Washwood Heath Academy is a large all-through school which serves the East of Birmingham. We have a long history of supporting local students to achieve excellent results in both A-Level and BTEC courses and are the first choice Sixth Form for many of our own students and other local students too.
The vision for Washwood Heath Academy Sixth Form is to raise the aspirations of young adults by nurturing a passion for learning, enriching the student experience and securing outcomes which exceed their expectations.
We are relatively unique in this area being one of the only schools to have a Sixth Form. We passionately believe that we have a unique offer that allows us to compete with Sixth Form colleges across the city. Our knowledge of our students is second to none, and our investment in their wellbeing and achievement is much deeper that at a standalone college. Many of our students have grown up with us, and we are ready to support them in through the challenges of post-16 study. Our results and outcomes speak for themselves, and many of our students go on to thrive in top university courses.
We want to nurture confident, resilient and well-rounded adults who have an aspiration for self-improvement and are able to compete equally with their peers in a world beyond the Sixth Form. In order to achieve this, we will concentrate on:
- Student outcomes;
- Student well-being;
- Developing a passion for lifelong learning;
- Fostering sense of community responsibility;
- Develop independent learners who are robust and resilient in their outlook on life.
Being part of a school based Sixth Form enables students to experience a variety of leadership opportunities. Members of Washwood Heath Academy’s Sixth Form are expected to lead by example and act as role models for the main school. .
Our unique selling point centres around us knowing our students well in terms of academic ability, and emotional capacity. We treat our students as individuals and the programmes of study they follow are individualised to meet their evolving needs.
Please click here to view our school performance table and find out our latest 16-18 results.
We run both A-Level and BTEC courses. See below for a list of the courses, and scroll down this page for more detailed descriptions and videos for each subject area.
- English Literature
- Children’s Play, Learning and Development
- Information Technology
- Health and Social Care
- Applied Science
At Washwood Heath Academy Sixth Form, we recognise that while academic qualifications are very important, all students should also be given a wide range of opportunities to enjoy themselves outside of the classroom and to help them develop into well-rounded young adults. To facilitate this, we offer an enrichment programme which runs throughout the week.
Students can take part in a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including:
- Physical Education
- Chess club
- Photography club
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- ….and many more!
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a very prestigious award that is highly respected by universities and employers. We offer 21 fully funded places to our Sixth Form students to give everyone the opportunity to take part regardless of their financial background. The award involves 4 sections: Skills, Physical, Volunteering and Expedition. Through the completion of these sections students are challenged and pushed outside their comfort
zones. Overcoming these challenges strengths their resilience and problems solving abilities which make them a better prospect to universities and employers.
Each year we develop our enrichment programme further based on students’ requests, so whatever you are keen to be part of, from astronomy to animal conservation, we can help develop your interests further.
Samina Iqbal – Executive Head Girl of Washwood Heath Academy Sixth Form 2020-21
‘Why Washwood is amazing!’
Even though the size of this Sixth Form is smaller than most, it provides a good quality of study and all of the teachers are experienced in their department of study and they have a high standard of teaching. However, the best part of this sixth form goes beyond academia. There
are a lot of extra curricular opportunities which really help to strengthen your skills and your personal statement. Some opportunities are exclusive to this Sixth Form such as being a young cadet leader. This is one of the main things that attracted me to this Sixth Form because in all
of Birmingham this is the only sixth form that provides this opportunity.
Duke of Edinburgh is a huge qualification which really increases the chances of getting into your chosen university as it helps you stand out. It’s not something everyone can do because it’s so costly. However, this programme is run by the head of Sixth Form himself and he makes it as easy for the students as possible and it’s practically free.
This is probably one of the only sixth forms which focus so much on students’ mental health and there is not a time where there is not support available. The head of Sixth Form, Mr Antell, really cares for the students and takes everyone’s opinions into consideration, whether that’s about
the level of study or about the sixth form environment. From what I recall, I don’t think there has been a single student who has been unhappy with the conduct of this sixth form, if anything, teachers go out of their own way to make extra time for the students to support them.
Going back to academia, if we ever need extra support in our work or there’s something we don’t understand, our teachers are really happy to arrange extra sessions. Sometimes, a teacher won’t always have time to spare but they are always happy to let us drop into their lessons so we can complete our work. So in terms of revision, instead of the students waiting on the teachers, the teachers are willing to work around the timetables of the students.
Moving away from the components of the Sixth Form, there is a whole building available for students where they can spend their free time. The computer room that has been provided for the students is fully equipped for all students to use where you can work independently in silence or in groups. On the other side of the building there is a common room which is solely for relaxing, this room is also fully equipped, ranging from kitchen appliances all the way to board games.
My son has been supported throughout his time at Washwood Heath Academy. He has had amazing feedback from his teachers on his work and what can be improved, this has helped him succeed in his academic life as he is going to be attending the University of Birmingham and Studying English Literature. His grades were not sufficient enough at the start of year 12, but as his teachers encouraged and motivated him, his grades turned from C’s to A’s exceptionally quickly. This was all down to the continuous help of the teachers that elevated his grades and confidence.
I can tell you that we are very happy with Washwood, the staff and the education provided to my daughter. The Sixth Form staff in particular were fantastic! She was elected as head girl which enabled her to boost her confidence and self-esteem. The Washwood Sixth Form team supported my daughter to make the right career choice and have assisted me and my daughter in every way possible in making the right decision. She has had an amazing time at Washwood! The Sixth Form supported her throughout and she has gained a place in university!
Lybah and Shameer Nawaz
My experience of both my children attending Washwood Heath School is positive. All staff have been very supportive and encouraging; they have enabled my children to explore their interests. The school has provided additional provision when needed, to increase confidence and wellbeing of my children. Communication between myself and the staff at the school has been open and consistent. I have been able to raise any issue or concerns I have had. I have been listened to and they have been addressed.
After applying as an external student, these past 3 years have truly been a journey for our son. He arrived as a teenager, and left as a young adult. I am confident in saying that he couldn’t have done this without the support from the Pastoral Team, the teachers and also his fellow students. The support he received was far beyond expectations, and he developed social skills which would be of use in future scenarios. He is now preparing to study Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster University.
Washwood Heath Academy Sixth Form ensures every individual sees a huge, positive improvement during their time. The Sixth Form even provides help for students who need extra support to reach their grades above their expectations. It’s a place where teachers push students above what they think they are capable of, to reach a point where they never expected to be. The teachers as well as pastoral care are very supportive and have provided an environment where children can feel safe and respected.
Eligible students in the Sixth Form are entitled to bursary support. This can include financial support, free school meals and provision of a free laptop to support the students’ studies.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. The amount of funding available for each school to distribute has been determined by the government and there is a finite amount of funds to be distributed. Washwood Heath Academy is therefore committed to distributing the bursary fund to those students with the greatest need. The policy below gives further detail on the bursary fund, how applications can be made and how decisions will be reached.
There are two types of 16-19 bursary:
• A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 per year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups.
• Discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, to help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.
To be eligible to receive a bursary, a student:
• Must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August for the year they are about to study.
• Must meet the residency criteria in ESFA funding regulations for post-16 provision. Those on 1 September who are settled in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the preceding three years will be eligible as will certain other groups.
Please click here for more information about the 16-19 Bursary