Welcome to Outwood Grange Academy
Welcome to Post 16 at Outwood Grange Academy.
“The sixth form is outstanding. Students of all abilities are admitted and all groups make rapid progress through courses well suited to their needs and aspirations.” (Ofsted 2012)
Our Post 16 Centre offers students the opportunity to learn at an institution that has been graded as 'outstanding' in every category by OFSTED in its last two inspections.
Students who join Outwood Grange Academy will not only work with teachers who are experts in their field, but will experience both challenge and support which is the hallmark of Outwood Grange Academy as a whole. Last year, Post 16 students achieved our best ever results: 100% pass rate; 59% achieving A*-B in A level subjects. On average all students leave Post with three A Levels graded at ABB.
As a National Teaching School we work with National Leaders in Education who are committed to creating 'world class' education and we share that expertise across our 'Family of Schools'. The Director of Post 16 is a Senior Leader in Education and works collaboratively with other Post 16 Leaders both within and outside of the Family of Schools. The vision of our Chief Executive Michael Wilkins is 'Students First' and everything we do at Outwood Grange reflects that single goal.
If you have any questions regarding Post 16, please do not hesitate to contact us using the following email address:
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If you missed our Open Evening, please contact the Post 16 Centre as further information sessions are planned. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2014.We expect that Interviews will be held mid to late January.
At Outwood Grange Academy our students are not simply given lessons in examination subjects, but are taught how to undertake different types of study; how to organise their time effectively; how to find out about and apply for courses in higher education or jobs and how to present themselves at interview. We also offer a varied enrichment programme with work experience, community experience as well as the Extended Project as a key part of our wider curriculum. We have planned our curriculum to respond to national changes in 14-19 education with the aim of increasing breadth and flexibility of study. We are keen to encourage young people to continue with their studies and there has never been a better time to do this at Outwood Grange Academy.
Our entry requirements on to AS Level courses are usually 5 GCSE passes at Grades A* to C; however in some cases it is possible to join Post 16 on a personalised programme of study. The Post 16 team and mentors will offer advice and guidance as to what will be your best options. We make it our priority to ensure that all of our students have the highest level of care and guidance during their time with us.
Students new to the academy are invited to spend a couple of days with us in July prior to the start of their course. This gives them a feel for the place and an opportunity to buddy up with a current Year 12 student. When students join us in September they are placed in a Vertical Mentor Group; their VMG mentor will welcome them to the academy and provide them with a Post 16 Diary and other essential information.
Creating a purposeful and creative learning environment for students is a priority for Outwood Grange Academy. The Post 16 Centre benefits hugely from sharing its site with the main Academy as the excellent facilities are available for all students, regardless of their age. We do, however, recognise the importance of Post 16 students having their own exclusive spaces within the Academy. The Academy is currently developing the Wireless network so that students can use these spaces to work on their own electronic devices. This is expected to be in operation by February 2014.
- Post 16 Restaurant
A dedicated catering team provide a vast range of food and drink produce for a whole host of dietary requirements. Water, tea and coffee dispensers are also available for students to purchase drinks during their study periods. The tables are arranged so that students can study either independently or with their friends.
- Post 16 Library
A student designed space that boasts over 30 networked computer stations with a dedicated printer. In addition to holding key subject texts for all courses, the Library is the hub for information regarding progression routes, including higher education, apprenticeships and career opportunities.
- Post 16 Study Area
A further 30 networked computer stations with printing facilities are available for students to use during their study periods. This area is also ideal for collaborative students learning.
The Art Department boasts 5 studios for students to work in, both within lessons and during their study periods, with an art expert always to hand when needed. State of the art cameras and a suite of Macbooks ensure that student’s studies are supported with the highest quality equipment. Most impressive is the Art Gallery that displays the outstanding student work. Visitors always comment on the quality of the work displayed and many students have been made monetary offers for the work they have produced.
A new £2 million Sports Academy was opened in September 2012 that has 2 gyms, a sports hall and a fitness suite. Furthermore, the facilities have superb changing facilities and a dance studio with a mirror wall. In addition to this, the Academy has an all weather astro-turf pitch.
- Performing Arts
A new Performing Arts building begins construction in November 2013 that will boast some of the most amazing facilities for the Music, Drama and Dance departments. More details to follow soon.
At the Post 16 Centre at Outwood we expect students to take responsibility for their own learning and progress and try to mirror life in the ‘world of work’ as much as possible. However we recognise that all students require individualised support in order to achieve their lifelong goals and aspirations. The quality of support offered to students is exceptional and our dedicated support services ensure that all students, regardless of their starting point, excel and succeed.
All teaching and support staff at Outwood Grange are trained in supporting learners with additional learning needs and we have specialist leaders who have expertise in supporting students with: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, visual impairment, hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mobility difficulties and other learning difficulties. Support for students can be in the form of one-to-one support in and out of the classroom, adjustments by teaching staff and appropriate technologies to enhance learning.
Please can we ask that any additional needs of students are declared at the start of the course so that the Academy can fulfil is responsibilities in making any adjustments needed.
