Welcome to Gowerton School
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Gowerton Sixth Form. As Head of KS5 I work
closely with teachers and staff to ensure that we best prepare our 6th Form students for
their futures, based on their individual needs. At Gowerton School we pride
ourselves on offering a personal and bespoke service to all our pupils in Years 12 and
13. Just as we have successfully supported pupils throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 we promise to provide the same continued support through this next exciting stage.
Aside from the wide range of academic courses on offer, led by an excellent team of
experienced teachers and examiners, our students also have access to many more
opportunities. Sixth Form students at Gowerton each have a personal tutor, access
to a careers officer and the opportunity to be involved in whole school events. We
provide quality PSE lessons, thorough examination preparation and constant UCAS
support and guidance. Furthermore our pupils are offered a variety of excursions
whilst having the option to take part in sports fixtures, musical events and tours
abroad. There is never a dull moment here, hence our students have lots to talk
about when it comes to interviews, or plenty to write about when completing
We operate an ‘open door’ policy in the sixth form which means that our students
and their parents are always most welcome to discuss any concerns or queries,
either with myself or with another member of the pastoral team. Indeed I look
forward to working with many of you soon.
Mrs S. Thomas
Head of Sixth
Studying in the Sixth Form is very different from what has gone before. You will be
studying fewer subjects, you will be working in smaller groups and you will have
some independent study time when you will have to organise your own learning.
In the Sixth Form you will start off studying either 2, 3 or 4 AS levels plus the Welsh
This course of study will lead to a qualification at the end of the first year of study.
This is why it is important that you start purposefully. The qualifications you achieve
here will be important in themselves, in the marks you will carry forward to the
second phase of the A level (A2), and for your applications for Higher Education or
for a job.
Most students in their second year of study will carry on with two or three subjects
through to the A level examinations known as A2. These are the exams which will be
most significant in determining your success in getting to the University or training of
your choice at 18. Advanced study is hard work, but it is also rewarding and enjoyable,
if approached in the right way. You have the opportunity to work at a much
smaller number of subjects, which you can enjoy.
Look at the courses available at one of our open evenings or at any time on our
school website. Feel free to talk to teachers about the courses. Remember that no
final decisions are necessary until September.
Don’t forget; the priority now is success at GCSE.
Every effort is made at Gowerton to create a distinctive environment for sixth form life.
Students are encouraged to take an active part in a wide variety of different activities.
A selection of these are shown below:
- Departmental fieldwork courses
- Specialised courses at universities and colleges
- Outside speakers
- University and college open days
- University Summer Schools
- Access to the internet
- Work experience
- Theatre trips
- Peripatetic music lessons
- Senior choir, orchestra and bands
- Fund raising for charity
- Sports (there are senior rugby, soccer, hockey and cricket squads and many other sports are available)
- Sixth Form Committee (through this you can play an active part in organising your own
- The Prefect System
- Assisting with the school library
- Assisting teachers with pupils with special educational requirements
- Careers Advice
- 'Taster’ Days/Weeks at Universities
- 'Oxbridge’ preparation'
- Safe Driving Course
- HE + Programme
Gowerton School offers good accommodation for the Sixth Form. Sixth Form teaching is always in small groups, in specialist accommodation where required. There are ample facilities for research and private study in the library, Welsh Baccalaureate rooms in A block and B block and designated sixth form study room.
Gowerton Sixth Form places great emphasis on providing a comprehensive system of
guidance and advice for students. We pride ourselves on our pastoral care of all students.
Group and individual needs will be catered for through:
1. A Personal Tutor System
Each student is allocated a personal tutor who has responsibility for monitoring
academic work as well as personal and social welfare. Students register with their
tutor every morning and also have individual meetings from time to time. This
personal contact remains the same throughout the Sixth Form.
2. Specialist Advisory Team
A team of staff with detailed knowledge and expertise are readily available to see
individual students to discuss matters concerned with academic work, career plans
and applications to higher education.
