Welcome to Oldershaw Academy
Oldershaw Academy Sixth Form is a warm, welcoming and vibrant community. Relationships between students and staff are outstanding and are underpinned by our philosophy of ‘excellence through achievement, care and creativity’.
We offer a wide range of AS, A level and Vocational courses to meet the needs and aspirations of our students, and this curriculum offer is complemented by our enrichment programme which reflects our status as a specialist college for Business and Enterprise especially taking into consideration employability skills required in the workplace. This programme aims to develop skills and expertise in areas such as leadership and management, enterprise and personal finance. Students’ leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills are also developed through involvement in local, national and international projects as well as through a range of other extra curricular activities.
We provide a great deal of guidance and support to ensure that students are on appropriate courses and that they make the most of all the opportunities available to them. The pastoral system is strong, and the monitoring of progress is rigorous. This ensures that students receive all the support they need to succeed at Oldershaw and equip them for the future.
We believe the sixth form should be a massively enjoyable experience for students in terms of both academic success and personal development, and our students play a huge role in determining many aspects of our provision. They have a high standing within the school community, represent the school at a range of events and support younger pupils in their learning.
This balance of curriculum, enrichment and personal development opportunities ensures that Oldershaw students fully enjoy their sixth form experience and find it both rewarding and challenging.
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Oldershaw Academy Sixth Form is a non-selective, coeducational provider. It doesn't discriminate on the grounds of ability, and the curriculum is designed to reflect this philosophy by providing progression routes to higher education, training and employment.
We offer a wide range of AS, A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, which require entry level qualifications of 5 GCSE grades A* - C, including English and Mathematics and for the two/three years every one of our Level 3 students who wanted a place at university achieved that. We also offer a number of successful Vocational qualifications.
Ofsted recognised the quality of our provision and stated in our most recent inspection that ‘The curriculum in the sixth form meets students' needs and offers good progression opportunities for pupils who do not achieve the GCSE grades required to study A levels.' We offer a range of BTEC Vocational courses that give every student the opportunity to succeed.
Oldershaw’s Sixth Form students benefit from being based in the newly built Business and Enterprise Centre that was opened in October 2009. This wonderful facility comprises a sixth form common room, toilets, a 100 seat lecture theatre, two Apple Mac suites, an ICT room, two fully equipped business studies rooms, two offices, a tutorial room and a boardroom. These rooms are timetabled for sixth form lessons and for private self study.
The sixth form pastoral team, overseen by a deputy headteacher, comprises a head of sixth form supported by an assistant, a careers guidance person and a group of form tutors. All students are allocated to a form group when they join the sixth form and the form tutor is the person the students should contact over any issues or concerns. Students will also meet regularly with form tutors to review progress towards agreed targets.
Guidance in terms of progression routes is provided by the pastoral team, particularly the careers guidance person; and further pastoral support is provided by the head of sixth form, learning mentors, the school nurse and a range of external agencies.
Students have several private study periods each week and they can work in rooms timetabled for this purpose. They also have internet access, can use the resources in the library and can access work from home via the school portal.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Oldershaw Academy directly.