Welcome to Neale-Wade Academy
Neale-Wade Academy aims to provide a high standard of Post 16 education. This includes a large range of A levels and a number of technical applied 3 courses. A dedicated Post 16 Centre supports students from Year 11 onto Level 3 qualifications, helping them reach their potential and guiding them through transition to university, higher education, apprenticeships or employment.
Open Day: 9 November 2017
Students can access one of three pathways; A/A*, Traditional or Technical Level 3
Students entering the A/A* Pathway will have 6 A/A* GCSE (7+) grades including those grades in chosen subjects. These students will have the potential to study four A Levels. They will chose four subjects including two from facilitating subjects. Advice and guidance for these students will be targeted at Oxbridge and the leading Russell Group Universities.
Students entering the Traditional Pathway will have achieved at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C (5+) or above including English and Mathematics at Grade 5. They will study three subjects to A Level in Year 13. Advice and guidance for students in the Traditional Pathway will be targeted towards university entry as well as apprenticeships and skilled employment.
Students entering the Technical Pathway will have passed at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 and preferably a B (6+) grade or Merit in the subjects they wish to study. They will study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels) and an A Level or an Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A level). Advice and guidance for students in the Technical Pathway will also be targeted towards university entry as well as apprenticeships and skilled employment.
We operate a fixed block system for choices. For A level subjects, students need to select one subject from each block. Subjects that cross two option blocks are double award subjects and are the equivalent of two A Levels. An extended diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels.
Block A Subjects
Philosophy and Ethics
Block B Subjects
Block C Subjects
Government & Politics
BTEC Travel and Tourism
BTEC Creative Media
BTEC Forensic Investigation
Block D Subjects
English Language and Literature
BTEC Applied Law
The following subjects are worth two A Levels and are in Blocks A and B:
Art & Design
Health and Social Care
The following subject is worth three A Levels :
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport
For more details of our block arrangement, please see our Post 16 Prospectus which will be available on the open day.
Neale-Wade Academy opened in April 2013 at the end of a multi-million pound BSF building project. A large proportion of the new buildings were opened in September 2012 including a new Post 16 centre comprising of a common room with kitchen area and new, indoor private study facilities with wireless capabilities. Our science and DT facilities are impressive with specialist labs for A Level teaching. IT and business also have specialist areas as well as music, drama, and media.
Students are placed in tutor groups with a form tutor who offers them day to day support and guidance. These tutors have experience with UCAS applications for university as well as guidance for other Post 18 choices. Form tutors also carry out academic mentoring and target setting. The students are supported by the Assistant Head of Post 16, Mrs Gribble.
The Post 16 Centre is led by Dr Spibey (Assistant Principal). In addition, a Pastoral Assistant, Mrs Ayers, offers additional support to students.
2016 saw a further increase in results at A Level and in vocational courses and 93% of subjects achieved 100% pass rate at A Level. Over 90% of our students apply to university and get places on the courses of their choice. Further details can be found at http://www.neale-wade.org/page/?title=Life+after+Neale-Wade&pid=85
In addition the following strategies have been undertaken to improve the attainment and progress of our students:
- Advice and guidance is targeted at contining learning Post 18 whether that be at university, through an advanced or higher apprenticeship or in skilled employment with training.
- We encourage students to take up work experience alongside their academic studies. The Academy has good relationships with local businesses as well as primary schools who work with us to support our students.
- Our dress code for students ensures an ethos of good presentation with students acting as role models.
- We have developed student focus groups covering charity, social, rewards and teaching and learning
We offer a number of pathways to cater for students of all academic backgrounds ensuring students can follow a curriculum with which they can be successful and that will give them the qualifications necessary to progress in their desired route. Entry requirements for all pathways are set to ensure all students applying for courses will be successful.
Any subject specific entry requirements are detailed in the course information in our prospectus.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Neale-Wade Academy through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.