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What opportunities do you offer beyond the classroom? There are so many opportunities available throughout a student’s time at the school; from academic enrichment, where students can gain qualifi cations such as the Sports Leaders award, to the Finance Level 2 qualifi cation. Sixth Formers can also gain leadership and careers experience from being an NCO within the Combined Cadet Force or taking part in several community events and placements. We also have a vast range of creative and artistic choices from our music groups and the Sixth Form drama production both held at the Castle T eatre, in Wellingborough.


Tell us about the new Sixth Form Centre


– how are the plans coming along? T e Sixth Form Centre plans are well under way, and our current Year 12 students are having a direct input into design elements of the build. T e build is due to be completed and ready for Easter 2022.


Is university the best choice for all students? Many of our students do choose this route, around 90% of our cohort this year alone. However, a number of our students are also actively investigating the apprenticeship route, either via degree apprenticeships


through top multinational businesses in conjunction with top universities, or as qualifi cations in their own right undertaken in the workplace. Accounting and fi nance qualifi cations in particular have proven popular, this year also saw one student take up a prestigious digital marketing apprenticeship with a major London based PLC.


What do you most enjoy


about your role as Head of Sixth Form? I really enjoy getting to know the students and helping them to ensure the subjects they are taking are right for them. I am currently working closely with the students applying to university, helping them with their UCAS applications and careers choices. I enjoy fi nding out what they are interested in and looking at how we can support them to make the most of their time within the school and to help prepare them for the journey ahead.


Are you concerned about the impact that lockdown has had on this year’s A Level students? Lockdown certainly posed challenges for us as it did for schools across the country. As a school, however, we were able to act quickly and move our


teaching online, ensuring that the students had a full academic diet for the whole summer term. T e response from students and staff was fantastic and it has put our students in a strong position to face their A Level exams.


Book a place for the upcoming Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening at www.wellingboroughschool. org/open-events or contact the Admissions Team via admissions@wellingboroughschool.org to fi nd out more about Sixth Form at Wellingborough School.


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