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Welcome to Cowes Enterprise College

Dear Students,

I am excited to welcome you to Cowes Enterprise College Sixth Form. Sixth Form brings a new chapter of your life where you make big decisions about your future and a time to develop a variety of skills to prepare you for your future destinations whatever they may be. At times, the next two years will be the most challenging and rewarding you will have ever experienced and you will push yourself to become the most successful that you can be. I am looking forward to the opportunity to support you on this journey.

We offer support and guidance to enable you to succeed as an independent, self-motivated and confident individual. We provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities.

We are passionate about providing support and guidance at a crucial point in your life. Upon leaving Cowes Enterprise College we want to see wellrounded individuals fully prepared for life having received the appropriate support for your chosen pathway to University, higher level apprenticeship or employment.

Sixth Formers play an integral role within the College. We offer excellent leadership opportunities with many programmes to allow you to gain more skills and development.

I am proud to lead a hard-working, friendly, supportive Sixth Form who are excellent role models for the College. I look forward to welcoming you to the Sixth Form. All you need to do now is go and get some fabulous GCSE results.

Mrs Doherty
Head of Sixth Form

About us

Ethos and Values

We strive every day to create an education that sees the young people of Cowes and the community beyond get the very best, not just in an academic sense but also in developing the skill set, confidence, attitudes and aspirations that will provide the catalyst for sustained success throughout their lives. Our ambition is:

  • To empower students to become independent and confident with the self-belief that they can influence change
  • To provide the support and guidance to teach them skills they will need in adulthood
  • To encourage and develop in all members of the academy, our core values of:
    • Honesty
    • Empowerment
    • Awareness
    • Responsibility
    • Trust

The safety and wellbeing of students is of paramount importance for us at the academy and our pastoral system is designed to ensure each individual child has the both the support and guidance that they need throughout their learning time with us. We actively encourage students to develop the key skills of teamwork, communication and respect in all that they do.


The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. Above all, it is the care that our staff show for students and the respect that students have for staff and one another that makes young people feel safe and supported. We promise to do all we can to promote a positive, supportive and caring school.

Additional support

16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is for young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education after 16.

There are 2 types of bursary:

A Bursary of £1,200 a year to young people who:

  • are in care/care leavers, or
  • are receiving income support (or universal credit), or
  • have a disability and receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or universal credit and personal independence payments)

A Discretionary Bursary for students who are most in need. Priority will be given to:

  • 1 students eligible for free college meals (see over for information)
  • 2 students whose families receive child/working tax credit and/or annual gross household income less than £22,000

Unfortunately this may result in some students not receiving financial support.

The Bursary Fund can contribute towards the cost of travel and essential course equipment, educational visits, etc.

16-19 Free College Meals

As well as the bursary fund, some students may receive free college meals. You will be eligible for these if you or your parent(s) receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • State Pension Credit (guarantee element)
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Universal Credit

Learner success

The achievement of young people in secondary school is much more than their examination results. With the help of parents and families, we hope above all to help the children who join us to leave as well adjusted and confident young adults.

Academic success is an important part of this. We are pleased to have seen recent improvements in our examination outcomes, although we are honest about where we need to improve as an academy and we are working hard to ensure outcomes continue to get even better

The performance of students in the sixth form has improved consistently over the last four years. The proportion of students gaining top grades at A-level is one of the highest in the area.

  • With the guidance and support of our experienced team of sixth form tutors, in 2015 all of the students who wanted to go to university gained places, with most going to their first choice institution

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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