Welcome to Sowerby Bridge High School
Sowerby Bridge High School Sixth Form is a vibrant and caring community of 150 students. Although their interests and abilities vary, they all share our vision to achieve, succeed and believe as well as aim high and realise their potential. Our aim is to offer the most appropriate curriculum to best meet their needs and career aspirations. We are particularly proud of the success in placing our pupils in higher education and employment.
The Sixth Form accommodation comprises of an excellent, spacious, private study and common room area in our new buildings. This can only enhance the excellent provision and support we currently offer students in their Post-16 education.
To succeed takes enthusiasm, hard work, commitment and a willingness to take responsibility for your own studies. Those of you who demonstrate these qualities will find that your Post-16 experience at Sowerby Bridge High School is a most rewarding and enjoyable time in your life
Sowerby Bridge High School is a well established co-educational comprehensive school with a growing Sixth Form. Each year the school admits approximately 170 students and the total school population is around 1000. The school has undergone significant re-modelling in recent years to provide the kind of facilities which would be expected in the 21st century and work has recently been completed giving new facilities for Physical Education, Performing Arts, Science and Design and Technology. There are also new areas for the Library and the Sixth Form, who have their own common room and study area. The school is a Specialist College in Maths and Computing, the only Calderdale school with this specialism. Provision is made for supporting those with learning difficulties.
At the beginning of the year sixth form students participate in Induction Day. The day is excellent an opportunity to engaged in teambuilding, integration and agility tests, independent learning skills, the role of the sixth from student and millennium volunteers training. It also gives students the chance to build up their confidence, meet new people and have fun.
Celebrating success is really important to us and there are many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate achievement; we do this at Presentation Evenings, Rewards assemblies and at the Sixth Form Prom. The rewards scheme in the sixth form was introduced last year and is now firmly embedded in the sixth form. Each term £500 prizes are given out for outstanding achievement, voluntary work, completing extended study work, and from HOY and from tutor nominations.
Showing responsibility is a crucial part of sixth form life. One way of manifesting this is to give your time generously to the many fundraising activities we run. Throughout the year students will contribute to many events such as Children In Need, McMillan Coffee Morning, Wear it Pink and many more.
Not only is it fun and incredibly rewarding to participate in these types of events it is also good for your CV. Writing a personal statement or letter of application is always difficult, however to stand out from the crowd potential employers and universities want to know that you have many hobbies and volunteer your time to good causes, at Sowerby Bridge Sixth Form we ensure that you get many chances to do this.
Enrichment Opportunities in the sixth form are vast and we encourage the students participate in as many activities as they can. Enrichment takes the form of sports teams, mock interviews, first aid course, work placements, volunteering, visits & trips, social outings, Media Club, mentoring, Break Duties, Calderdale Young Leaders of Tomorrow Programme & Sports Leaders Awards.
There are many opportunities for students to socialise in the sixth form. There are regular Curry nights, Pizza & Bowling events, trips to Alton towers and The Trafford Centre and the Prom.
Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre
- An excellent careers library, with up to date information on the job market. A good selection of the latest university prospectuses and careers software programmes.
- Curriculum support through non-fiction books and other resources.
- Good selection of fiction and biographies for leisure reading.
- Suite of fully networked computers with access to the internet and Windows XP operating system.
- Laser and colour printing facilities.
- Three or more books can be taken out at a time.
- A good range of daily newspapers, magazines and journals.
You will find the library staff friendly and approachable and willing to help support you in your studies. Requests for new books and other resources can be considered. The library runs a Sixth Form Media Group.
The ICT Centre has excellent equipment and facilities. The centre uses a Windows XP operating system with Microsoft Office 2010 application software.
Sixth Form students have the opportunity to use a computer for project work which is required by all subject areas.
Each student has:
- Access to the school network and the internet.
- Access to a large computer software resource ‘bank’.
- A personal e-mail address for communication.
- The facility to print work with colour and high quality laser printers.
The ICT Centre provides students with a quiet and relaxed working atmosphere. High quality teaching and support staff are there to offer assistance when you need it.
The Sixth Form Council
The Sixth Form has an elected body of students who serve on the Council and represent the students' views.
Serving on the Council gives members the opportunity to work as a team, represent fellow students and get things done from social events and charity fundraising, to better access to computers for sixth formers.
Council members are expected to set an example to the rest of the Sixth Form and to the school as a whole. This includes good behaviour and attitude, reliability, punctuality and uniform.
If you have a burning ambition to represent the masses or change things for the better and believe you can handle the responsibilities which would be placed upon you, volunteer now!
Our aim is to make sure that you enjoy your time in the sixth form and go on to be the successful person that you want to be. At the end of the day students will attend Period 6, this is when students will begin their new homework, complete PSHE lessons, work on their extended study or attend assembly or social activities such as coffee afternoons.
The aim of Period 6 is to help students to develop their language and communication skills, to increase their awareness and understanding of current issues and to improve their ability to study and learn effectively.
Each term every student has an individual tutorial with their form tutor. This is an opportunity to discuss progress, iron out problems and set targets to improve future performance. Students are placed in form groups at the start of the year.
The Sixth Form Results have been increasing year on year and has put us at the top half of the league table. We are proud of our success and the outcomes of our students. This has helped many of students move in to Higher Education.
Average Point Score Average Point Score per Entry
2012 = 704.4 227.7
2011 = 659.5 213.7
2010 = 716 217
In 2012 96% achieved A*- E grades, 83% at A*- C grades
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Sowerby Bridge High School directly.