Welcome to Leeds West Academy
Message from the Principal
Dear prospective student,
You are about to make an extremely important decision. Your choice of destination for your Sixth Form studies is a decision that will directly affect you for the next two years, but will ultimately set you up for a successful career or provide the keys to Further or Higher Education. The next phase in your adult life starts here. I have a vision for Leeds West Academy that takes us beyond outstanding; to provide a world-class education that will prepare our students in becoming the next generation of leaders in their chosen fi eld. This may be leaders of innovation through Science, Maths or Technology; leaders in the fi eld of Sport, Music or Performing Arts; or leaders in the world of enterprise or social reform. Whatever your ambitions, we believe that you can achieve greatness and it is my job to ensure we provide you with every opportunity to do so. We want to nurture confident, well-rounded, well-adjusted and articulate adults, who are prepared for their next steps into their adult lives. As a discerning student, you want the best for your Sixth Form studies. When choosing your provider, you need to be assured that you will be taught well, by teachers who believe in you and encourage you to believe that nothing is impossible. You need to feel confident that if you require support, you will get the help that you need, ensuring you enjoy your learning and can thrive. You need to be coached, by staff who care deeply about the progress and wellbeing of every individual. As much as you will hold these expectations, I hold the same expectations of each and every member of staff at Leeds West Academy. So I invite you to step into the personalised experience that our Sixth Form provision at Leeds West Academy has to offer. Please take the time to explore our facilities, our buildings and the resources that enrich our Academy. Be assured that our Academy is rooted in far more than just the fabric of the building. It is built upon the most powerful resource; strong and supportive relationships. As you tour our Academy, look beyond the amazing architecture and unrivalled facilities. Consider the supportive way in which our staff interact with our students. This is something from which our students benefi t, each and every day. As the new Principal, it is a privilege to lead Leeds West Academy on its journey to outstanding. I am delighted that you have taken an interest in joining us and look forward to working with you.
Message from the Head of Sixth Form
Thank you for taking an interest in Leeds West Academy Sixth Form. We offer a modern and versatile Post- 16 curriculum, providing a variety of pathways to launch young people on to the next stage of their lives, whether that’s within Higher Education or the world of work. Over the last three years we’ve achieved outstanding results in many A-Level and vocational courses, providing excellent progression routes to universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) and the wider jobs market. Leeds West Academy provides excellent support for students, both whilst they’re here and during their next steps. We understand that securing a job or higher education offer requires more than just qualifi cations; that’s why we provide a range of extra-curricular work- related learning and leadership opportunities, which are integral to our students’ experience. We also offer Sixth Form-specific clubs and societies, like the Debating Society, the Student Newspaper and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Additionally, we provide a number of scholarships awarded for excellence in specific academic and vocational fields, which provides financial support through the full two years of Sixth Form experience. Our students thrive in a state-of-the-art new building, with teachers committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience, ensuring each student reaches their full potential. Our award-winning facilities offer some of the best-resourced learning environments in the region, including a professional 320-seat theatre, full sized sports hall, gym, courts, advanced Science labs, Art studios, numerous Mac suites and much more. In 2018, our popular Football Academy, which provides exceptional quality in football training, will enter its third year. This will be complimented by the Jamie Peacock Rugby Academy, confi rming Leeds West Academy Sixth Form as a hub of sporting excellence. Our Sixth Formers are expected to be aware of their position as role-models for younger students within our learning community, and as such display inspirational attitudes throughout their time with us. In return we offer fantastic facilities, great teaching, and excellent support through every step of their journey to university or the world of work. Leeds West Academy Sixth Form provides students with an exceptional, bespoke platform to launch their careers, enrich their personal learning and forge friendships for life. We look forward to you beginning your own journey with us, taking you to exactly where you want to be.
