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Welcome to John Masefield High School


Welcome to John Masefield High School

We are an all-ability, 11-18 school with 879 students on roll and we were granted Academy status with effect from 1 June 2011. Our catchment includes the town’s Primary School and six primary schools from the surrounding villages. We work very closely with these primary schools with both governors and headteachers working together to provide the best possible education for all children in the cluster.

The school is situated close to the edge of the town with views over the surrounding countryside. Subject departments have well-equipped suites of teaching rooms, all with interactive whiteboards or projectors, and our seven ICT suites, with over three hundred computers, ensure that computer-based facilities are always available. Our sport and leisure complex provides excellent indoor facilities together with a large, floodlit Astroturf pitch. In 2009 we opened our Student Services Centre, the first of its kind to be established in Herefordshire. The Centre sets a new standard for inclusive and supportive secondary education, bringing together all essential pastoral and academic support services under one roof.

Our Sixth Form Centre is housed in a purpose-built, separate suite of teaching rooms, an ICT network, study room, common room and offices. We have an open entry policy with courses to suit students of all abilities and aptitudes. Numbers each year average around one hundred and twenty students and this means that class sizes can be kept relatively small.

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The considerable ability of our students partnered with the high quality teaching, monitoring, support and guidance they receive contribute to their success in the sixth form and beyond. We are confident that the sixth form experience we provide offers an excellent platform for students to progress to higher education and in their future careers.

The transition from GCSE courses to sixth form studies represents a major hurdle, but it is a challenge which our students have accepted confidently in the past. Good results at GCSE have been converted into impressively strong AS and A-level grades in recent years. The high achievement of our A-level and BTEC students is a major source of pride to us and them as they leave to take up places in some of the country’s leading universities.

Having a medium-sized sixth form means that class sizes can be kept small, the students’ learning is enhanced and their progress carefully monitored.   Students have Academic Mentors assigned to them and have regular meetings to discuss their progress and to help resolve any issues they may have.   Daily guidance and support are also readily available from the Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads of Sixth Form, Mentors and the Sixth Form Student Support Officer.  

Sixth form students are superb role models for the rest of the school and are actively involved in the life of the school.   There is a proactive student body who have instigated many initiatives to support the lower school and enrich our whole community.

Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Extended Project – a practical project or research essay which is equivalent to an extra AS qualification
  • Higher Education Programmes – to support academically able students to participate in two parallel programmes: Early Applicant is designed for those considering applications to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge or for other competitive ‘early applicant ‘courses (including Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science with students being offered dedicated advice and support.   The ‘HE+ Programme’ is run by Cambridge University in partnership with a select group of maintained sector sixth forms. The purpose of this initiative is to increase student aspiration and encourage applications to competitive universities; the programme provides extension lessons, master classes and specialist advice on competitive entry university applications. There is also a limited number of places on a two day visit to Christ’s College, Cambridge to experience master classes delivered by current Professors.
  • Enrichment - an exciting and varied enrichment programme which is offered to students to encourage active lifestyles and offer more opportunities.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  • Student Leadership Group - Every year a number of Year 13 students apply and are selected to promote and run various initiatives and form the Student Leadership Group.   Y12 students are also encouraged to support these initiatives. Working with staff, this gives the Year 13 students invaluable leadership opportunities and enables them to promote schemes that all sixth form students can get involved in. Some examples of initiatives are the Senior Prefects scheme which involves students volunteering to assist in lower school lessons, Student Voice, Amnesty International, producing a Sixth Form Newsletter, Sports & House Captains, etc. 

I am sure that our future students will have the same equally high aspirations as our current students and will be looking forward to the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead.

Mr M Hawksworth

Head of Sixth Form

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact John Masefield High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016

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