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We invite you to come and see for yourself; the fantastic opportunities that your child will have in this tight-knit but ambitious environment. When your child joins Post 16 at Whitley Academy, they will be afforded every opportunity and support to enable them to reach both their academic and personal potential.

At Post 16, students are able to access a broad range of academic and vocational qualifications. Our most able students take part in a dedicated series of opportunities to expand their horizons and allow them to strive for excellence. At Whitley Academy, we expect our students to be focused and motivated. We foster their strengths, celebrate their achievements and recognise their hard work and efforts. We endeavour to ensure that all of our students are able to access nationally recognised learning and training opportunities to support them in their future working life beyond school.

“I feel privileged to work at Whitley Academy and believe it provides our students with a high quality education.”

Head of Sixth Form


Welcome to Whitley Academy’s Sixth Form prospectus, which we have produced with our students to provide you with a taste of Post 16 education at Whitley. Making a decision about what and where to study once you have completed your GCSEs at the end of Year 11 can be quite a daunting prospect. You have, hopefully, received a lot of good advice already and are starting to refine your options. I feel privileged to work at Whitley Academy and believe it provides our students with a high quality education and a huge range of other opportunities, which we hope this prospectus reflects. If you need more information about our courses, entry requirements, the application process or just want to get a taste of life at Whitley Academy, please visit our website: and click on ‘learning’ then ‘join us at Post 16’. We wish you every success with your GCSEs and with making your future choices (work hard, the effort is really worth it).

Why study at


What facilities are available to me? Students studying at Whitley Academy Post 16 have access to an expanding range of facilities including: The Post 16 Common Room

Learning Resource Centre

Recently renovated with new computers, the Post 16 Common Room offers students an informal environment to study and relax. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities, including the kitchen area to make lunch/tea/coffee.

Post 16 students are encouraged to utilise the LRC/library during their study periods. The library has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, and DVDs which are available to borrow. Students are also welcome to use the library’s IT facilities.

Computer Room

Post 16 Wi-Fi

The computer room in F23 is a dedicated Post 16 facility.

Students are welcome to bring in their own laptops to connect to the designated post 16 Wi-Fi network.

“I really enjoy the flexibility of study periods and the resources available to me.” MAHMUD AFANDIYEV, YEAR 12 STUDENT

Finding the right course for you Whitley Academy offers a wide range of subjects including a variety of A Level courses and BTEC options. Both types of course are nationally recognised by employers and universities. Students at Post 16 can select 3 subjects which can be a mixture of both A Level and BTEC courses. Our diverse curriculum ensures that students enrol on courses which they are passionate about. We believe that students are more likely to succeed when they are studying subjects they enjoy, so we provide tailored, individual advice to new students. Post 16 students pick subjects that help them go on to study at University, enter training or employment.

“I chose to attend Whitley Academy for my Post 16 studies as the flexible courses and the welcoming environment which was offered appealed to me.”

A Level Offer A Levels are the traditional course option for sixth form students. We offer a mixture of A Levels: • • • • • • • • • • •

Art and Design Biology Chemistry English Literature and Language Geography History Maths Modern Foreign Language Physics Psychology Sociology

All A Levels are studied on a twoyear linear programme; this means that exams will often be taken in the summer of Year 13. While all A Levels require at least one exam, most, but not all, will include a coursework element. The weighting of this LAUREN GEDRIM, YEAR 12 STUDENT coursework is subject specific (for more

information on each particular subject, please see the Post 16 Subject Information Guide).

Vocational Offer For a vocational pathway, Whitley Academy offers a range of BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates in the following subjects: • • • • • •

Applied Science Business Digital Media Health and Social Care IT Sport

BTEC courses are equivalent to A Levels and provide more opportunity for practical rather than written assessment and coursework. Because of the nature of study, BTECs generally have a lower entry requirement than A Level courses.

Our entry

requirements To gain entry to Post 16, students are required to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 4 or above. However, some subjects have specific entry requirements, which may include grade 6 or above. In addition to academic attainment, students entering Post 16 are required to have a good attitude to learning and an excellent attendance record. For more information on each particular subject, please see the Post 16 Subject Information Guide.

