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.