We were last inspected by Ofsted in March 2017. Inspectors concluded that the Sixth Form is Outstanding and provides an excellent, rounded education for the students. The range of academic pathways, including the International Baccalaureate and A Levels, gives students the opportunity to keep their options open for the subjects they study, or to specialise more. The information, advice and guidance provided by the school are highly effective and lead to an outstanding range of destinations to which the students’ progress onto after school.
- Leadership of the sixth form is highly effective. Leaders ensure that the progress of the students continues from their key stage 4 studies while also building further upon the excellent opportunities to widen their social and organisational knowledge and understanding.
- The school’s sixth form also continues the high standard of curriculum offer established in key stages 3 and 4. The range of pathways includes A levels, the combined A-level International Baccalaureate route, the International Baccalaureate Career Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma route. In common with the high expectations set for younger pupils, the sixth-form students all study a modern foreign language. The sixth-form routes also ensure that nearly six in ten students study mathematics to a high level.
- The students are able to participate in a very wide range of activities additional to their courses, including the debating society, organising the Model United Nations sessions for Year 10 pupils, the international affairs network and being members of the creativity, action, service (CAS) groups and committees which focus on fundraising for the school’s partner charities. Participation in these groups is high and this supports the further development of the students into being confident, outward-looking young people able to organise themselves and others in a variety of contexts.
- The students’ progress at A-level and International Baccalaureate has improved consistently in the last few years. The progress in most subjects at A2 and equivalent is above average or improving, with the exception of English, art and design, and information and communication technology. Sixth-form leaders are aware which subjects require focus from the regular student interviews carried out to gain feedback on teaching and to assess the students’ application to their learning.
- The teaching in the sixth form is of high quality, challenging students to enhance their knowledge, develop their study skills and deepen their thinking. This prepares them very well for their destinations when leaving the school which, for a much higher proportion than is seen nationally, involves sustained study in higher education. In 2016, for example, nearly eight in ten students secured a place at their first-choice university and over four in ten students secured a place at a Russell Group university, which compares very favourably with the one in four national picture.