About the Sixth Form
Oswestry School's Sixth Form is not merely an extension of the Senior School, but a unique leap into adulthood.
With more opportunity, freedom and a totally different atmosphere, the Sixth Form provides students with an ideal learning environment in which to prepare for the world outside.
Oswestry School aims to enable each individual to achieve their potential. Progress and achievement is carefully monitored in small tutor groups. Excellent teaching delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff is allied to an effective tutorial programme and provides a sound preparation for university life. In the Sixth Form most students study three subjects in the Lower Sixth and three of these are taken into the Upper Sixth. Students may, of course, study up more A level subjects if this is appropriate and desirable. Staff are always on hand to help advise.
The school's A level results are first class, with the majority of leavers proceeding to degree courses at top universities. For those interested and capable, provision for Oxbridge entry is also made, with interview training, advice and coaching given to prepare prospective candidates thoroughly. We pride ourselves on the fact that careful and considered advice is given to ensure passage to the next appropriate stage - every member of the Sixth Form, whatever their ability, is given the opportunity to succeed.
The Sixth Form is regarded as an essential transition between school and either university or the world of work. Students are therefore encouraged to develop the habits of independent study and enquiry. There are purpose-built boarding houses for both girls and boys to assist with this passage in a structured environment. Their facilities are separate from those of the rest of the school.
A-Level Examination Results
Oswestry's exam results are consistently strong and reflect well on the school's ability to get the best out of pupils, no matter what their ability.
This year 67.5% of grades were A*-Cs, and the majority of departing Sixth Formers went on to their tertiary institution of choice. Amongst this year's leavers pupils gained places at Exeter, York, Nottingham and Bristol along with many other top-flight universities. In short, our pupils leave superbly well equipped for the rigours of the outside world.
The Sixth Form Centre
The Sixth Form Centre is located at the top of the campus away from other sections of the School. The Centre is provided as a place of quiet study and recreation. It is designed to give individual students peace and privacy while they work in rooms equipped with desks, or in the Higher Education resource area equipped with its own computer and wireless network. On the ground floor there are two large recreation rooms where students are encouraged to relax in a civilised environment. These rooms are equipped with a table football table and a suite of comfortable furniture. An office for the Heads of Upper and Lower Sixth Forms completes the Sixth Form Centre facilities.
Today's students need to have access to the various ways of collecting information. Developing advanced information skills is essential for A-level studies and beyond. Oswestry School provides a wide range of resources, including our computer suite, wireless access, and quality newspapers and periodicals. Whilst encouraging and supporting students to use advanced learning tools, private study is where the self discipline of quiet study is firmly established.
The Sixth Form has access to the computer facilities and of course to the internet which is used as an important research tool. Sixth-Form students benefit from supervised private study in order to help them make the important transition from GCSE to the more independent learning required for A-levels.
Oswestry School has secure campus-wide Wifi and a large suite of fully networked computers and bookable laptops. As a Google Apps for Education organisation, we make full use of this collaborative platform for a host of teaching and communication functions. Pupils from Year 4 are encouraged to bring their laptops, phones or other digital devices into school and use these important tools to aid their learning.