Sixth Form Prospectus 2021

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Come broaden your horizons An introduction to life at Wycombe High School Sixth Form

Pursue your full potential

As one of England’s leading grammar schools, we offer our Sixth Form students the chance to come and discover who they are becoming.

Enjoy an expansive curriculum

Discover a diverse world

Experience care for the whole ‘you’

Dear Future Sixth Former,

Find new freedoms

At Wycombe High School, it’s no secret that our A level results are among the best in the country. Why? Because we are unrelenting in helping our students reach their academic potential and discover a love of learning, one that stays with them well beyond their Sixth Form years. We are passionate about single sex education and the extraordinary benefits it brings our students. We are proud of the excellent teaching, care and guidance that we offer, along with a wide range of opportunities in and beyond the classroom. When our students leave our school, they each leave academically extremely well qualified, culturally and globally aware, and truly prepared to contribute wherever they go next. I hope this brochure will let you catch a glimpse of the Sixth Former you could become at Wycombe High School.

Prepare for the next adventure

Mrs Sharon Cromie Headteacher

Wycombe High School

The subjects on offer for 2021 are as follows:

Discover… an expansive curriculum





Business Studies




Classical Civilisation




D & T: Product Design

Philosophy & Ethics of Religion

Drama & Theatre Studies

Physical Education



English Literature




Further Maths


These subjects are taught at partner schools. Please see our website for full details of each subject we offer. *

There’s no better time to discover who you are – your passions, interests and talents – than in your Sixth Form years.

Entry Requirements You will need the following points from your best 8 full-course GCSEs to gain entry into Wycombe High School Sixth Form. For 3 A levels = 48-67 points. For 3 or 4 A levels = 68+ points.

That’s why we offer an extensive range of A levels, along with a breadth of extra-curricular activities for you to embark on a journey of discovery. All Year 12 students study 3 or 4 A levels depending on the points from their best 8 GCSEs.

For students new to Wycombe High School in the Sixth Form six places will be prioritised for qualified disadvantaged girls. For these students the entry requirement is a minimum of 42 points in her best eight full-course GCSEs, with all other Sixth Form entry requirements having been met. Full details can be found in our Determined Admissions Policy on the school website.


I like the fact that you have such a range of subjects to choose from. I’ve been able to choose a real mix of A levels that has kept it interesting for me. Tino

Wycombe High School

Students must meet the following subject entry requirements in their chosen A levels: A student must gain GCSE Grade 5 - 9 in Maths and English Language to qualify for the WHS Sixth Form. To study two or more Science subjects at A level or Mathematics and one or more Science subjects the student must have 56 points or more from their best 8 full-course GCSEs. Art

Grade 6 or above in Art


Grade 7 in Biology or at least 77 in Double Award

Business Studies

If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Business Studies. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6s in Maths and English Language


Grade 7 in Chemistry or at least 77 in Double Award

Classical Civilisation

If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Classical Civilisation. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in English Literature


Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 6 in English Language

Drama and Theatre Studies

If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Drama. If not taken for GCSE; Active participation in school productions and amateur dramatics, and Grade 6 in English Literature


If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Music. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 Theory and active participation in ensembles in school


Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 7 in Maths

Philosophy & Ethics of Religion

English Literature

Grade 6 in English Literature

If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Religious Studies. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature


Grade 6 in French



Grade 6 in Geography


Grade 6 in German

Grade 7 in Physics or at least 77 in Double Award, must take Maths A level and Physics


If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in History. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6s in English Language and English Literature


Grade 6 in English Language and/or Grade 6 in History

Product Design

Grade 6 in DT Graphics


Grade 6s in English Language and Maths


Grade 6 in Spanish

Sport Studies (PE)

If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in PE GCSE. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Biology


Grade 6 in Latin


Grade 7 in Maths

Maths, Further (AS or A level)

Grade 8 in Maths, must take Maths A level

Maths, core

Grade 6 in Maths


Enrichment Subjects Students studying 3 A levels must also select an option from the Enrichment Programme (students studying 4 A levels may opt to): • Arts Award Gold • Core Maths – Level 3 qualification • Duke of Edinburgh Gold • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) • Further Maths AS • Step/Advanced extension award in Maths (for Year 13) • Young Enterprise As well as providing additional UCAS points, our Enrichment Programme allows students to broaden their life experiences and be more prepared for the next stages in their adventure.

