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Welcome to Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Welcome to our website. I hope the information included here gives you at least some flavour of the many facets of the vibrant, exciting and successful community that is Thomas Whitham Sixth Form. 

The sixth form shares a modern, state of the art campus with our primary partners, the Faith Centre and the Public Library and is proud to serve as a centre of high quality learning right in the heart of the local community. 

We were delighted that the very recent Ofsted inspection praised us for the good quality of education that we offer, our very effective teaching and our students’ “thirst for knowledge!”  They also commented upon the outstanding support offered, the strength of the relationships in the Sixth Form and of the passion for teaching shown by our staff. 

I would relish the opportunity for you to come and see for yourself just what Thomas Whitham Sixth Form has to offer and to experience our warm, inclusive community life. To book a Headteacher tour of the Sixth Form, simply contact Sarah Clegg, my PA on or call on 01282 682272. 

I wish you every future success and look forward to meeting you 


We are very pleased to share with you the findings of our most recent  Ofsted Inspection (March 2016). The Ofsted inspection confirmed, “Thomas Whitham Sixth Form provides a good standard of education.
There is a high standard of teaching by highly trained professionals who demonstrate great subject expertise and who are passionate about teaching.”
This is enhanced by a strong pastoral and guidance system that creates a caring and supportive environment where students feel valued and take
pride in their work.

About us

We are a Sixth Form where learning is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience embedded with high expectations for all our learners. Personalised learning programmes are being developed for our new technology-rich environment thereby allowing all learners to realize their full potential. We are a Sixth Form which values all individuals and makes a positive contribution to everyone's personal and social development by fostering self-esteem and self-discipline as well as respect for others from different backgrounds, faiths, cultures and abilities thereby supporting positive social interaction and inclusion. We are developing an awareness of shared spiritual values and provide opportunities for all within our community to explore their spirituality from a particular faith perspective or from none.

We are a Sixth Form which is representative of the best in our community with positive relationships at the heart of everything we do. We are a Sixth Form which collaborates with a variety of partners in the community to enrich the learning as well as personal and social development of all our learners. We embrace the philosophy of an 'extended' learning centre, a Sixth Form serving and shaping the local community. The co-located Faith Centre, Public Library and Primary school partners (a Primary School, a Primary Special School and a Nursery school/Children’s Centre) are fundamental to this philosophy but every opportunity will be taken to build and extend further links with our community. Our Sixth Form is becoming an active resource throughout the day, week and year. The collaborative Social Enterprise Company has been a trigger for generating and maintaining a vibrant life for the campus. The aim of this Company is to deliver the community cohesion and extended schools agendas. This is an exciting and ground-breaking initiative.

Our new Sixth Form environment provides high quality, state-of-the-art, facilities creating a truly 21st Century learning environment. A modern, flexible, technology-rich learning environment developed within a sustainable and 'green' institution is becoming a real community centre and thereby engendering a sense of pride, place and ownership for everyone within our community not just our learners. We are an innovative self-evaluating organisation which functions effectively and successfully responding to the needs of the learners, parents, staff and the wider community. All staff work as reflective practitioners evaluating and enhancing the quality of their input to the organisation. As such they are a vital resource for our whole community thereby further engendering a sense of pride, place and ownership for everyone.

The Sixth Form is fully committed to safeguard and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Facilities available

Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is state of the art, purpose built Sixth Form centre developed as a key part of Burnley Campus in 2006. Our excellent teaching, learning and enrichment facilities include:

  • A fully WiFi enabled campus, with access for students on their own devices.
  • Six dedicated computer rooms.
  • A Laptop Library where students can borrow a laptop for use around the campus, free of charge.
  • A state of the art media and film room, for creating editing high definition films.
  • A recording studio for Music Technology students.
  • A specialist electronics and woodwork workshop, along with design studio for Technology Students.
  • Three purpose built and equipped art studios.
  • A fully equipped textiles room.
  • Purpose designed labs for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • A sports hall, fully equipped gym, climbing wall, dance studio, and all weather outdoor pitches for PE.
  • Three lecture theatres.
  • An auditorium with full theatrical lighting rig and sound system for Performing Arts.
  • An Independent Learning Area offering students a peaceful environment to get on their private study.
  • Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom.

Sixth Form Students also have access to the extensive public library located on Burnley Campus.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016

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