Head of Sixth Form
Our students thrive in a state-of-the-art new building, with teachers committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience, ensuring each student reaches their full potential. Our award-winning facilities offer some of the best-resourced learning environments in the region, including a professional 320-seat theatre, full sized sports hall, gym, courts, advanced Science labs, Art studios, numerous Mac suites and much more. In 2018, our popular Football Academy, which provides exceptional quality in football training, will enter its third year. This will be complimented by the Jamie Peacock Rugby Academy, confi rming Leeds West Academy Sixth Form as a hub of sporting excellence. Our Sixth Formers are expected to be aware of their position as role-models for younger students within our learning community, and as such display inspirational attitudes throughout their time with us. In return we offer fantastic facilities, great teaching, and excellent support through every step of their journey to university or the world of work. Leeds West Academy Sixth Form provides students with an exceptional, bespoke platform to launch their careers, enrich their personal learning and forge friendships for life.
Choosing your pathway
We are pleased to be able to offer a broad curriculum at Post-16, helping students with different ambitions and goals to succeed. We have divided the curriculum into different pathways to help students and parents understand the various options available. Level 3 academic pathway (2 years): Students on this pathway will study 3 Advanced Levels (A-Levels) over two years. A-Levels are very challenging qualifi cations and though many have some coursework, the majority of each qualifi cation is measured through external examinations. Entry requirements: 9-4 grades in 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent, including meeting the entry requirements of each course. Level 3 vocational pathway (2 years): Students on this pathway will study largely vocational subjects like BTEC Sport, BTEC Health and Social Care or BTEC Information Technology. These are new reformed qualifi cations and most subjects now include challenging exams as well as the more traditional coursework. Some vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 A-Level in terms of the points they are worth (e.g. Extended Certifi cates). Others are equivalent to two A-Levels (e.g. Extended Diplomas). We offer the following vocational qualifi cations: • BTEC Extended Certifi cates (one A-Level equivalent) • BTEC Extended Diplomas (two A-Level equivalents) • VTCTs (one A-Level equivalent) • OCR Cambridge Technicals (one A-Level equivalent) Entry requirements: 9 - 4 grades in 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent, including meeting the entry requirements of each course. Level 2 pathway (1 year): The level two pathway is one year in duration and exists to support students who need to focus on English and Maths GCSE. Students will also study Level 2 BTECs in Health and Social Care, PE or Public Services. At the end of the one-year programme, students may begin a two-year Level 3 programme with us, or move on to an alternative post-16 provider. Combining vocational and academic subjects: It is completely appropriate for students to study a mix of academic and vocational subjects (e.g. taking a combination of A-Levels and BTECS based on their interests and goals). Resitting English and Maths: Any student who has not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Maths will be given additional lessons and the opportunity to re-sit these examinations in November and June. Students will be considered on a case by case basis if they do not meet the entry requirements of a chosen course.
Clubs and Societies - On top of providing an outstanding education through our Post-16 qualifications, we also recognise the importance of providing educational opportunities beyond the classroom. Our brilliant Sixth Form teachers offer a range of after school clubs and societies that are becoming increasingly popular with our students. In 2017 we are running the Debating Society, the Student Newspaper, the Basketball Team and by 2018 this offer will expand to suit further interests of our young people.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme In 2017 - we have re-launched the highly prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for our sixth formers who are looking to develop their leadership and teamwork skills through volunteering and outdoor pursuits. Students on this scheme will be provided with specialist expedition equipment and full support to ensure they are successful in achieving this award.
Some facts and stats worth sharing • In 2017, ALPs* rated our overall A-Level performance as "Very Good." • Almost half of all A-Level subjects received an ALPs rating of "Excellent" or higher. • Ten Year 13s went onto study courses at prestigious Russell Group Universities. • 100% of our university applicants were successful in securing a place at their chosen university. • 75% of all A-Level students hit their challenging target grades. • BTEC Sport and BTEC Performing Arts received an APLS rating of "Excellent". *The Advanced Level Performance System (ALPs) is a national data comparison service allowing providers to compare the performance of their students and qualifications.
Leadership development - We take student leadership extremely seriously at our Sixth Form, recognising the talents of our students by allowing them to shape and infl uence the organisation of which they are part; doing so helps develop essential leadership skills and improves the education of all students in the Academy. We have an elected Sixth Form Leadership Committee which meets weekly to discuss and shape the student experience. We also encourage all students to participate in the Personal Development Programme, in which they spend one hour a week teaching, coaching or supporting our lower school students.
How to apply
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