Wycombe High School

Discover‌ diverse extra-curricular opportunities

Sixth Form is about pursuing more than just the academic. Each of our Year 12 students participate in the following extra-curricular programme:

The CASE Based on the idea behind the International Baccalaureate, students complete approximately 50 hours in each of the four categories: Creativity Examples include taking part in music ensembles, drama productions, choir, creative writing. Action Including but not limited to a wide variety of sports, dance and Duke of Edinburgh treks.

Service Incorporates the very wide selection of Student Leadership roles and taking part in any voluntary work in local primary schools, hospitals and care homes along with helping out in any of the varied activities on offer at Wycombe High School. Employability Work experience and shadowing, Digital Learning, UCAS conferences, Oxbridge essay competitions, public lectures and taster courses in engineering or subject-based masterclasses, will all fit into this category.

Alternatively, you could opt to cycle 100 miles for charity with a few friends and thus combine Action and Service elements of your CASE.

• D igital literacy and coding, ethical debating, music, life skills such as finance, cookery, communication, personal safety and driving.

Sixth Form Enrichment Carousel Year 12 and Year 13 engage in a carousel of activities throughout the year on a Wednesday period 5. Activities have included:

• Visits from outside speakers on range of topics.

• Recreational PE (options include hockey, netball, badminton, handball, gym, dance, yoga, Ultimate Frisbee, football, rugby or use of the Fitness Studio).

PSHEE Days PHSEE is taught in a fortnightly session and through the Enrichment Carousel and covers “relationships”, “Living in the Wider World” (Careers) and “Health and Wellbeing”

Clubs and Societies Sports clubs, dance, drama and music groups, theatre and musical productions. All are open and available for Sixth Formers to get involved in and explore their talents. When it comes to societies, many of these are initiated and run by Sixth Formers, such as MedSoc, Politics Society, Drama Club, Inter-Faith Society, History and Classics Society, Debate Society and the Jazz band.


I’m a huge fan of music and am in a bunch of ensembles. I’ve found the variety is really wide, there is something for everybody. Anna

Wycombe High School

Discover‌ chances to lead and serve Voluntary Service As part of your CASE Service, we provide opportunities to volunteer in local primary schools, in hospitals or care homes. Our students find that helping others through voluntary work is not just rewarding but also helps to develop life skills, improve confidence and provide future opportunities for employment. In addition, Wycombe High School runs outreach programmes to help primary schools improve outcomes in Maths and literacy, where Wycombe High School Sixth Form students visit local primary schools to support pupils who would benefit from additional Mathematics and English tuition.

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Leadership Opportunities A major part of being in a Sixth Form is that you are a senior member of a wider community, with a number of opportunities to develop in leadership: Student Leadership Team (SLT) A team of sixteen Year 13 students who, following a series of activities and tasks, are voted in and are given the opportunity of becoming: • Head Girl, • Deputy Head Girl (x2) House Captains and Deputy House Captains Responsibilities include organising house competitions, fundraising for charity and leading assemblies Senior Prefects 40 Year 13 students become Senior Prefects who play an important role in school events and support the SLT

Student Ambassadors Assist on reception and help the Headteacher with evening functions and charitable events Subject Captains Represent views of students to relevant subject teachers and Head of Sixth Form Sports, Dance and Gym Captains Represent views of students to relevant subject leads and Head of Sixth Form The Head of News Crew Responsible for leading a team of students to produce the E-High Flyer and Wycombe High School annual magazine

I always aspired to be on the Student Leadership Team and to be someone that younger students can look up to. Sophie

Wycombe High School

Discover… new-found freedoms

At 16, the world truly is your oyster. We are here to help you take hold of new-found freedoms and learn how to be more independent and selfdirected as a student and young adult.

