Welcome to The West Bridgford School Post-16 Centre
A student’s Post-16 years are amongst the most exciting, inspiring and rewarding of their academic lives. These three adjectives are also the words that I would use to describe The West Bridgford School Sixth Form. We are a large (just over 300 students), inclusive community that retains the intimacy of a much smaller organisation whilst offering all the flexibility that any student could desire. An increased demand for places means that we are continuing to pursue plans to expand the Bradbury Building in the near future.
We believe that we offer a unique combination of academic excellence, pastoral care and enrichment opportunities that further develop our students into the superbly independent, pro-active, hard-working individuals they are. Our results are always excellent; it is a delight to us that the majority of our Year 11 students stay with us into the Sixth Form, and the vast majority of these will attend University at the end of their two years with us.
Our students are our lifeblood, and thus our pastoral care is of particular importance to us. Students have a form tutor that they liaise closely with throughout their Sixth Form lives. This provides them with a point of contact, a “critical friend” and ultimately a referee for university application. All tutors possess considerable expertise with both Further and Higher Education and students profit from a minimum of two in-depth interviews each year with them.
The Post-16 years are about so much more than just academia, however. We offer numerous opportunities within school for our extremely diverse student population to express themselves or to contribute further to their community. Amongst these are our extensive Mentoring programme, where students can positively impact on the lives of select Lower School students, our very popular and successful Young Enterprise group, the NUS Committee which runs Sixth Form affairs as well as our Sixth Form magazine written by, and for, Sixth Form students. All students study General Studies for two years and Year 13 students may opt to also study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Both Year 12 and 13 further benefit from an external Enrichment “digest” given to them once a week as part of Sixth Form Briefing, brimming with details of University Open Days, subject specific lectures and seminars as well as Apprenticeship opportunities.
We firmly believe that we have something to offer students that is vibrant and different, a moveable feast that will pay dividends to them for the rest of their lives.
Mr C Bowie
Director of Learning, Post-16