Welcome to Guiseley School
We are a forward thinking, exciting and happy school with excellent results. We firmly believe we offer a high quality education. Our school vision is to be a thinking school and our school mission is that everyone is challenged and supported to think deeply, understand the bigger picture, get involved and contribute to our ever-changing world.
We are happy that you are looking at our prospectus and thinking of joining us in the Sixth Form. What we have to offer we hope will suit you. Read carefully and make sure that not only can we offer you the pathway to the next stage in your life but also that we provide the climate that you will thrive in.
We are a high achieving school with most students gaining high grades. 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. This year 8% of students gained Apprenticeships, 12% took a gap year and 9% joined the World of Work. These successes reflect our ability to develop the individual but it is the work ethic of our students that enable them to succeed.
Sixth Formers can expect high quality teaching, regular and detailed feedback and progress is carefully tracked. When students struggle we support them with a range of intervention strategies. Alongside this academic programme, students have opportunity to engage in a wide variety of enhancement activities to ensure breadth beyond the curriculum. All students also take part in our Community Work Programme, where for one hour a week they volunteer to work within the local community (or within school). All students take part in a one week Work Experience Placement, with a view to developing their interests and work based skills.
We won't throw you in at the deep end without a paddle.
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 there 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 and Wifi access for those wishing to use their own laptops in school.
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.
We are very proud of examination successes. Ofsted says ‘we are above average in most and well above average in some’.
If you would like more detailed information about the examination results please see the school website.
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.
Please read the Entry Requirements and Course Requirements outlined below.
Students should achieve a minimum of:
5 GCSEs 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.
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.
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.
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. Students will still need to take the equivalent of three A level subjects, which may be to take one dual award and one single award, or a combination of Applied subjects and A levels.
Level 3 Applied 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 Awards (One A level equivalent): ICT, Food Science & Nutrition
Dual Awards (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.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Guiseley School through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.