Welcome to Holyhead
Whether you are already part of the Holyhead family or currently studying elsewhere, our Sixth Form offers a unique opportunity for you to maximise your potential by accessing our outstanding academic and pastoral support. We are very proud of our aspirational community and there is a real sense of mutual respect and partnership. Holyhead values both academic and vocational pathways and therefore offers an inclusive curriculum with a wide variety of both A Level and BTEC courses that meet the needs of our learners. The drive towards excellent outcomes for students is at the heart of our ethos. Holyhead is a very popular Academy and our reputation for innovation and academic achievement continues to grow. I am confident that the coming years will bring even greater success and so I am very proud to introduce this prospectus to you and do hope that you choose to study with us in the near future.
We aim to:
• provide students with outstanding teaching, academic challenge and support in order to ensure all students achieve their potential
• provide students with the guidance and support needed to ensure they are prepared for the next steps in Higher Education, Apprenticeships and future employment
• support students’ personal development with a variety of enrichment opportunities which will nurture the skills needed to help students remain happy and healthy participants in the local and global community
At Holyhead we believe that learning should extend beyond the classroom and we feel it is important that our students have opportunities that will enable them to have a well-rounded experience of Sixth Form life. Employers and universities are not only interested in high grades, they want people who are willing to embrace new challenges, work well with others and have leadership skills.
All Year 12 and some Year 13 students choose an enrichment activity alongside their subjects. Some of which carry additional qualifications, others allow students to develop a new skill or are simply a way of letting off steam. Students’ commitment to the enrichment programme and other achievements will be referred to in employer and/or university references and provide useful evidence in personal statements.
- Stem projects
- becoming a member of the Sixth Form Committee
- becoming a Sixth Form Prefect
- writing for the Pulse magazine
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- University Master classes • Work Experience
- The Extended Project
- First Aid training
- NCS: The Challenge
All students have an Academic Tutor who is their daily point of contact. Tutors monitor students’ progress and have regular one to one mentoring sessions. Tutors also run a number of workshops which focus on study skills, transition, future career options and interview preparation. Much emphasis is placed on ensuring students are supported through examination periods and that all students are on the right courses for their prospective career path.
Competitive Courses Programme
The programme is designed to provide students with tailored support and guidance for the most competitive university courses and Apprenticeships. The programme aims to develop a variety of skills including research skills, presentation skills, critical thinking and problem solving.
The programme provides support with university applications and interviews for courses including: Medicine applications and programmes with professional accreditation such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Nursing. Students on the programme have regular mentoring by the Sixth Form team and access to a variety of additional programmes.
- Subject mentoring
- The Extended Project
- Medical Admissions (BMAT) support
- Interview guidance University Master classes
- Independent University modules
Students can also take advantage of a wide range of external programmes whilst at Holyhead Sixth Form including:
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Pathways to Medicine
- Pathways to Law
- Birmingham A-B Scheme
- Oxbridge Mentoring
- The Nuffield Foundation Research Placement
- University Master Classes
- Skills Test support for teaching • Aim Higher Mentoring
Career Information Advice and Guidance
Impartial one to one careers advice and guidance are available for all students at Holyhead. Students will be supported in developing an appropriate career plan and will be required to attend a work experience placement. Students will be given advice by their Tutors on education, training and work opportunities, as well as assisting with applications for universities or jobs. We offer one-to-one interviews, careers workshops and access to a range of careers resources and software.
Mentoring and Counselling
Students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to have one to one support with our Sixth Form mentor. This will identify if anything is getting in the way of their learning and offer any further support or help needed. Some students also find counselling during examination periods useful. Students can book an appointment with the mentor or may be referred by their Tutor.
Financial support is available for students who meet the 16-19 Bursary requirements and will be discussed during the interview and induction.
A* - A - 16%
A* - B - 47%
A* - C - 70%
A* - D- 95%
A* - E - 99%
Top achievers include:
Mariya Akhter who achieved A*A*A* and will be reading History at the University of Birmingham
Asail Hendi who achieved A* AA and will be reading Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham
Jaspreet Takhar who achieved AAA who will be reading Medicine at the University of Birmingham
Hamandeep Kaur who achieved AAA who will be reading Psychology at the University of Birmingham
Manisha Guru who achieved A*AA who will be reading Psychology at the University of Bristol
Mandeep Sahi who achieved A*AB who will be reading History at the University of Bristol
Jardel Smith who achieved AAB and will be reading Business Management at the University of Birmingham
95% of our students go on to University, with the remaining 5% achieving places on competitive apprenticeship programmes.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.