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Prospectus Top attaining Sixth Form in South Gloucestershire!

Empowering all to excel


We are proud of our fantastic results which makes us the highest achieving Sixth Form in South Gloucestershire! Check out our results below...

A*- B Grades: 61% Distinction or starred Distinctions in Level Three BTEC Business: 93% A*- E Grades: 100% High Average Grade at A Level of B/C (highest in the local authority)


WELCOME Winterbourne International Academy is a centre of excellence in Post 16 education, boasting excellent A Level results and more students reaching their first choice universities than any other local Sixth Form. We foster exceptionally high academic achievement with many of our students achieving straight A* grades in their A Levels. Our Sixth Form Centre is a vibrant and supportive community that provides students with new skills, wonderful opportunities, lasting friendships and the qualifications right for them. Our aim is to empower all students to excel while feeling valued, safe, happy and challenged. The WIA Sixth Form Centre has been recognised by Ofsted as ‘Good’ with some outstanding teaching. Our Oxbridge support programme has ensured that our students have gained places to study at these prestigious selective institutions and our careers advice and guidance has been recognised by Ofsted as ‘high quality’.   The Winterbourne Sixth Form Centre is full of passionate students with high aspirations and I hope that you will join us in what is such an important time in your education.

Lucy Kirkbright Head of Sixth Form Zappar scan for our Sixth Form Video

WELCOME It is my pleasure and honour to introduce you to our vibrant Academy where students and staff are ‘empowered to excel’ in all aspects of their life. I am passionate in my belief that every young person will thrive in an environment of high expectation, ambition and support. Students at Winterbourne, and across The Ridings’ Federation of Academies, have the opportunity to develop into accomplished and independent learners prepared for a changing world where they can truly play a vital part. I am proud of our dedicated team of staff who are committed to giving the best of their expertise to every student who attends Winterbourne International Academy Sixth Form. Our culture and ethos statements are something we are deeply committed to in order to ensure that teachers can excel at teaching so that students can excel at learning. This prospectus will give you a glimpse into the richness of Academy life at Winterbourne International Academy and I hope you will take every opportunity to explore how well this Academy can deliver the high quality of education that you desire and deserve.

Mr Richard Haupt Academy Principal

“Leadership of the sixth form is a clear strength. The head of sixth form has used the findings of a review of achievement to develop a good plan thus helping to ensure that students can reach the highest possible academic standards.� Ofsted

SIXTH FORM CENTRE Alongside excellent results, the Sixth Form Centre at Winterbourne International Academy includes some of the finest facilities in the region. Sixth Form students have their own dedicated Learning Resource Centre which includes a computer suite of over 80 PCs to ensure that students are able to utilise their independent learning time effectively.  In addition, students have their own Sixth Form cafeteria and a common room for relaxation during break and lunchtimes.  The Sixth Form Centre is a hub of activity, both for learning and building friendships.  •

350 seater Auditorium

Outdoor teaching spaces

Dedicated Sixth Form Centre

Arts Centre for students events

Sixth Form canteen and dining room

Common room

Academy Resource Centre and separate Sixth Form library

Extensive computer room for Sixth Form students only

HOW TO EXCEL AT SIXTH FORM Former Sixth Form student, Holly Sawyer compiled a selection of top tips to help you excel during your time at Sixth Form:

1. Talk to current Sixth Form students and teachers to find out more about the subjects that you may want to take 2. Find out how the grades for subjects are weighted by exams and coursework, it is important to consider your strengths 3. Choose subjects that interest you and you find enjoyable 4. Look at what qualifications the career that you are thinking of perusing requires 5. Stay on top of your work 6. Use free periods wisely 7. Create a checklist for topics within your subjects to help organise your revision 8. Start revision earlier rather than later 9. Ensure you eat and drink enough during the day to keep your concentration and energy levels up 10. Use folders to separate your work by subjects 11. Most importantly, relax.


In addition to providing a strong curriculum programme, we believe it is important to facilitate a range of opportunities that helps develop students into socially well-rounded individuals. Our vibrant community gives students confidence and once in a lifetime experiences in order to excel. The Sixth Form committee organise events in venues across Bristol, such as a gore-inspired Halloween celebration, a festive Christmas Social and an eighties extravaganza.

Community projects

The Sixth Form also encourages fundraising events which allows students to develop new skills and do something great for the community.

Academic Support and Guidance

Students need dedicated focus and attention throughout their studies. In addition to tutor group and Guild Head support, students can also rely on a strong Pastoral and SEND team.

The Bourne Performers

Combines the talents of staff and students for a range of performances in dance, music, media documentaries and programme design.

Trips and Experiences

Our Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to travel the world to enrich their academic experience and prepare them for their future as global citizens. Past trips have allowed students to explore how the business world of New York works; sample culture in Spain; develop school projects in Mexico; and build a sensory wall for blind children in India!

