Welcome to Wirral Grammar School for Boys
Wirral Grammar School has a large and successful Sixth Form with about 300 full time students. For many years we have had an enviable record of excellent results at A-level, large numbers going on to university and colleges and places being gained in worthwhile employment. It is almost unknown for a Sixth Former to leave the school who has not been "launched" into a career. The vast majority of students gain entry into university and 85% of our students gain a place on their first choice course.
This is what OFSTED thought of the Sixth Form when they inspected the school in March 2006.
“The Sixth Form is outstanding. Standards are amongst the highest found nationally…. They (the students) benefit from a range and variety of teaching styles ….and appreciate the breadth of curricular and non-curricular provision. Students’ personal development is highly effective. They are well cared for and close, productive relations with teachers help to ensure that students leave the Sixth Form as well-balanced, mature and industrious individuals.
The Sixth Form is exceptionally well led and managed ….. “
(extract from OFSTED inspection report, March 2006)
and what they said in 2009
“The school ensures that students' personal development is outstanding and the quality of pastoral care and support for careers and higher education is excellent. Students enjoy the sixth form and value the opportunities they have to take responsibility; for example, in supporting younger students, organising assemblies and their work leading fundraising and charitable events.”
The school has distinct Sixth Form areas which consists of a Sixth Form Study Area, a new Sixth Form Centre, a Learning Resource Centre and a 120 seat Conference Centre.
The Sixth Form is an exciting period for any young person. Students follow courses only in their chosen subjects and for the first time there are private study periods. Teaching usually takes place in smaller groups than in earlier years, leading to much more relaxed relationships between teacher and pupil.
But there are responsibilities too. The Sixth Form should see each student gradually taking responsibility for his own learning. The school provides the facilities and the teaching expertise. It is up to the student to make the most of these opportunities. It is not enough to attend lessons and do the set homework. To make the most of your opportunities, you should be inspired by your subjects and be willing to immerse yourself in them. Thus you would be encouraged to read around the subject, make visits, watch relevant TV programmes, make use of new technology, come to terms with conflicting interpretations, follow up new ideas and find out the career opportunities which exist in your particular field of interest.
Academic study will always be the linchpin of Sixth Form life, but it should be seen, too, as a time for exploring other opportunities. It is a good idea to get involved, participate and to try new things - singing, acting, music, clubs, societies, perhaps a new sport. It may be a cliché, but you really do get out what you put in.
Students are helped to understand their potential right from the outset. Targets are set in the first week of the Lower Sixth and progress against these targets is assessed a regular intervals. A team of sixteen Tutors, in addition to the Head of Sixth Form and two Deputies, are responsible for the pastoral care and academic progress of all students.
For the majority of students, the main course will consist of four AS level subjects of their choice plus AS level General Studies. Students then decide which subjects to continue at A2. We also offer a programme which includes the Extended project Qualification and courses endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Management.
Thus, at the end of their programme of study, most students will have had the opportunity to obtain an A level certificate in four subjects plus General Studies and complete an EPQ to support their university application. These are the qualifications which will be most important for those seeking entry to university and for those hoping to find employment at this stage.
Each Wednesday afternoon all students take part in a games/activities afternoon. The range of options is constantly being expanded and the afternoon represents not only a pleasant contrast to academic studies, but also an opportunity to develop skills and interests. Games fixtures for the school`s major sports - rugby, hockey, cricket - are often organised on a Wednesday afternoon, but in addition there are other activities such as golf, and any of the many sports offered at the Bebington Oval Sports Centre.
Students currently have access to a staffed Learning Resource Centre containing around 14,000 books, and computer and internet facilities. A full range of career details and university prospectuses is kept permanently updated.
There is a 100 seat lecture theatre and supervised private study area.
There is a large common room for relaxing and more informal study.
The school has a large Sports Hall and fully equipped Gymnasium to which Sixth Form students have exclusive access on Wednesday afternoon
On joining the Sixth Form, all students are allocated to a tutor group, each consisting of students from all years in the school. This provides significant leadership opportunities for Sixth Formers who will assist Tutors in running the House Group. The House Group Tutor will be the first person to consult on pastoral or administrative matters. Tutors will also regularly review progress against target with students, on one to one basis when needed.
The Sixth Form Council convenes bi-termly. The Head teacher and the Head of Sixth Form meet a representative from each Sixth Form tutor group to discuss items of mutual interest. The Sixth Form council representative is elected by each tutor group. The council is a forum for requests to be made, views and opinions to be offered as well as the exchange of information.
Each student has several private study periods each week. In the Lower Sixth, these must be spent in the study centre or library, working quietly under the supervision of a member of staff. This is to help you get into the habit of using the time constructively. In the Upper Sixth you may choose to spend private study time in the study centre, the library or the social area. There are also opportunities to use the IT rooms during study periods.
Sixth Form students also have access to a learning mentor who can assist with pastoral and social issues.
The vast majority of our students go on to higher education, mostly into first choice universities and courses. Most years over thirty universities will welcome students from the school. Typically around five to seven students will go to Oxford and Cambridge each year and eight to twelve will begin courses at medical school.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.