How to apply


If your School or College uses the on-line UCAS Progress system you can apply through this. If not please use the application form and return it completed to us here at Guiseley School either electronically or by post.

If you are reading this you are probably in the process of making some very important decisions. Whatever you decide – good luck – and if we can help don’t hesitate to call us.

At Guiseley School we aim to give every individual the opportunity to realise their potential in whatever they choose. We create a curriculum to match the abilities and interest of the student whilst keeping an eye on the future.

Success comes in many guises and we are very proud of what our young people can achieve. Whilst we celebrate our Oxford and Cambridge successes we equally celebrate our National and International representatives in sport, our young musicians performing at the Albert Hall, our artists and the tremendous work done in our local community. Wherever your strengths lie we would like to provide you with the opportunity to succeed whilst building for the future.

Are you interested in joining our Sixth Form at Guiseley School?


Students should achieve a minimum of:

Five GCSE's Grade 4-9, this is normally expected to include Maths and English Language or Literature. Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade 5 in the A level subjects that they wish to study.

Any student who does not achieve a grade 5 or above in Maths and/or English Language or Literature must retake that subject. This may limit the students A level choices.

Apply using the UCAS Progress system



Facilities available

Alongside all the facilities a modern comprehensive school offers we have a common room with an all day cafeteria, from bacon butties at breakfast to pasta and salad for lunch. Toilets for Sixth Form use only. Ceiling mounted speakers enable students to plug in their i-pods at breaks and lunchtimes and a 54 inch plasma screen enables major televised events to be viewed. Linking the common room and library is an ICT suite with a bank of up to date computers solely for Sixth Form use whilst the common room itself has lockers for storing personal belongings safely.



Support

At a crucial time of change in your life we would hope to offer all students the care and guidance needed to develop into confident, happy and successful young adults.

Sixth Form is entirely different from being in Year 11. There are lots of challenges and opportunities, many exciting and some demanding. The refreshing change from KS4, enables us to treat you as young adults, whilst still providing supportive guidance. Alongside the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form is a specialist team of 12 Form Tutors. The tutor is a key person in your Sixth Form life giving information, advice and guidance on most matters. They will also communicate with your parents/carers, keeping them informed and up to date. Targets are set, for all students, in all subjects and progress is rigorously reviewed. Where intervention is needed, strategies are agreed with both students and parent/carer to make sure no one is left behind. Our specialist Support Unit, Learning Mentor and Careers Advisor are also available for further support and guidance.

Alongside your academic studies you will also be encouraged to join in our enrichment activities and if you want, gain recognised qualifications as you do so, e.g. Arts Mark Gold and Young Enterprise.

You will also take part in specialist Careers and Future Planning lessons. Alongside this you are encouraged to gain skills needed for work-related learning, e.g. holding down a part-time job; personal development e.g. passing your driving test; and community service e.g. coaching mini- rugby every Sunday morning or just doing the weekly shop for someone. These are just some of the activities that our students have included in their enrichment matrix.

All students, in Year 12, take part in a week of work experience in July. Each placement is relevant to individual students future plans.

Alongside our broad curriculum the list of extra-curricular activities on offer is huge.

What you do is up to you in liaison with your Form Tutor. There are also many activities organised within school e.g. mentoring Year 8 students, buddying Year 7 students. The Sixth Form Student Committee also raises many thousands of pounds for charities with a rag week and lots of social events.

The latest addition to our portfolio of what’s on offer is an expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in July 2018 and entries into The National Debating Matters and Young Enterprise competitions.



Learner Success

We are very proud of examination successes. Ofsted says ‘we are above average in most and well above average in some’.

The future destinations of post Sixth Form students is an ever changing picture. Approximately 70% chose to go to University and of those, 88% were successful in gaining their first choice. A number of students were successful in gaining places at Russell Group Universities and at Oxford or Cambridge.

If you have a passion for learning, a determination to be successful at whatever you do and enjoy having fun, join us and make the most of what’s on offer.



Partnership


We like to think that Sixth Form is a partnership between the students, their parents and the staff. We like to keep parents involved and informed. The new academic year starts with a welcome letter to parents and an invite to the welcome evening. Parent/carers can meet the Sixth Form mentors, get to see where their child will be spending their time and find out more about the year ahead. Important dates for Year 12 are:

  • Week 1 – Welcome Evening
  • Week 5 – Review of subject choices
  • Week 10 – Review fortnight – you will receive feedback from us on whether or not targets are being met and work ethic
  • Week 13 – Parents' Evening
  • Week 17 - Mock Examinations
  • Week 24 – Review fortnight
  • Week 33 – Mock examinations
  • Week 36 – Review week
  • Week 40 – School closes
  • 19 August (nearest Thursday) – GCE/A level results

We promise to keep you informed and we have a dedicated e-mail address whereby parents can contact the Director of Post 16 directly.

Through the School Executive, Sixth Form Committee and Student Voice all can have a voice in the management of the Sixth Form. At their request we now have outdoor seating (for the fine weather); students negotiate what’s on offer in the Sixth Form food bar; there is a large TV in the common room which shows the news all day but can be tuned in to major events; speakers have been fitted into the ceiling so students can play their own music at breaks and lunchtimes; a plasma screen displays notices and information. We also have a dedicated computer suite so that pupils can work independently. We like to think that we listen to our students to support them in their transition from school to the real world!!



A LEVEL REFORMS


Over the past two years AS and A level subjects have been reformed. From September 2017 all A level qualifications will be a two year, linear A level course.

Each subject differs in its content and assessment. However, in general, reformed A levels have less coursework and the content is of a more academic nature.

This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13. Students will not be taking the AS examinations in any A level subject. This will allow more contact time for all students.

Please note: Some courses may not run if the number of students applying for the course is not viable.



Sixth Form Routes

All students have different sets of skills and want to take different directions in life, and at Sixth Form Level these differences become important. We want to ensure that we give students the opportunity to use their skills and personalities to achieve their goals in the best way they can. For this reason we have developed two different general academic routes, although please be aware that it is entirely possible for students to mix subjects in route one and two if they wish.



ROUTE ONE
TRADITIONAL A LEVELS

This is the traditional academic route, and these subjects are almost entirely exam based, taught in a formal classroom setting, and require a traditional academic approach to succeed.

A levels typically lead to university, especially on traditional academic courses, and in some cases employment or higher level apprenticeships.

A level subjects: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, German, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Maths, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design Psychology, Sociology, Textiles.







NB: Entry into different careers and university courses can depend on specific courses being taken. For more information speak to Mr Gracey, Deputy Director KS5.

ROUTE TWO
LEVEL 3 APPLIED SUBJECTS

This route is a different approach to A Level standard qualifications. These are Level 3 (A level equivalent) qualifications, but are a combination of coursework, project work and some exams (roughly 40% exam 60% coursework). These are a better option for students who are well motivated and who have proved to be at a sound academic level, but find it difficult to perform in exam conditions and learn better through project work, rather than more traditional teaching methods. Students will still need to take the equivalent of three A Level subjects, which may be to take one dual award Cambridge Technical Diploma (CTD) and one single award CTD, or a combination of CTDs and A levels.

Level 3 CTD subjects are ‘A level’ equivalents at the following grades; Dist* = A*, Dist = A, Merit = C, Pass = E. They are accepted as such by the vast majority of university courses, and are especially suitable for more vocational degrees such as Business Studies courses.


Single Award CTDs (One A Level equivalent): ICT.

Dual Award CTDs (Two A Level equivalent): Business Studies.

NB: Entry into different careers and university courses can depend on specific courses being taken. For more information speak to Mr Gracey, Deputy Director KS5.