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Welcome to Churchdown School Academy

Welcome to Churchdown School Academy

Churchdown School Sixth Form is a centre of quality education where all students and staff are valued equally.
We demand a high level of academic rigour in all subjects. Teaching staff are dedicated and experienced with a proven record of exam success. We embrace the concept of growth mindset in post-16 education and continually encourage students to aspire to their absolute potential.
All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, work as a team and to see education as a lifelong experience.
Please find here information on our offer for students in 2016. We aim to offer relevant courses according to each individual’s need and offer a choice of 3 different pathways. For most students, Churchdown has been their school for the last five years and we want to continue to nurture and support all students through their teenage twilight years by providing a broad and balanced curriculum choice.
Our dedicated team of Sixth Form tutors are experienced in guiding young
people through the next few years, are able to offer advice and help for anything from UCAS university applications, study skills and time management.
Our Sixth Formers are aspirational role models to younger students. They are an integral part of Churchdown School; organising many of the extra-curricular events for younger students and providing a voice for all students by running the School Parliament. Subsequently, many other opportunities are presented to Sixth Formers to take on leadership roles and other responsibilities during their time in Sixth Form that help them develop the edge over future competition in the job market or university selection.
There has been much in the press about A Level reform. The changes are being phased in; last year new A Levels began in Biology, Chemistry, History, Physics, Business, Psychology and Sociology. These subjects are different from before in that there is less coursework and a greater emphasis on the final exam. This year Art, Languages, Geography, RE and Drama are new and will follow a linear programme with a greater emphasis on exams. We will still ask those students
going down the traditional route to pick four subjects and specialise in three for Year 13. If the full A level is chosen to be studied in any of these particular A levels, the exams will be taken twice at the end of Year 12 and at the end of Year 13. In the new A Level, the AS grade does not count towards the A Level grade.
Our main hope is that students will pick courses that they can be their absolute best in and ones that will keep them motivated and enjoying their education. This booklet is a guide only; the most valuable resource in selecting courses are our teachers; students are encouraged to ask them what they think could bring them the most success.
Leanna Wisbey
Head of Sixth Form


About us

At Churchdown School Academy we aim to provide only relevant courses. We work in partnership with you, to give you advice about the best course for you.
A Level subjects
• Art: Fine Art
• Drama
• Media Studies
• Art: 3D Design
• English Language & Literature
• Philosophy & Ethics
• Art: Photography
• French
• Physics
• Art: Textile Design
• Geography
• Pyschology
• Biology
• German
• Sociology
• Business
• History
• Spanish
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• D&T: Product Design
• Further Maths
Level 3 Courses
• Business Studies - BTEC National
• Music Practitioners- Rockschool
• IT - Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma
• Science BTEC
• Vocational Computing - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
• Physical Education BTEC
• Travel and Tourism BTEC
These courses are coursework based and are continuously assessed.
Level 2 Courses:
• GCSE English Re-sit
• GCSE Maths Re-sit
What is an ‘AS’, ‘A2’ and A Level course?
‘AS’ is the first year of the old full ‘A’ Level course and represents 2 units of work. To complete the full ‘A Level’ course you will need to complete a second year and take 4 units - 2 ‘AS’ and 2 ‘A2’.
The marks from AS contribute to the final grade. If you leave after the 2 unit course, you will have completed the ‘AS’ and gain a discrete qualification.
In the new A Levels, the AS and A Level are separate qualifications; the AS is a one year course and A Level taking two years. The marks from the AS course do not contribute to the A Level course.

Facilities available


  • Excellent teaching
  • A range of AS, A2 and vocational courses
  • GCSE retakes in Maths & English
  • Academic monitoring
  • Enrichment activities
  • Small tutor groups
  • School Parliament
  • Sports Teams
  • Drama Productions
  • Trips and Visits
  • Work Experience
  • Class Support
  • Fund-Raising Events
  • Mentoring
  • Opportunities for voluntary work

Additional support

What ’s next 2016?
Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 26th November 2015
Applications need to be made by Friday 15th January 2016
GCSE Exams begin: Monday 16th May 2016
Exam Results and Sixth Form Registration Day: Thursday 25th August 2016
How to apply
All applications for Churchdown Sixth form need be made via UCAS Progress.
Information is available online: go to and search for Churchdown.
All applications will receive a reply confirming receipt of their application and a date they willbe offered a place by. If you have any questions or are worried about your choices, please do not hesitate to contact us; or if you are a student in Year 11 just come and ask.
Please see the Blocks that subjects are available in. 
Block A
English Literature and Language
Philosophy & Ethics
Retake English
Retake Maths
Travel & Tourism
Block B
English Literature and Language
Fine Art/3D Art
Further Maths
Science BTEC
Block C
Music Practitioner
Travel and Tourism
Block D
English Literature and Language
Fine Art/Textiles
Retake English
Retake Maths
Science BTEC
For information please contact:
Leanna Wisbey, Head of Sixth Form or Yvonne Orchard Sixth Form Manager
Churchdown School Academy, Winston Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2RB
Tel: 01452 713340 Fax: 01452 857367

Learner success

A level Results August 2015
Churchdown School congratulates all students for a record set of A level results. Students worked hard for their Advanced grades and were very well supported by teachers and parents.
There were 77 candidates in Year 13 and they have performed brilliantly across the full ability range and across all subjects. The pass rates have improved in every indicator! The overall pass rate is 98%. The percentage of grades at A*-C is 78 %. The percentage A* - B grades is 43%. The 15 As and 3A*s at A Level were matched by the 21 Distinction* grades (the equivalent of A* at A Level) on vocational courses.
Across academic and vocational courses, all the threshold measures have improved on all other years. There were especially good performances from a whole range of subjects, particularly at A*-C, and they include 3D Art (100%), Fine Art (86%), Textiles (100%), English Language and Literature (82%), Geography (80%), History (79%), Physics (83%), Media (96%), BTEC Computing (100%), BTEC Business (100%) and Music (100%).
All students received an offer from their chosen University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016
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