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Wellingborough School


Preparing for life beyond school


An interview with Sarah Baxby – Head of Sixth Form at Wellingborough School


What is Sixth Form life like at Wellingborough School? Life in Sixth Form is always busy. T ere are diff erent expectations on students as Sixth Formers, not only in terms of their studies but also the part they play in the wider aspects of the school. However, we always fi nd that our students meet these challenges and thoroughly enjoy their two years with us.


What makes it different to other Sixth Forms? I believe that Wellingborough Sixth Form is unique in the fact that we place equal priority and expectation on developing the student through the learning, co-curricular programme, and community-based activities we provide. From the moment students join us we are working towards preparing them for life beyond the school, with both the academic qualifi cations and life experiences that ensure they are well equipped for their life ahead.


How many A Level subjects do you offer? We off er over 20 high-quality A Level subjects in the Sixth Form. We constantly review our off er to ensure that we provide a varied but relevant range of subjects for our students. As well as the main A Level subjects we also


off er the Extended Project Qualifi cation (EPQ), a course that is keenly welcomed by universities and employers.


How many pupils are there in Sixth Form? We have over 150 students within the Sixth Form. We welcome students who are already at the school as well as new students from a range of schools both locally and even from abroad.


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What GCSE grades do you need to qualify for entry? We look for students to be achieving four subjects at grade 6 and two at grade 5; however, students taking Maths A Level need to achieve a grade 7 in Maths.


Tell us more about the EPQ? T e EPQ is a sought-after qualifi cation with a high take-up within our student body. T is qualifi cation allows our students to take on a project of their choosing, which they will research, plan and complete with the support of Sixth Form staff to guide them. T is qualifi cation can be a production, written research project or an artefact. Topics have ranged from a selection of poetry to revamping a VW Beetle.


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