What support

is available to me?

Pastoral Support

Financial Support

Students receive a wide range of pastoral advice. The designated Post 16 office is open and staffed throughout the day, and staff provide one-to-one support and guidance. Students also develop close relationships with their form tutor and subject teachers, who are on hand throughout the day to offer additional provision if necessary.

Whitley Academy offers a discretionary sixth form bursary based on a student’s financial circumstances. This is paid directly to eligible students each half term based on their attendance, and can be put towards buying course materials such as books and stationery, or uniform.

The Base A wide range of support, including counselling, is available to all students from the Base. Here, students can gain advice and support from experienced counsellors on a whole range of issues, including: anxiety, bereavement, depression, self-esteem and stress.

Study Leave In Year 13, where students are on track to meet or exceed their target grades, we aim to facilitate a small amount of study leave with the agreement of parents and the Director of Post 16.

Careers advice Whatever your next step is after Post 16 – university? Apprenticeship? Or Employment?

Whitley Academy offers career advice which is tailored to your needs. Thinking about university? All students applying to university receive individual support for their UCAS applications including advice on writing and re-drafting personal statements and preparing for interviews.

“I am appreciative of the immense support and encouragement I receive from staff, and the wide range of higher educational access programmes to enable me to pursue my aspirations of studying at Oxford or Cambridge.”

In Year 12, more able students are selected to take part in the University of Cambridge’s HE + programme. This is a scheme dedicated to support students considering an application to Oxbridge and other highly respected universities. As well as this, our networks with local Russell Group universities enable students to attend masterclasses, run by academics at the University of Birmingham, and taster days at the University of Warwick. Additionally, many students have been supported in their applications to residential summer schools, including ones lead by Oxford University and the University of Nottingham, which enable students to gain a real insight into university life.


We hope by encouraging our students to take advantage of these opportunities,

they become inspired to set themselves high expectations for their future.

Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are a great way to study whilst also earning a wage. At Whitley, we provide tailored assemblies on apprenticeship providers from retail at Morrisons, finance at JP Morgan and engineering at Jaguar Land Rover. Post 16 students have also had the opportunity to attend focused apprenticeship events such as ‘What’s Next?’ at the Birmingham NEC, where they were able to hear professional advice from employers.

Future Employment? Whitley Academy is a proud member of the Coventry Building Society’s ‘Employability UK’ scheme. This scheme focuses on developing our students’ transferable skills for the work place such as communication, presentation and team-working skills. This year, our Year 12 students have received professional advice on CV writing and interview techniques.

“The Sixth Form is good, and students make good progress on their post-16 courses. Students receive helpful information, advice and guidance which helps them make well informed decisions about future employment, education and training.� OFSTED 2013

Student life

Studying at Post 16 should not only be about gaining academic qualifications. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities designed to develop our students’ skills and talents outside of the classroom. Work Experience

Student Leadership

We understand that work experience is sometimes just as important as classroom based learning, and therefore support students in their search for tailored work experience placements in their chosen career path. Previous students have successfully undertaken work experience at the multi-national banking company J P Morgan, and have even earned places on paid internships in London! Our relationship with the University of Warwick has enabled students to receive professional work experience through their ‘Pathways to Law’ and ‘Pathways to Banking’ outreach programmes. It is our hope that students leaving Whitley will leave with all the necessary experience to achieve their goals.

At Post 16, students are encouraged to take a role in the leadership of their sixth form. As a result, there are many opportunities of this nature available to them, including Head Boy/Head Girl in Year 13, Deputy Head Boys/Girls in Year 12, as well as Sports Leaders, Medical Society Leaders and Charity Leaders. These roles are varied in order to appeal to a wide range of students’ interests, and help to develop their confidence, organisational and team working skills.

Volunteer Work

“I really like that everyone gets the chance to pursue leadership opportunities. Whitley Academy allows me to develop my skills.”

We encourage our students to give back to their community and are proud to say many students have successfully completed voluntary work placements. This year, our students have helped to raise money for charities such as the British Heart Foundation by volunteering in their charity shops, while others have spent time assisting in schools and nurseries.


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