Wheatley Park Sixth Form
Ensuring Success for all
Where every student is valued and respected
We want our students to develop both academically and socially and do this by providing a highly supportive environment where young adults are valued and respected.
The crucial choices that you make now will determine your future as you mature into a young responsible adult. The Sixth Form leadership team, tutors and teachers will take a genuine interest in your progress and will be providing a supportive and caring environment where you can thrive. We are very proud of the guidance and advice that we can offer you so that your full potential can be achieved.
Our commitment to helping you prepare for the wider world is being delivered through a programme of enrichment and other accredited awards. Our aim at Wheatley Park Sixth Form is to prepare you for future success wherever that might be. Wheatley Park Sixth Form aims to provide an outstanding learning experience and to prepare students for the future demands of Higher Education and the Workplace. Although our high level of academic success is a key feature, the Sixth Form works equally hard to help you develop your skills, character and level of independence.
We take care to create an environment which has rigorous expectations and to provide students with everything necessary to be successful, yet at the same time retaining a sense of perspective and good humour.
I hope you find many of your questions answered by browsing through the site, however, if you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by phone, email, or by letter using the contact details.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Wheatley Park Sixth Form
As a specialist arts college we offer excellent opportunities for young people who are interested in media and arts. The results speak for themselves - every year, our arts students reach the national top five. The curriculum offers a broad range of qualifications including AS and A2 level courses in over twenty subjects.
All our students who wish to go on to Higher Education successfully obtain places at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. A full programme of meetings, lessons, visits and conferences supports the transition into Higher Education, and members of the Sixth Form Team assist students making applications. We also ensure that students not applying to University are supported in our Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Courses
All the subjects offered at Wheatley Park are available at both AS and A2 level, subject to there being sufficient demand. Advanced level courses are aimed at students who have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths.
The courses have been constructed to make the first year of study as accessible as possible, easing the transition from GCSEs to advanced level study. AS level qualifications are recognised both by universities and by employers; they give you valuable feedback about your progress in the first year of your course, and provide a firm basis for decisions about your future. The A2 units of work studied in Year 13 develop and examine higher level skills. Most universities will expect you to achieve at least two A2 qualifications.
Most subjects take eight or nine 60 minute lessons per fortnight, and you will generally have two teachers covering different parts of the course. You will be expected to complement your class work with private study: this may involve individual research, making notes in preparation for a class, writing essays, reading around a subject, or discussing work with your fellow students.READMORE
Sixth Form Life
Wheatley Park Sixth Form is an environment for students to thrive personally and academically with a great atmosphere. Our students enjoy a huge range of opporunites outside the curriculum and are very involved in the life of the school community. They organise several annual events like a Film festival and Fashion show and are encouraged to undertake community service.
All Year 12 students will have the opportunity to stand for election to the post of Head Boy/Girl. These are significant positions of responsibility and the students elected lead the whole school student body. They represent students at a variety of event, have regular meetings with the head teacher and represent students on the Governing Body. Elections occur in October and students serve a one year term of office. Both positions are supported by deputies who together lead our school ministries; Sport, Enterprise, Environment, Teaching and Learning, Student support and Arts.
The Social Committee of the Sixth Form Council regularly organises successful social events. Recent examples include the Annual Leavers ball Winter Ball, and Fashion Show. Wheatley Park also hosts Oxfordshire's Schools Film Festival which is organised by our sixth formers. Below is the gallery of the latest fashion show. This supported the local charity Rosy.
In Wheatley Park Sixth Form it is usual to support others in some way. Students help others to learn in Wheatley Park School, the John Watson Special School, and in local primary schools. You can receive training and recognised qualifications as part of your commitment. Other forms of enrichment include helping out in local playgroups and old people's homes, conservation work, and assisting with the extra-curricular programme. Many of our students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and World Challenge expeditions. The Sixth Form also organises an annual Christmas Party, providing food and entertainment for around one hundred local senior citizens.
You will have the chance to join the Young Enterprise Scheme, which involves setting up and running a small company. The scheme has provided students with useful insights into the business world.
Members of the Sixth Form have successfully participated in events such as public speaking competitions and a Model United Nations General Assembly. A communications workshop and a problem-solving course are organised every year by the local Education Business Partnership, and many students attend the annual Westminster Day in February.
In recent years students have won places on the Sutton Trust and Eton College Summer Schools, and have attended the Oxfordshire Sixth Form Conference.
Some members of the Sixth Form are planning a World Challenge Expedition to India in the summer of 2012.
The extra-curricular programme at Wheatley Park School offers students an opportunity to explore a wide range of sports, and you can work towards specialist coaching qualifications or the Sports Leadership Award.
Business Placement Week
You will be provided with an opportunity in the summer term of Y12 to take a work placement. Our Work experience coordinator, Ian Germain will be able to support you in organising this.
Wheatley Park occupies the superb site of Holton Park with its Georgian mansion and extensive parklands; a moated island marks the site of a much earlier mansion mentioned in the Domesday Book. The extensive campus includes a suite of nine science laboratories, a design centre, and other specialist rooms including a library, hall and gymnasium and a new English and Media building
In the new Media & English and Arts Centre, Sixth Form students have access to specialist facilities such as video editing suites, a recording studio, a digital music suite and a silk screen printing room
There is a Sports Centre on the campus with squash courts, a fitness room, a dance studio and a social area, as well as a large hall that is used, for example, for basketball and badminton.
A wide range of sport is offered on Wednesday afternoons, which often includes more unusual pursuits, such as rocketball, yoga and rock climbing, as well as popular team sports like a rugby, netball and football.
The Sixth Form Centre was refurbished in 2009 and occupies its own buildings that have been converted for sixth form use. The Centre offers excellent facilities including an IT study area with wireless network, a silent study area with careers library and a newly furnished common room with its own canteen. Our Sixth Form study advisor is also available to support you with your independent study outside lessons.READMORE
The Sixth Form application deadline has now passed but late applications will be considered. application form
Russell Group - 5+ GCSE subjects at grades A*- A is required to choose 4/5 AS Levels.
University Pathway - 7 GCSEs at A*-C grades is required to choose 4 AS Levels
Options Pathway - 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades including English and Maths to choose 3 AS Levels.
Widening Participation Pathway - Less than 5 A*-C GCSEs to study GCSE/BTEC package of courses (Level 2)
Acceptance on other courses may not be judged on GCSE grades but will be judged on an individual basis
Advice on courses is available in the Pathways document. An Attitude to Learning Grade average below 3.5 could be used to refuse a place in the Sixth Form.
On the application form you will find a list of the courses that we expect to run in September 2013. You can apply for AS-Levels, a combination of the two and/or BTEC’s.You must choose course in order of preference.
Please note that timetabling considerations, or low student numbers, may mean certain combinations are not available.
Wheatley Park School Supports Equal Opportunities For All
How to choose your subjects:
- If your estimated grades are 5 A*-A choose four/five subjects and a reserve.
- If your estimated grades are 7 A*-C then choose four subjects and a reserve.
- If your estimated grades are 5 A*-C including English and Maths choose three subjects and a reserve.
- If your estimated grade is less than 5 A*-C then you must choose the Level 2 Package of courses.
About the qualifications:
A Levels (Level 3)
A Levels are divided into AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary) in Year 12 and A2 Level in Year 13.
Applied A Levels (Level 3)
They build in many practical skills and are assessed primarily by coursework.
BTECs (Level 2) Equivalent of four GCSE’s
These courses operate continuous assessment and have a work-related component.
GCSE Retake Package (Level 2)
- Sociology (Short Course)
- BTEC PE