For Sixth Formers, there is no uniform We do not have a uniform in the Sixth Form because we want students to prepare for university, apprenticeships or the world of work by being able to learn how to express their own style and individuality in a safe environment. For Sixth Formers, there are dedicated spaces Our Sixth Form Centre is located in the Miller Block, a dedicated building for Sixth Form students that includes classrooms, offices, a kitchen, study area, lecture theatre and café – all exclusively for Sixth Form use.

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Discover… long-lasting friendships The word “community” may be somewhat overused, but for us it best describes the environment for our Sixth Formers.

The culture we have created is one marked by comradery and inclusion, where the words “I’ve found friends for life” is a common refrain. Here is what some of our students say about the friendships they have forged here.

I was surprised at how welcoming everyone was to me as a transfer student. There were no cliques or friendship groups that were hard to break into.

When I get older, I think I’ll look back and remember the bonds of friendship I’ve made and that they’ve lasted.

Wycombe High School

Discover… care for the whole you As a single-sex school, we have a deep understanding of the challenges facing students in today’s world – and we are adept at helping our students to navigate them. I’ve had one on one support for my university applications, which I haven’t heard of at any other Sixth Form. Kate

We know that our duty of care extends far beyond their academic learning. We take that charge seriously, providing dedicated pastoral support for each of our students, giving them a chance to discuss whatever they need to with someone who truly cares. Support via the Tutor Group System Tutor groups are small and organised on a vertical basis with students

from Year 7 to 13. Each tutor group forms part of one of six Houses and meets every day to share in a variety of tutor and student-led activities. Each student has the opportunity to meet with their tutor once every half term and is supported by a Head of House, Sixth Form Student Manager or School Counsellor if needed.

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Discover‌ help for next steps

We pride ourselves on ensuring each student who leaves our Sixth Form is prepared for the next step. For this reason, we run a comprehensive programme of careers advice and support to help our students choose their next adventure, be it university, apprenticeship or employment. For those choosing university, we are very experienced at mentoring students through UCAS: through examination guidance, supporting on how to fill out the UCAS form and running mock interviews. For those choosing apprenticeship or employment, we have a comprehensive Higher Education and Careers Library and our in-house Careers Advisor and Development Director organise a wide variety of careers presentations every year involving many of our own former students.

Wycombe High School Further Education

Discovering… where this will lead

Aberystwyth Criminology Aston Business Management, Product Design and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Optometry Bath Chemistry for Drug Discovery, Modern Languages, Sports Management and Coaching, Pharmacology, Economics Birmingham Politics and International Relations, Medicine, International Business, English and History of Art, Politics and Modern History, Birmingham City Media Production, Psychology Bradford Biomedicine Brighton Sports Coaching Bristol Music, Politics and International Relations, Law, English, Geography, Bristol UWE Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Optometry Brunel Law Bucks New University Art Foundation

If you are wondering: ‘Where will all of this lead?’ – ‘What happens after Wycombe High School Sixth Form?’ To answer that, here is a glimpse of where the students in our Sixth Form during the past few years have ended up after leaving our school:

Cambridge Economics, English, Philosophy Cardiff Law and Politics, Medicine, Politics and International Relations, Psychology Chichester Performance De Montford Fashion, Buying and Merchandising Durham Politics, Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures Edinburgh Veterinary Medicine Exeter History and Ancient History, Business and Management, Law, Economics, Biological Sciences Gloucester Illustration Guildhall School of Music Music Imperial College Molecular Engineering Kings College London Medicine, Classical Studies Lancaster Medicine with Surgery, PPE

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St Andrews Classical Studies, Environmental and Earth Sciences

Leicester Politics, Neuroscience

Surrey Civil Engineering, Psychology

Lincoln Psychology

Sussex Law with Spanish, Business Management, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology with Neuroscience

