We are extremely pleased to inform you that on Wednesday 7th December 2016, we will be holding a Swale Sixth Form taster day, so that all of our Year 11 students can experience subjects they may wish to study in the sixth form. Students have made their choices for this experience and letters will be arriving home shortly to confirm their plan for the day. For more information, please read the issued letter here.
Swale Sixth Forms Skills Centre has been able to provide their students with professional standard catering facilities.
These are the first class kitchens available to students at Entrees Catering College at Swale Sixth Forms Skills Centre in St Michaels Road, Sittingbourne. These industry standard facilities have been funded in part by a generous grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry.
If you are interested in sixth form catering studies, then please apply through Swale Sixth Form Kent Choice4U application process, or contact [email protected] for further information.
A letter regarding a staff training day at SCC has been issued and is available online here.
Swale Sixth Form students should continue to attend any lessons that are normally held at Sittingbourne Community College. The closure of Westlands Secondary School does not affect these lessons.
This summer saw another set of exceptional Sixth Form results at Westlands School, with students achieving some outstanding grades.
88 students completed A level and level 3 vocational courses across 26 different subjects. Of these, 86 students achieved at least one C grade, with many going on to achieve A, A* and Distinction* grades.
Results compare favourably to last year, but we have been particularly pleased to gain more A* grades, achieving this mark for the first time ever in both mathematics and English literature.
Students also continued to achieve outstanding results in their BTEC vocational courses, with 139 of the 168 entries being graded at either Distinction or Distinction*. This percentage of 83% has improved from the figure of 79% last year.
Of the 267 entries completed by students overall, 233 grades secured were a C grade or higher, with 172 results being at least a B grade.
Students sat A Level examinations in courses such as art and design, biology, chemistry and physics, English language and literature, geography, history, mathematics, psychology and sociology. Many students completed BTEC qualifications in vocational subjects, including IT, business, dance, drama, music, sport, health and social care and engineering. Although it is difficult to pick out particular subjects for praise, some results do stand out. In Finance for example all students achieved at least a C grade, with 73% exceeding their target grade by at least one level. BTEC subjects such as applied science, engineering and sport also secured 100% Distinction and Distinction*outcomes.
Students worthy of particular mention include Lucy Elliott-Brown who achieved A* in English literature, plus an A in media studies and a B in biology. She is taking up a place at the University of East Anglia to do adult nursing; Jade Chapman-Elliott gained As in biology and psychology, and a B in maths, who intends to go to Surrey University to do Bio-medical science; and our national ice hockey players Haydn and Taylor Wootton who secured A*s in mathematics and Distinction*s in sport, alongside their gruelling training programme. They will be continuing their studies, with a view to complete further maths and engineering, in the hope of gaining a place at an American University in 2017 to further pursue their sporting passion. Other high flyers include Danny Butler (Distinction* in applied science and double sport, and Distinction in IT) who is going to the University of East London to do a sports therapy course, and Katie Reynolds (Distinction* in business and double health and social care, and a C in sociology) who has won a place at the University of Kent to read Criminology.
Swale Sixth Form
At AS we have seen the completion of our first year of outcomes as Swale Sixth Form; a joint provision between Westlands School and Sittingbourne Community College. Due to the recent changes to Post 16 examinations we were able to offer students courses in 9 different subjects, with others making impressive progress on their new two year A level or BTEC courses. Results have again been impressive, with nearly 50% of grades (48/101) achieved being A*-B grades, and 80% A*-C (81/101).
Headteacher Simon Cox commented that ‘The greatest satisfaction of being a secondary school teacher is helping children through their difficult teenage years to a point where they leave as young adults with a collection of top class qualifications. The class of 2016 should be rightly proud of their achievements and I am delighted that Westlands School continues to enable students to do well in a wide range of subjects. Our excellent results at A/S level suggest that our Sixth Form partnership with Sittingbourne Community College, known as Swale Sixth Form, will only enhance 16-19 provision in Sittingbourne.’
Thursday 3 November 2016 – 5-7.30pm
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Swale Sixth Form. This is a joint post 16 provision offered by Westlands School, Sittingbourne Community College and Swale Vocational Centre.
The time has now come for our Year 11 students to begin considering their plans for next year and beyond. As you may already be aware, the Government has raised the participation age to 18, meaning that all students will be required to remain in education or training for a further two years.
Therefore, we would like to invite all of our students and their parents to the Swale Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 3 November 2016. The event will take place at both school sites- Westlands School and Sittingbourne Community College between 5pm and 7.30pm.
Swale Sixth Form offers an extensive range of courses providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain the qualifications they need in order to be able to progress to the next phase of their adult lives. The launch of Swale Sixth Form has enabled us to expand the number of subjects and qualifications available and draw upon expertise from across the town.
Swale Sixth Form Open Evening will provide you with the opportunity to meet the Sixth Form team and discuss the different options available. There will be course information on display in and around the Sixth Form Study Area and subject specialist teachers will be available to answer any questions you may have. I would strongly urge all Year 11 pupils to attend this important event, regardless of their current plans for the future.
To apply to the Swale Sixth Form, pupils will have to complete an online application form via www.kentchoices4u.com . Students should have received a letter addressed to them with information on how to apply. They will receive further guidance in school which will explain how to create a profile using the online system and enable them to make their desired choices.
I look forward to seeing you and relish the opportunity to demonstrate everything we can offer.
Mrs Z Romney
Principal – Swale Sixth Form