Welcome to High Storrs
High Storrs is committed to providing the highest standard of education and a positive and exciting learning environment for all students.
We are delighted that Ofsted judged our Sixth Form to be ‘Outstanding’ for the third time in our most recent Ofsted (November 2013).
The statements from the report relevant to the Sixth Form include:
The Sixth form is ‘Outstanding’ because teaching and outcomes for Sixth Form students are outstanding.
Teaching in the Sixth Form is outstanding. Teachers provide high quality lessons and supportive tuition where additional assistance is required.
Behaviour is also outstanding. Students to whom the inspectors spoke were unanimously positive about Sixth Form life. Their thirst for knowledge is a strong factor in their rapid progress in lessons.
Leadership and management in the Sixth Form are outstanding. The Sixth Form offers an outstanding range of courses supplemented by highly effective partnerships with two other local providers.
- The wide range of visits and external experiences contribute to students’ rich extra-curricular experience in the Sixth Form.
Our students have a learning environment which is second to none, including new sports facilities, drama and dance studios and new Sixth Form areas, as well as a new learning resource centre, among others. It is the perfect environment to deepen your study of subjects you studied at GCSE or to embark upon new subjects.
The Sixth Form has a uniquely supportive ethos. Students are stretched and challenged, but in a positive way, catering for individual needs and abilities. We believe that every student can and should experience success. We always involve parents if concerns arise or special praise is deserved.
But there is much more to Sixth Form life than academic achievement. Students enjoy all the opportunities of a well-resourced school, with a full package of extra-curricular activities.
We help prepare students for higher education, employment or further training, so they can play a full and responsible role in the community. Our committed and talented staff do all that we can to develop high aspirations.
We work closely with parents – we look forward to a long and productive partnership.
Claire Tasker, Headteacher
The approach to learning is very different in the Sixth Form. You have made a positive choice to continue your studies in a sixth form setting, and as a result you are more self-motivated, studying subjects in which you have a real interest.
To ensure a smooth transition into the Sixth Form, students discuss their options with staff before experiencing a preliminary taster course in July.
Throughout your time at High Storrs you are encouraged to seek the help of Form Tutors and Sixth Form staff, particularly in the early weeks when things can seem very different and new. We want you to succeed and reach your potential – we will support and help you to achieve this.
We offer you the opportunity to study in a hardworking, academic environment. You will be taught by qualified and experienced teachers who understand the demands of Sixth Form study and supported by our dedicated Sixth Form team.
The majority of our own Year 11 students stay on in the Sixth Form and we also welcome many students from schools from all over Sheffield and beyond, adding a much valued new dimension to our learning community.
We offer more than 30 A Level, BTEC and Level 3 Certificate courses at High Storrs including re-sit classes in GCSE Mathematics for those who did not achieve grade 4 at GCSE. Our unique offering of Level 3 courses attracts students from across the city, the wider region and even internationally.
The weekly Tutorial programme complements students’ academic studies by developing study skills and encouraging enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your range of experience and study a subject completely different from your A Level and BTEC programme.
Sixth Form students have their own areas within the school community: Sixth Form common rooms, which include a snack bar and a quiet study area with ICT facilities. Students also regularly use our well-equipped subject ‘break out’ spaces around school in their study periods.
All information about applying to Sixth Form, including course information and key dates at High Storrs can be found on the school website: www.highstorrs.co.uk
All courses are offered subject to sufficient demand.
Guidance and support
Our guidance and support programme is vitally important in helping to fulfil your potential in Sixth Form education. You develop a close partnership with your form tutor and subject teachers. Regular academic tutoring assesses your strengths and weaknesses and provides strategies to help you improve.
Regular academic trackers, annual reports and parents' evenings strengthen links between staff, students and parents. Our dedicated Student Support Assistants deal with day-to-day problems and help with all aspects of your learning. All Sixth Form students can access careers advice as required, and we have a comprehensive Higher Education programme to prepare students for applications to University or other institutions. Bespoke support is also available for students applying to Oxbridge.
Our aim is for you to develop as well-rounded, knowledgeable and flexible adults. The work side of Sixth Form life is of prime importance, but all of our students rate the enrichment activities a close second.
Students will be involved with a range of enrichment opportunities in our skills sessions to further develop their independence skills to prepare for life beyond Sixth Form.
One afternoon a week is reserved for enrichment activities, including sport, with teams competing locally, regionally and nationally. Drama and music engage a large number of Sixth Form students. Ensembles range from a samba band to a chamber orchestra. There are numerous choirs and rock bands and budding performers are able to audition for plays, dance performances and operas performed in school and at the Crucible Theatre.
Many departments promote industry and business challenges and students participate in interschool competitions locally and nationally. We also have strong links with universities, who offer a range of outreach programmes to stretch and challenge students further. Students involve themselves in social action projects and voluntary work in the wider community, donating their time and raising thousands of pounds for charitable causes.
Travel and learn
Each year our students have the opportunity to work in or visit European countries. Fieldwork and study weekends are an integral part of many courses and most subjects organise external lectures and visits to enhance learning.
It's not all work!
One of the main duties of the peer-elected Head Team is to organise the social life of the Sixth Form. A welcome party is held early in the Sixth Form and various events are scheduled throughout the year culminating in the final celebration, the Sixth Form Prom. We were recently affiliated with the NUS which brings many benefits to the sixth form students at High Storrs.
High Storrs Sixth Form was graded outstanding by Ofsted in November 2013. Students succeed from all starting points across a wide range of subjects.
Achievement and progress at AS and A level at High Storrs is very strong.
- 17 Students gained 3 or more A* or A grade A Levels (2 of these achieved 4 A* grades)
- 96% of candidates achieved 2 or more passes at A Level
- 99% of all A Level entries were A* - E grade
- ALPS Score: For this year is defined as ‘Very Good’
- Five students secured a place at either Oxford or Cambridge
The vast majority of students successfully complete their Y12 and progress onto Y13 to successfully complete their A Level studies.
Most Y13 students apply for Higher Education courses and gain the grades to take up a place at their first or second choice of University. Around a quarter of our students gain places at Russell Group Universities. High Storrs has a proven track record of their students gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge as well as applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Equally we have great success supporting students to other routes such as Dance Schools, Arts Schools and Drama Colleges. We also support students who choose to pursue Post 18 routes into employment and apprenticeships.
Whoever you are and whatever your ambition High Storrs can support your next steps; our students flourish in an inclusive and vibrant leaning community.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at High Storrs through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.