Liverpool Psychology, Veterinary Science, International Politics Loughborough Engineering LSE Law, Accounting and Finance Manchester Maths, Adult Nursing, Newcastle Architecture, Modern Languages Nottingham Maths, Veterinary, Modern Languages, International Environmental Science Nottingham Trent Architectural Technology, Business Management and Economics, Psychology, Property Finance and Investment, Business Management with Marketing Oxford Music, Law Oxford Brookes English Literature and Education, Accounting and Finance, Primary Education Pearson Business College Business Plymouth Biomedical Sciences, Marine Biology Portsmouth Product Design & Innovation, Law Queen Mary's London Biomedicine, Biomedical Engineering, Maths, Politics and International Relations Queen's University, Belfast Film and Theatre

Swansea Sociology and Psychology, Computer Science, Medical Genetics UCL Neuroscience, Comparative Literature, Medicine, Spanish and Italian UEA Biomedical Sciences University of Miami Sports Science University of West London Acting University of Westminster Spanish and International Business, Neuroscience Warwick Maths, History and Politics, York Politics, History, Environmental Geography, Music We currently have several students studying overseas, some of whom receive scholarships for sporting excellence: We currently Paris School have of Artseveral students studying overseas, some of whom receive scholarships for sporting excellence: University of Iowa Paris School of Art, University of Iowa, University of Missouri and University of University of Missouri Toronto University of Toronto Apprenticeship, Employment or Gap Year

Reading Psychology, Business and Management, Biomedical Science, Law Royal Holloway Law and Criminology, Classical Studies, Environmental Geography, English and American Literature


NatWest; Adelmen; Atkins, Level 4 Project Management; BDO; Henkel Ltd; Software Development; Thames Valley Police (PCDA); Year In Industry (EDT); KPMG; Marketing



Gap Year / deferred University place

Charity Work; Charity Work Part-Time Job; Travelling; Tennis Coaching

Sheffield Biomedical Sciences, Politics and International Relations, Politics, English, Law, Law and Criminology, History and Philosophy SOAS International Relations and Arabic Southampton Biomedical Science, History, Maths, Medicine, Nursing (Child) Southbank University Psychology

Wycombe High School

Next steps

For internal applicants Sixth Form Exploration Evening live webinar 5.00pm Tuesday 20 October 2020 Option Forms to be received by WHS Thursday 14 January 2021 • Subject and Enrichment preferences checked against viable Year 12 timetable options • Subject suitability checked with subject teachers All applicants are required to attend our Access Day - date to be confirmed GCSE Results Day Friday 27 August 2021 If results match entry criteria - welcome to the Sixth Form. If not, you will need to see the Head of Sixth Form Induction Day for all Year 12 students Early September 2020 (date TBC)

For anyone wishing to apply for a place at Wycombe High School Sixth Form – whether internally from within the school or as an external applicant transferring from another school – the following are the next steps and key dates:

For transfer applicants Sixth Form Exploration Evening live webinar 5.00pm Tuesday 20 October 2020 Applications to be received by WHS Friday 29 January 2021 • Subject and Enrichment preferences checked against viable Year 12 timetable options • GCSE predictions requested from present school teachers • Letter to applicants with conditional offer/Letter to applicants with concerns that entry requirements will not be met All applicants are required to attend our Access Day - date to be confirmed GCSE Results Day Friday 27 August 2021 If results match entry criteria - present GCSE results to WHS at 9.00am in the Forum. Induction Day for all Year 12 students Early September 2021 (date TBC)

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We are delighted to receive applications from students who are not currently at Wycombe High School and who achieve the entry requirements of a minimum of 48 points from their best 8 GCSEs.

Transfer applicants are requested to complete the application form by Thursday 29 January 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your choices. In addition, please send an email outlining your reasons for wanting to study your chosen subjects and making it clear what it is about these

subjects that interests you. You should also give details of how you have contributed to your local school community whilst studying for your GCSEs and outline what you feel you would contribute to the Sixth Form at Wycombe High School. This email should be sent to marked for the attention of Mrs Ellis, Head of Sixth Form.

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