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Welcome to Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Rivington and Blackrod High School Sixth Form is a well-established school sixth form with around 300 students. After completing their A level or BTEC studies the majority of these go onto university. The sixth form has a justified reputation for the strength of its academic results, which place it in the top 25% of schools and colleges nationally. And equally important to us, is reputation for a very high standard of student support and guidance.

Our Sixth Form welcomes students who were at the school in year 11, and also those from other schools across the town. Our reputation for high academic achievement and excellent individualised support makes us a popular choice for students seeking good quality teaching in small groups.

Rivington Sixth Form operates on a four day taught week, with Friday available for additional study and the all-important work experience and enrichment.

We offer high level of support for all students with a personal tutor and excellent facilities for individual study, along with a wide range of enrichment activities.

There are good transport links, with buses to a wide range of areas plus minibus services enabling convenient travel for students from the Deane Road area and Farnworth.

Enrichment activities include additional support for those applying to the most competitive university courses, at universities such as Oxford or Cambridge, and for courses such as Medicine and Law. We offer work experience placements which are vital for successful applications in many areas, such as healthcare and education. There are structured opportunities to develop leadership skills and a wide range of charitable, cultural and social events. The Sixth Form arranges several residential trips, including visits to Parliament, to the CERN project in Geneva, to New York and to Auschwitz.

Our open  evening is on Thursday 18th October 2018, from 5pm until 8pm.

If you miss that but would like to look around, please e mail the sixth form ( to arrange a visit.



About us

Rivington and Blackrod High School has held an important place in this community for centuries. We are proud of our tradition, a tradition that inolves developing ways to unlock the potential that is in each and every student.

Our mission revolves around three key principles; Community, Standards and Inclusion. We aim to provide all members of our community with the vision, knowledge and empowerment to become high achieving and positive local, regional, national and global citizens.

We offer:

An excellent education for young people aged 11-18 - An inclusive and caring environment

The school's Sixth Form is well established and welcoming, based in recently refurbished buildings.

Small class sizes – typically around twelve students in a group. Lessons are taught over four days, leaving Friday free for enrichment and work expereince.

We offer a wide range of Level 3 courses, including A-level, Applied A level and BTEC.

Each and every student in our sixth form community is important to us. We pride ourselves on our individual and personalised learning programmes which help our young people to reach their full potential and get the most of their time at Sixth Form.

We aim to provide the very best in teaching with staff that understand our young people's learning needs, really care and take an interest in each student. 

We offer a range of facilities which help young people to broaden their experience post 16 and help them to develop a strong personal profile. These include the availability of pastoral support and careers guidance, along with organised and informal sports and community activities including the Duke of Edinburgh awards, outdoor education facilities, sign language courses, charitable fundraising and business enterprise. We have two football teams, a netball team and a hockey team playing each Wednesday afternoon in the North West Colleges League.

All students have the chance to participate on a European and International trips to develop their cultural knowledge. Recent trips include visits to New York, Auschwitz and the CERN facility in Geneva.

Whichever routes students choose in year 12, they can be sure that they will benefit from our core beliefs that everybody can achieve, each student is valued as an individual, and that staff will work with students to achieve their own personal goals.

Facilities available

The Sixth Form is based in a recently refurbished college building set behind the main school. It offers a modern environment in which to study, set in a rural location on the edge of Horwich.

Facilities include...

Common Room with a bistro serving a range of hot and cold meals plus hot and cold drinks machines,

Wide range of study areas, both supervised study room and independent study pods, with computers giving access to the internet for research, a range of text books, university prospectus and subject information

A well equipped library

High quality sports facilities

Turnaround bays for buses from the centre of Bolton, Lostock, Heaton, Halliwell, Deane, Westhoughton and Chorley

Additional support

The support for students at Rivington is outstanding, as recognised in our most recent OFSTED report. The system of student support is based on high quality teaching from well qualified, experienced and caring teachers. Additionally students benefit from...

A personal tutor who students see each day, with individual mentoring every two weeks

Detailed support with careers and entry to higher education, including visits to Cambridge and other universities, mock interviews, detailed help with the application process

Senior tutors to offer advice, support and guidance in cases where students are facing barriers to their learning.

An active three way partnership involving the student, parents and the school.

Wide range of leadership, enrichment and extra curricular opportunities

Support for work experience placements



Learner success

Students in Rivington's Sixth Form have had a superb set of results in recent years.

The pass rate in 2017 was 100%, with 61% of results being either A*, A or B or equivalent

We are graded as an ALPs 4 for A level (excellent) and an ALPs 2 for BTEC (outstanding). This means that in terms of the results our students achieve, we are amongst the top 25% of schools and colleges across England.



How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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