The Outwood Grange Family of Schools recognises that all students require expert advice in planning for their future and therefore are proud to work in partnership with Careers Inc. to provide guidance from qualified and experienced advisors. All students within Post 16 will be provided with opportunities for one-to-one guidance sessions with a member of the Careers Inc. team.
Careers Inc. provide a menu of careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) services for students, including:
- one-to-one impartial guidance
- personal coaching, including how to write a CV and interview techniques and practice
- help with applications to further/higher education
- psychometric assessments with personalised feedback
- support for both students and their parents on key transition and option choices
- careers information and advice on all available options, including apprenticeships, work-based learning and traditional pathways at both 16 and 18+
- support following exam results, to help students decide what to do next
- workshops for students and parents on key career issues (which could include weighing up the costs and benefits of various post-18 choices, such as higher education and its alternatives)
In addition to having dedicated, non-teaching members of staff to support students with any personal needs or concerns, confidential one-to-one counselling is available for students from professionally qualified counsellors.
Outwood Grange Academy Post 16 Centre recognises that supporting students financially through Post 16 education can be difficult for a number of families. We therefore can offer financial support through the 16-19 Bursary scheme to support students with their educational needs. These needs will vary greatly from student to student however could include some/all of the following: transport, business dress, educational books and materials, laptops, course related trips, UCAS applications and Open Day costs, exam re-sit fees, sport activities and professional membership fees.
Entitlement to the bursary is linked to household income, benefits received or any student who finds themselves in financial hardship. Full details of the 16-19 bursary can be found on the Academy website. The following link details the 16-19 Bursary at OGA in greater detail.
A Scholar’s PhotoCard is available for full-time students aged 16-18 which entitles them to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire. Applications can be collected from the Post 16 Student Information (SID) Office after enrolment.
A students time in Post 16 can be extremely demanding and students need someone to help in supporting, guiding and tracking their progress. At the Post 16 Centre each year group has a dedicated ‘Learning Manager’. This is a non-teaching member of staff who is solely dedicated to the pastoral care and well being of students in Post 16. They act as the first port of call for both parents/carers and students regarding progress, attainment and behaviour. In addition to monitoring student progress and well being in lessons, the Learning Management team analyse student progress data six times each year to assess whether students are on track. They also work very closely with all teaching staff to help provide effective and swift intervention to get students back on track as soon as possible.
Post 16 Mentors
All students will be part of a Vertical Mentor Group with a mixture of students across all years within the Academy. In addition they will have a Post 16 Mentor who will be responsible for the student progress and development of the students in their group. The Post 16 mentor delivers the Post 18 Planning Programme and will closely monitor achievement and attendance. Students will have contact with their mentor twice a week during VMG time and once for an hour on a Friday. Your Post 16 Mentor will support students with all applications for higher education, further training or employment.
Creating a Post 16 ‘community’ is a key component of the vision for the Post 16 experience and Post 16 mentor groups play a pivotal role in achieving this. Mentor groups compete against each other in ‘league tables’ that chart the amount of praise that staff across the academy issue students. We believe that celebrating student success is an essential aspect of a student development and a student’s role and enthusiasm in achieving success for their Post 16 group plays a key role in our community.
Creating well-rounded students with a wealth of experiences is a priority at all stages at Outwood Grange, particularly the Post 16 Centre as this enhances student opportunities in securing their Post 18 aspirations. Enrichment opportunities are designed to extend students’ education and personal growth beyond their academic studies and we pride ourselves in providing a hugely varied and demanding programme. In addition to developing skills and qualities such as cooperation and resilience, these experiences are designed to create individuals prepared for the world of work or further studies.
Our results from August 2013 are some of our best to date and we are exceptionally proud of our students. Our Average Point Score indicates that students leaving Post 16 at OGA leave, on average with 3 A Levels graded ABB, way above the Local Authority average of BBC.
A Levels and BTECs combined
3+ A*-E - 93.1% (78% LA average)
2 + A*-E - 100% (96.7% LA average)
1 + A*-E - 100% (99.9% LA average)
A Level only
3+ A*-E - 67.4.1% (44.8% LA average)
2 + A*-E - 87.5.1% (64.2% LA average)
1 + A*-E - 94.4% (71.4% LA average)
Average Point Score per student - 758 (705.4 LA average)
Average Point Score per entry - 225 (204.4 LA average)
2011 - 51.9%
2012 - 53.6%
2013 - 59.9% (National average 52%)
We are extremely proud of the 0% NEET (not in education, employment and training) figure which is a year on year trend. This national measure evidences that we are able to successfully place all students after leaving the Post 16 Centre into further study at either universities, colleges or into employment. Last year all students who wanted to progress to university did so with. We have students applying to Oxbridge and prestigious Russell Group universities and each year see students take up places at these very competitive universities. We have a dedicated Oxbridge programme with students accessing specialised support from our team.
Last year we launched a very successful 'World of Work' mentoring scheme for our non-UCAS students. Outwood Grange Academy is committed to its vision of 'Students First' and as an open access Post 16 provider we hold firm to the vision of 'the only entry requirement is a willingness to learn'.
How to apply
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