Sport and Leisure

Our students benefit from a fantastic range of sports facilities, including an all-weather pitch, a large sport hall, gymnasium, sports pitches and a swimming pool.

There is a real community feel at our Sixth Form; the Year 13s help the Year 12s to make the step from GCSEs to A-Levels.

STUDENT MEXICO PROJECT We have links with host schools in Merida, Mexico. Many students get the opportunity to stay with Spanish speaking host families and integrate themselves into their day-to-day routines. Throughout the trip our students participate in a number of cultural and educational visits, including the Mayan Ruins, various museums, and visiting flamingos in an ecological wildlife reserve. A major part of the visit is the charity work the students do with a primary school in the village of Mocochá. Since working with the school we have completely transformed and rebuilt their outdoor play area, we also helped provide valuable teaching and learning resources. The trip allows students to practise their Spanish, grasp the experience of a new culture, become independent and gain teamwork and commitment skills.

“The trip allowed us to experience new and different cultures” Hannah Clark, Student.


A group of fifteen students from Winterbourne International Academy travelled to India in October 2015 to partake in both an exchange and community charity project. Four thousand pounds was raised for the Shri Harsha Mishra Memorial School for the Deaf in order to continue with the essential work that they do, giving education to children that may otherwise be left without any schooling whatsoever. The India exchange project is a great way for our students to experience a culture that is very different to their own. Lasting friendships are forged during the exchange and our first cohort of students are still in touch with their Indian friends even now they are at university. It is a fantastic experience which makes a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in Orissa.  

“Visiting India was an incredible experience, exceeding every expectation I once had of the country and is a place I sincerely hope to return to” Anna Ley, Student.

COURSE INFORMATION WIA Sixth Form Centre offers students a wide choice of subjects to excel in. Our teachers are specialists at delivering lessons in these subjects to ensure students have the best opportunity to achieve great results. To secure a place at Sixth Form, students will be required to gain 5 A*-C grades at GCSE along with some additional subject specific requirements. Students should select 3 courses from the list below.




C in Art and portfolio submission


BB in Double Award Science or B in Biology


5 in English Language or C in any Humanities subject or a Pass in BTEC Business Level 2


5 in English Language or C in any other Humanities subject


BB in Double Award Science or B in Chemistry and 5 in Maths


5 in English Language or Literature or C in any Humanities subject


C in Drama or if not studied at GCSE a 5 in English Literature. An audition may be required.


5 in English Language and 5 in Maths

ENGINEERING Level 3 Foundation Technical

BTEC First Certificate or First Diploma in Engineering (pass or above) or a C in a relevant GCSE in Design Technology. Students must also have 5 or above in Maths.


5 in English Language


5 or above in English Language and 5 in English Literature GCSE


B in French


B in Geography or B in Science


B in German

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Level 3 Cambridge Technical

5 in English Language


5 in English Language or B in any other Humanities subject


5 in English Language


Strong 6 in Maths with teacher recommendation


5 in Maths


Strong 7 in Maths with teacher recommendation

* Students falling outside of this criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.


5 in English Language


Either GCSE Grade B, or Instrumental Skills Equivalent to Grade 5, or Grade 5 Music Theory


Either GCSE Music Grade B or BTEC Music Merit, or a portfolio of tracks produced on GarageBand, Logic, Cubase or any other music software. Students who have studied BTEC Music Tech at KS4 are required to have Grade 5 theory and Grade 4 or above in a musical instrument. Interview/Audition required


C in RS or 5 in English Language


C in a Photography / Art and Design / Product Design / Media Related subject and portfolio submission


B in GCSE PE (specifically in the theory element of the GCSE course) and 5 in English Language. Where GCSE PE has not been studied then a 5 in English Language and B in Science is required.  Evidence of practical capabilities, sporting history, achievements or level should be provided by all students when applying for this course as it is 60% practical.


BB in Double Award Science or B in Physics and 5 in Maths


5 in English Language or C in any Humanities subject


C grade minimum in a related Design Technology subject


5 in either English Language or Literature and 5 in Maths


5 in English Language or C in any Humanities subject


B in Spanish


C in Textiles All students in Year 12 will also study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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LIFE AFTER SIXTH FORM – WHERE STUDENTS ARE NOW During Year 12 and 13 we work with students to help them decide the next steps in their education and career progression. More than two-thirds of our students choose to go to university after Sixth Form at WIA, with 40% of students achieving places at the prestigious Russell Group universities. Our Oxbridge support programme has meant that a number of our Year 13 students have been able to secure places at Oxford or Cambridge over the last few years. Some students choose to undertake Higher Level Apprenticeships at the end of their studies. Whatever the career path for you, we will support you in your applications, helping you decide what is best for you.

