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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.

 

About us

We won't throw you in at the deep end without a paddle.

 
We'll give you the support and guidance you need to achieve your goal.
 
 
If you have a passion for learning we can give you the place to do it and the staff to support you.
 
 
At Guiseley School we aim to give every individual the opportunity to unlock their potential in whatever they choose. We create a curriculum to match the abilities and interest of the student whilst keeping an eye on the future.
 
Success comes in many guises and we are very proud of what our young people can achieve. Whilst we celebrate our Oxford and Cambridge successes we equally celebrate our National and International representatives in sport, our young musicians performing at the Albert Hall, our artists and the tremendous work done in our local community. Wherever your strengths lie we would like to provide you with the opportunity to succeed whilst building for the future.
 

 

Facilities available

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.

Additional support

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.

Sixth Form is entirely different from being in year 11. There are lots of challenges and opportunities, many exciting and some demanding. The refreshing change from KS4, enables us to treat you as young adults, whilst still providing supportive guidance. Alongside the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form is a specialist team of 12 Form Tutors. The tutor is a key person in your Sixth Form life giving information, advice and guidance on most matters. They will also communicate with your parents, keeping them informed and up to date. Targets are set, for all students, in all subjects and progress is rigorously reviewed. Where intervention is needed, strategies are agreed with both students and parents to make sure no one is left behind. Our specialist Support Unit, Learning Mentor and Careers Advisor are also available for further support and guidance.
 
Alongside your academic studies you will also be encouraged to join in our enrichment activities and if you want, gain recognised qualifications as you do so, e.g. Arts Mark Gold and Young Enterprise.
 
You will also take part in specialist Careers and Future Planning lessons. Alongside this you are encouraged to gain skills needed for work-related learning, e.g. holding down a part-time job; personal development e.g. passing your driving test; and community service e.g. coaching mini- rugby every Sunday morning or just doing the weekly shop for someone. These are just some of the activities that our students have included in their enrichment matrix. What you do is up to you in liaison with your form tutor. There are also many activities organised within school e.g. mentoring Year 8 pupils, buddying Year 7 pupils. 
 
 
Students are encouraged to have a voice through Student Executive Council, Sixth Form Student Committee and Student Voice meetings. The Sixth Form Student Committee also raises many thousands of pounds for charities with a rag week and lots of social events.
 
 
The latest addition to our portfolio of what’s on offer is an expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua in July 2018 and entries into The National Debating Matters and Young Enterprise competitions.
 

 

 

Learner success

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.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

Route One:

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.

Route Two:

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.

Last updated date: 19 January 2018
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