Year 12 Open Evening
A Level Students Celebrate Success
Many students are again celebrating excellent A level results today, continuing our proud record of recent years, with 77% of students achieving A*-C grades.
Two English Literature students are heading for Oxbridge – Alice Garnett to Oxford, and Bethan Elliott to Cambridge. Head of English Literature, Helen Key, said, “The maturity of their thinking and their detailed understanding of so many different genres of literature went well beyond A Level, and meant that they made a wonderful contribution to our class discussions. They thoroughly deserve their places at Oxford and Cambridge.”
Between them, Cara Makin and Ben Merrick have five A* grades and are both heading for Dentistry whilst a raft of other students like Katie Ross, Tom Scott and Maevanwy Hill achieved multiple A* results which have secured places on excellent courses for English, Biology and Geology.
Martin Flett, Director of Sixth Form said “We are proud of so many results which represent great achievement for individuals, sometimes against the odds, and whilst most students are going to university, this year we have also seen some very strong candidates heading for highly competitive degree apprenticeship places with Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and Balfour Beatty. They were all put through many stages of selection, and now have excellent prospects ahead of them”.
University, Apprenticeships and Careers
Students have started creating their Personal Statements and are using Unifrog to help them with their decision making. If you would like to look through the Unifrog website yourselves then you can log in:
Follow the link: www.unifrog.org/code
Then enter the code: parentshighfields
A recent message should be reassuring to students who are not sure about a long term career plan. At the University Open Day in Birmingham, the Head of the Careers Service was very clear that the major employers who come to the university each year to recruit graduates are very rarely looking for students with a particular degree. They assume that all the degrees equip students to think well. Importantly they are then looking for those things which set students apart – their volunteering, work experience, time abroad and other extra-curricular commitments. Therefore whilst we are encouraging students to look at the careers advice seriously, they should be reassured that even if some friends are certain what they want to do, many will remain open-minded until well after they leave school. Studying for a general degree which they are interested in will be an asset.
Our successful Higher Apprentice students who have just left school will also be very happy to help anyone interested in those opportunities.
The Sixth Form at Highfields is a close-knit community of students and staff with a wide ranging academic curriculum and an energetic programme of events, trips and student-led groups. If you choose to come here, we will do our best to provide the right environment for you to enjoy your time, achieve your potential and move on to the further study or employment that you want.
There is a wide range of subjects on offer, and each department has considerable experience in delivering A Level and BTEC courses. This experience, together with the hard work of our students has meant that our exam results for several years now have shown that most students make much better progress than would be predicted nationally from their GCSE results. The Value Added Results this year placed us within the top 25% of schools which were measured, and our overall results rose to a record high.
The Sixth Form is about more than academic success. We want students to be able to develop interests and skills. A large amount of this comes from taking responsibility and initiative.
Students arrange charity and community events throughout the school, over 70 students are involved in mentoring programmes, and many others can be found helping out in local primary schools with IT projects or on reading schemes. Sixth Form students are at the leading edge of school musicals and drama, they compete successfully in Business Competitions and organise their own Gold Duke of Edinburgh trips.
Our Higher Education and Employment Programme provides various opportunities throughout the year for students and parents to explore the options open to them. We work closely with the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, De Montfort, Lincoln and Leicester to help students understand the breadth of choice available. This includes open days arranged especially for us and an evening at school led by admissions tutors. We visit two universities and the Oxbridge Conference. Former students also return to give the most up-to-date and down-to-earth feedback on their courses and experiences. At the same time we help to mentor students who are looking for direct entry to employment, give mock interviews and provide resources to ensure they are able to sell themselves into the employment market.
Our Induction Days in summer, introduce students to the level of work they can expect in Year 12 and give students and tutors the chance to come together and enjoy some time for team building before September. This is important for all students, and we work hard to ensure that external students feel welcomed and settled in.
Entering the Sixth Form is an important new phase in any student’s career and we look forward to welcoming you.
Mr M Flett
Director of Sixth Form