sixth Form Information
Sixth Form study is both challenging and extremely rewarding. It is the culmination of your school career and preparation for the next stage of your life as an independent , confident adult.
Working at this level will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy and study subjects in depth. Making the right choices about your options and learning how to manage an increased workload is fundamental to your success. We take pride in the level of support we give every individual throughout their Sixth Form journey and know that if you work hard you will do very well. In addition to your academic studies, we offer a huge number of opportunities to explore other interests and develop transferrable skills that will help you grow in confidence and enhance your employability.
Although we are a relatively small school we do have a thriving and successful sixth form with large numbers of students choosing to stay on. We also accept students who wish to move to Anthony Gell for their post 16 study.
The percentage of students attaining the highest grades was a stand-out feature of 2016 results at AGS with 56% of grades being awarded at A*- B. Students achieved well in all subject areas and exceptionally well in Mathematics, Art and PE, where students made outstanding progress and achieved results that would place them firmly in the top 10% of schools nationally.
Staff and governors of the fully inclusive Sixth Form at AGS are also very proud of the fact that there was a 100% pass rate at A level in 2016. In addition to this, the school has achieved its highest ever set of results in vocational subjects such as ICT. Students studying the vocational subjects at AGS achieved, on average, one grade better in these subjects in 2016 than those gained in 2015.
The excellent grades achieved by sixth formers at AGS means that most will be moving on to study in many of the country’s best universities; whilst others have chosen to begin excellent apprenticeships with a range of outstanding companies. Students have been successful in gaining places in universities including the likes of Manchester and Bristol whilst others have chosen to specialise in establishments such as Nottingham University’s School of Agriculture and the Royal Academy of Music.
Please see our Results page for tables and more information
The Sixth Form at Anthony Gell School is open to all students who have completed five years of secondary education and who show the aspiration and industry to profit from further study. Please see our current prospectus and curriculum pages for current entry requirements and course information.
In addition to the prospectus there are some key meetings to assist the decision making process. These include the Open Evening and Year 11 parents’ evening. All Anthony Gell students in Year 11 will also be timetabled for individual interviews with senior staff to discuss options on a one to one basis. Students from other schools are welcome to visit during the day and talk to staff individually about courses.
We have a dedicated sixth form study room, with access to laptop computers. This is staffed by learning mentors. Our learning mentors provide support to our sixth form students with many aspects of their sixth form study including proof reading coursework, study skills, support with UCAS and other applications and easy access to discuss any aspect of your life in sixth form. The study room is open to all sixth form students and we encourage students to use it to complete work and access support. Studying A ‘Levels requires a lot of independent study and the workload is much more than for GCSE’s; using this room in free periods is a good way to effectively manage independent study. The learning mentors are degree educated and can also help with a wide range of subjects.
Why stay on in education at 16?
There are many reasons for considering staying on in education after the age of sixteen. These are some of the most common:
- Preparation for entry to Higher Education (University, or other Higher Education providers). Advanced level qualifications, AS/A2 levels or Cambridge Nationals / Btecs are essential for this.
- Preparation for employment/Apprenticeships at the age of 18 in fields of work where Advanced level qualifications are required or helpful.
- Improving the qualifications gained in the public examinations taken at the age of 16 so as to be eligible for some particular field of employment or course of study.
- Improving general standards of education whilst looking for a job.
Why stay on at school?
There are a number of advantages, depending on the circumstances and requirements of individual students. The most important are:
- Courses available – We offer a wide range of Advanced level subjects and opportunities for ‘retakes’ in Maths and English. We have very flexible arrangements for combining these to suit the individual student. Results are consistently strong. There are wide opportunities for enrichment in our local community through work experience, Young Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, involvement in sports, the arts and service in and outside school.
- Staff – In many cases the staff know you already and know where you might be likely to have difficulties. They will certainly know the work you have done previously and be very familiar with the courses you have followed in previous years.
- Friends – Staying on at school means that you will have an opportunity to remain with your present friends who are also staying on.
- Travel to school is easy for most students, particularly those in Wirksworth or areas served by the contract buses. Although bus travel may now incur some costs, these will almost certainly be no more than travelling to Buxton, Derby or Chesterfield and, for most, there will be a considerable saving of time.
For further information on any aspect of sixth form study please speak to our head of sixth form Mr. Marcus Wesley