Welcome to Gosford Hill School
It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Gosford Hill School. Our school prides itself on the emphasis that we place on the needs and aspirations of individual students with learning very much at the heart of our work. We want our students to develop as resilient and autonomous learners, keen to overcome challenges, and take risks, so that they gain the transferable skills needed to enable them to lead fulfilling lives as confident and articulate individuals in our society.
Every student has strengths and talents, and it is our job to find and unlock that potential in every student. Whether it’s sport, art, music, Duke of Edinburgh or World Challenge, we celebrate success and recognise that learning goes beyond the classroom. Students are often more likely to remember the wealth and diverse range of opportunities available to them beyond the classroom as they are faced with new and exciting challenges.
Our pastoral system is one of our great strengths. The House system, where students are placed in tutor groups that contain students from all years, provides students with opportunities to learn from and care for each other, gain confidence and develop leadership skills.
We work closely with parents, and it is our belief that where the school, individual student and their parents work closely together, students will succeed.
It’s a privilege to lead such a wonderful school and I do hope that you find the information on our website helpful. There is so much more to learn about our school though, so I would therefore urge you to come and visit us in order to find out and experience for yourself why students, parents, staff and our wider community are so proud of our school.
Mr Nigel J. Sellars
Our goal as a Sixth Form is to ‘Foster Ambition and Inspire Success’. We provide quality learning and teaching in a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment, enabling our students to maximize their potential. Gosford Hill Sixth Form students have their own identity, but they are also an integral part of the whole school community; they have a key role as ambassadors, lead learners, mentors, coaches and role models for younger pupils. In addition to advancing students’ academic abilities, Gosford Hill School prides itself on developing students both emotionally and socially, equipping them with the skills needed to be successful once they move into the world of work or higher education. So, if you are a motivated and determined young person, who likes a challenge, then Gosford Hill is the school for you. We look forward to you joining our Sixth Form and celebrating your future success.
The Sixth Form Centre has been recently refurbished to promote a purposeful learning environment and to maximise students’ learning opportunities. We offer two Sixth Form ICT suites with a mixture of fixed terminals and laptops (Wi-Fi is available throughout the building), a higher education library, the Ron Groves study room, common room social area, kitchen and a variety of flexible private study and social spaces.
At Gosford Hill School we pride ourselves on the level of support offered to students throughout their A Level studies. We believe that regular and consistent feedback to both students and parents on student progress is pivotal to student success. On introduction day, students (with their parents) meet their new tutor to discuss future aspirations and A Level targets. There are six highly qualified and experienced tutors, who will work with the students throughout their time in Sixth Form. They will act as the main point of contact for parents. Students meet with their tutors twice daily. Tutor groups are constructed vertically, so that students can gain support and advice from current Year 13 students.
The Sixth Form team, and subject leaders, offer targeted support, ensuring that students are working towards and beyond their target grades. Subject teachers provide ‘working at’ grades every term and this information is used as the basis for discussion with students during their Academic Mentoring sessions. If concerns are raised then parents will be informed. In addition to this, parents will be invited to two Parent Consultation evenings and will receive two written Progress Checks throughout the course of the year. Needless to say, parents are welcome to make individual appointments with tutors, subject staff and the Sixth Form leadership team to discuss progress at any point in the year.
The Sixth Form is well supported by the Intervention Faculty to ensure that all students with special educational needs are fully supported. The Intervention team carry out assessments for access arrangements, which are then implemented by the exams team. The Intervention team can also help students make the transfer from Year 11 into the Sixth Form; they advise the Sixth Form leadership team on how best to support students with SEN and ensure that relevant strategies are put in place. Laptops and a further study area are also offered through the Intervention team if a student feels they may benefit from the use of either. The SENCo and Sixth Form leadership team meet once a term to identify students requiring further intervention or support. Additionally, we have built strong links with outside agencies and local support services. These links help our students and staff to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.
Alongside student support, we believe that celebrating achievement and praising hard work is crucial to motivating our students. At the end of each term, we invite any student who is on / exceeding their targets to a celebration breakfast. We also hold two high profile events to celebrate success: the Awards Evening in December and the Alderman Wise Evening in the summer term. Last year Josh Mair and Larisa Vircavs, former head boy and head girl (2008/09), returned to Gosford to present the awards. They shared their reflections of their time at Gosford Hill School as well as their accomplishments since.
Over the last two years, results in the Sixth Form have been strong. Approximately 96% of A2 examinations were passes. Many recent grades have been at A or B. This success is based on good academic teaching, individual student support and a strong sense of belonging.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Gosford Hill School directly.