The Child Welfare Manager offers Sixth Form pupils support and guidance. We
emphasise the responsibility young adults have for their health and welfare. Support
could include a discussion on any health-related issue. Health issues are also
raised through the PSE programme.
4. Learning Coaches/Mentoring
This is available for students who need some extra help and guidance for their A
5. Action Planning
During Year 12 students are encouraged to achieve goals which will gain them
favourable consideration when seeking entrance to institutions of Higher Education
or applying for jobs. This involves individual students in a variety of activities which
support the learning process and add to their overall development.
6. Monitoring and Reporting
There is a system of regular monitoring and reporting to let students and their
parents know of their progress in subjects. In addition a more detailed report is
issued once a year. If the monitoring process reveals a cause for concern for any
student, then steps are taken to help. Initially, the Personal Tutor will discuss the
problem with the student and then further action is agreed. Students are encouraged
to seek help and advice at any time when they feel they need it.
7. Careers Advice
All sixth formers receive careers advice from a specialist Careers Adviser.
Students receive careers interviews and are encouraged to form personal
8. Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
What is an EMA?
It is an allowance worth up to £30 a week (paid fortnightly) for students who are aged 16 or 17 and continuing in further education from September each year. Payments will be made direct to your bank account.
In order to receive your fortnightly payment, you must first sign a Learning Agreement with your school or college which will set out what is expected of you in terms of attendance, course work and progress. You must also then attend all of your course sessions. Further information is available from Mrs Dawn Devonald.
Applications should be made from July to September each year. Any applications received after 31 October will not be backdated to the start of the academic year.
You may qualify for an EMA if:
- Your 16th or 17th birthday falls on or between 1 September and 31 August in the next
- Your household income is £20,817 (conditions apply). If you think you are eligible, please refer to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/EMA or contact the EMA Wales customer service team on tel: 0300 2004050 or see Mrs Rebecca Chahal in Pupil Records.
- Your academic or vocational course involves at least 12 hours of guided learning per week (such as lectures and supervised study.) For instance it might be for AS or A2s, GCSE, or other qualifications.
Before the end of the summer term “The Little Book of EMA” should be available in school to answer any queries you may have regarding EMA.
A comprehensive and engaging P.S.E. programme is designed specifically for Sixth Formers.
There are many visits from outside speakers and organisations as well as discussion and raising awareness of many topics relevant to young people in the 21st century.
10. Higher Education
Students who intend to enter Higher Education are given comprehensive advice on choosing courses and institutions, the application process, interview techniques (including a mock interview) etc.
11. Post Sixth Form
We offer a comprehensive and proven personal service on results day and in the
pre-university period. The Head of Year, Year Tutors and Heads of Department have
an extensive network of contacts within Admissions Departments and, together
with the Careers Adviser, are available to help during this crucial time.
Our leavers go on to study a wide range of courses at university such as: Medicine, Denistry, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Art, Design and Illustration and many more. Other successful routes include apprenticeships and employment opportunities.
Former pupil statements:
'Sixth form staff were useful for giving guidance about the future as they understood your strengths and could talk through your options' Nia Beynon
Freelance fashion illustrator and digital communication. Studied fashion promotion and marketing after A levels in Art, Textiles, English and Psychology.
'Gowerton Sixth form helped me to become more independent, make my own decisions and take control of how i managed my time' Jack Hayman
An industrial design engineer working in Sweden. He studied A-levels in DT, Maths and Physics and went on to a degree in Product Design.
'I remember the close knit friendships I made at sixth form and they are still important in my life now' James McEvoy
Design Engineer at Stanska Technical Services - Studied Civil Engineering after A-levels in Physics, Maths, Computing and Chemistry
'Gowerton Sixth form was a hugely positive experience for me, not just because of the sports tours but the common room was a great social hub where evreyone knew one another and looked out for one another' Dan Biggar
Welsh Rugby International
'You get a lot of freedom in sixth form and the teachers really care about how you do and push you to achieve your best' Chris Jenkins
Working at a Proprietary Trading company following an Economics degree at University. He studied A-level Maths, History and Chemistry.
How to apply
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