Students come to WIA Sixth Form Centre to achieve: - fantastic results - a place at their preferred University - real-life work opportunities - once in a lifetime experiences






Russell Group University

Gap Year

Employment or Training


Further Education

Watch ‘A-Level Results Day Coverage’of Hayley getting her results by scanning the Zappar code here...

“The sixth form is good. Students are taught well, challenged to reach high standards and are given good advice about the next stages of their education and employment.� Ofsted

HOW TO APPLY 1. Research which subjects you wish to study

2. Complete application form

3. Meet with us and receive offer

4. Attend a preparation day

5. Receive confirmation of place once GCSE exam results in

6. Start at WIA Sixth Form Centre! Applications to the Winterbourne International Academy Sixth Form should be made using our application form. Please access the form via our website or contact

We look forward to hearing from you!

KEY DATES 1st September 2016: Application for 2017 Entry opens. Prospective Sixth

Formers and parents/carers welcome to visit the Academy at any time. Call 01454 252051 to arrange a suitable time.

2nd November 2016: WIA Sixth Form Centre Open Evening. 30th November 2016: Deadline for first round applications. Students who apply by this date are most likely to be able to study all of their initial choices.

January-March 2017: All students will be invited to interview to ensure that they are embarking on the correct pathway in relation to their prior performance and future careers plans.

June 2017: Deadline for second round of applications.   Students applying after the timetable has been constructed will need to select options from the pools already created.  

June/July 2017: Year 11 into Year 12 Preparation Days - The chance to meet

other students and staff and try out taster lessons in your chosen subjects. Summer work will also be issued on these days to be completed for September 2017.

24th August 2017: GCSE Results Day. Sixth Form Enrolment Sixth Form staff will be available to enrol you.

September 2017: Term begins. Late applications will be considered subject to places being available.

“The high quality advice and guidance that sixth form students receive about the next stages of their education and employment is allowing them to make well- informed decisions about their post-18 destinations.� Ofsted

ALUMINI JESS HOPTON: NATIONAL BADMINTON CHAMPTION “Trying to incorporate an elite athlete programme with three A-Levels was always going to be a steep challenge for me. I was concerned about how this pressure and work-load would affect both my sporting and academic performance and whether I would be unable to complete either of them to the standard I was hoping for. All of my teachers, my Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form were fantastic in aiding me to reach my goals and aspirations in both areas. They were always more than happy to help me catch up on missed lessons due to tournaments and were so supportive and understanding of my situation. Their help and support secured me AAB in Law, Economics and Maths and a place at Loughborough University to study Financial Mathematics. At the same time I helped Team England secure a silver medal at the European Junior Championships. WIA really helped me achieve what I thought was the unachievable and I would recommend the sixth form to any individual who wants to achieve their dreams too.”





‘My offer to read Law at the London School of Economics was A*AA. Initially, I was dubious about applying to such a demanding university, but my teachers saw my potential and urged me to apply. Having just completed my first year at LSE, I can say that I have lived the luxury of London! However, this would also not have been possible had my Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form not pushed me to apply for the CMS Cameron McKenna Bursary Scheme. For this I had to take part in an essay competition, an assessment day and an interview at the law firm. Winning this financial bursary of £2,500-a-year for the duration of my course, has proven invaluable to my living in London. Without it, I would not be studying there! Consequently, without the help and assistance of my teachers at TRFWIA, I may not have applied to LSE, or the Bursary – I am, therefore, truly indebted to them for their guidance and support.’

ABOUT THE RIDINGS’ FEDERATION OF ACADEMIES The Ridings’ Federation of Academies supports the learning and development of over 2,700 young people across South Gloucestershire. It consists of: •

Winterbourne Sixth Form Centre

Winterbourne International Academy

Yate International Academy (all-through academy)

Woodlands Primary

Woodlands Nursery

Cotswold Edge Sixth Form Partnership

Ridings’ Commerce Ltd

We demand high standards of our staff and students, reinforcing our belief in the traditional values of hard work. We encourage creativity and passion to ensure students are inspired and motivated to develop themselves throughout Academy life. During your Sixth Form studies you can expect to be taught by outstanding teachers who will inspire you to excel and prepare you for Higher Education or employment, either in this country or abroad.

“My time at Winterbourne International Academy has been one of great privilege. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The number of opportunities that are offered to you are endless. You will be offered the ability to express yourself the way you want to, which is one of the greatest things that can be offered to you when growing up and learning who you are and what you want to achieve. I hope your time at the Academy is as enjoyable and memorable as mine has been. Welcome to TRFWIA!” Richmond Merrett, Sixth Form Head Boy.

WIA SIXTH FORM CENTRE High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1JL Telephone: 01454 252051 Email: Social Media: Website:

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