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Sixth Form



Our Aims

The main aim of our sixth form is to prepare students for A-level examinations and university entrance in a purposeful and friendly environment. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality, academic education, giving students individual support and guidance to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.

Current students and their parents will be aware of the high standard of academic education we can offer, but each year we are also pleased to welcome a number of new students. Whether you are familiar with Twycross House School or thinking of joining us for the first time, our Sixth Form prospectus provides more details of these two vitally important years. Two years which will set challenging goals, open new horizons and help lay the foundation for a successful future. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact the school to receive a Sixth Form prospectus and arrange a visit.

Results

The school is proud of our students’ enviable record in public examinations:

– 19% of entries achieved grade A* in 2015
– 55% of entries achieved grade A*/A in 2015
– 80% of entries achieved grades A*/A/B in 2015

We believe these achievements are the result of our rigorous academic ethos combined with warm relationships between students, staff and parents. Our teaching groups are small, which means that highly-qualified and experienced teachers can cater for the needs of individual students. We offer the encouragement, motivation and the personal support which we know is required to realise a student’s full potential.

Courses Available

A levels are available in the following subjects: English Literature and English Language and Literature; Mathematics and Further Mathematics; Physics, Chemistry and Biology; French, German and Spanish; Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation; History, Government and Politics, Geography, Geology, Economics, Art and Music; Critical Thinking and General Studies (AS only).

Computing, Functional Skills ICT and General ICT are offered as three optional interest subjects to support A level studies.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is also popular with both exisiting and new students in the Lower Sixth.

Future choices

In the Sixth Form, students will be expected to take on more responsibility for their own learning. All students will have supervised private study time and individual tutorials, to encourage them to build on the knowledge and skills which have developed in lessons. There is also access to the school’s computer facilities and a well-stocked library.

In addition to the preparation for AS and A2 examinations, students are guided through the choices available when they leave Twycross; for most of our students this will involve applying to university.

During the spring term, students in the Lower Sixth use the Centigrade Scheme to produce an individual profile showing interests, skills and aptitudes. This information will be used to inform discussions with staff on possible university course choices and career paths.

We invite a university admissions tutor to talk at our Higher Education evening. This covers all aspects of the UCAS application process including ideas on where to study, what to study, how to apply and how to find our more. The school has a wide selection of resources providing information on university courses and careers. We also arrange for experienced people to meet students to discuss careers, gap year options and spending a year in industry. Many of our former students return to share their experiences too.

Personal Development

Apart from academic work, students are encouraged to play a full part in the life of Twycross House and to act as role-models for the younger pupils. Many sixth formers participate in the school’s mentoring scheme working with individuals and small groups and help to organise and participate in sporting, musical, dramatic and social activities.

We hold great store in developing students’ all-round interests and their confidence to express ideas on a range of topical issues. A selection of the quality newspapers, current affair magazines and foreign language journals are provided to help students keep abreast of national and international issues. The school has a purpose built common room where students from the lower and upper sixth can relax and mix socially.

Social activities in the sixth form include a team building activity weekend in Wales, trips to the theatre concerts and exhibitions, a ski trip to Italy and a summer trip to Greece or Crete. Study visits have also taken place to Spain and France.

Students are encouraged to continue to play sports; badminton, football, hockey, volleyball, netball, tennis, cricket, keep fit, dance and ultimate frisbee are all available.  A number of students have gone on to play at club and county levels and some have even represented Great Britain. Horse riding and water sports can be arranged, as can other outward bound courses and visits to the Snow Dome.

The school has an excellent record in public speaking competitions and there are frequent opportunities for members of the sixth form to assist in plays and concerts as performers and technical assistants.In addition to this the school’s Enterprise Scheme offers practical experience to the sixth form, organising the school’s Christmas post, delivering Valentine’s Day chocolates and roses and running an Easter Fair. In association with the Twycross House Business Club there are currently exciting plans to sponsor a successful bid for a business venture.  Students in the Sixth Form have raised substantial sums of money for a range of charities including Myton House and ILEAP.

Entry Qualifications

Students are normally expected to gain at least six GCSEs at B grade or above. We prefer students to have achieved A or A* in the subjects to be studied at A level but this can be waived where there is real enthusiasm and commitment.

Course Structure

In the Lower Sixth nearly everyone takes four subjects at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level. In the Upper Sixth most students will normally continue with three of these to A2, although some students will study four full A2 levels.

Please contact the school to request a Sixth Form Prospectus and to arrange a visit.