needed to be a successful student and develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. This programme has been designed with the students to equip them for life after Sixth form.