Why choose Archway Sixth Form?
A Comprehensive Curriculum
The range of approximately 25 A Level and vocational subjects provide a wide range of options for students to choose from, whatever their aspirations. We are the only Post-16 provider in the Stroud area to offer this blend of traditional academic and vocational qualifications.
In addition to this, Year 13 can choose to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is the equivalent of an AS Level and gives the opportunity to produce a piece of work that’s truly individual, whether it’s a written research report, event, or creative artefact. As an EPQ is an independent research project it is also an excellent taster of university-style learning.
We also offer a Sixth Form Bursary fund of up to £1200 a year to support students whose families face financial challenges.
‘The teachers are very supportive, and the lessons are exciting.’ Rhys, Year 12
‘I've enjoyed the independence involved in learning as it has helped me to become more organised, prepared, and excited for my future. The subjects I have chosen have challenged me to work harder and I really enjoy the wide variety of areas we get to explore at A Level.’ Rhiannon, Year 12
Achievement for All
Archway is proud to be a comprehensive school, and we strive for students of all abilities to achieve their full potential. Our results are consistently in line with, or above, the national average and high-quality teaching across the subject areas delivers the very highest grades, with 26% of grades achieved in 2019 being A* to A / Distinction * to Distinction.
‘Teachers are supportive and go above and beyond' Ellie, Year 12
'I like the small class sizes and individual help and attention from my teachers.' Sam, Year 12
High quality pastoral care is fundamentally important to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our students, as well as helping them to develop into well-rounded and responsible members of society. Our Sixth Form team, including our Learning Mentor, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Sixth Form, form tutors and sixth form teaching staff, work hard to ensure the academic and personal well-being of every individual student.
Our Pastoral care includes:
- Supporting the successful transition of students from Y11 into the Sixth Form, including the provision of transition materials to develop study skills and subject knowledge, and a Year 12 Induction Day.
- Termly mentoring with tutors, providing one to one academic advice and guidance to help students reach their potential.
- Regular assemblies addressing pastoral issues, such as mental health, personal safety, and wellbeing.
- One to one academic and pastoral support from our Learning Mentor.
- Careers advice and guidance, cultural enrichment, and the development of skills through our tutor programme.
‘I chose Archway 6th form because it offered a friendly, supportive environment, and a close-knit network of teachers and students.’ Rene, Year 13
‘Archway 6th form helped me emotionally and academically to reach my goals and achieve a place to study Paramedic Science at university, supporting me to overcome personal problems and realise that nothing is impossible when you put in the hard work.’ Lydia, Year 13 Leaver
Comprehensive Careers Information Advice and Guidance is a theme that runs through both Year 12 and Year 13, providing students with the information, experiences and support they need to research career paths and make successful applications to jobs, apprenticeships and universities. Our Careers Information Advice and Guidance programme includes:
- One to one support and guidance for UCAS and apprenticeship applications
- Careers-focussed assemblies and tutor programme
- Mock interviews
- Meet the expert event, where students can meet and question people from different industries
- Work experience placement
- Links to programmes at local universities
- Personalised support for Oxbridge and medical applicants
- Visits to the UCAS exhibition and National Apprenticeship Show
‘It was due to the Head of Sixth Form’s guidance, support, and encouragement to be aspirational when applying to university, that I applied to Durham, and am now very much enjoying studying English Literature here this year!’ Talia, Year 13 Leaver
Many of the skills that our students will need to be successful in adult life are also developed outside the classroom, through our enrichment programme. This focusses on the soft skills valued by employers and universities, such as teamwork, communication, independence, problem solving, mentoring, and organisational skills. It also encourages students to make a positive contribution to the school and local communities.
Our enrichment programme includes a wide range of opportunities including supporting younger students through peer reading programmes, helping organise and run subject specific clubs, being ambassadors for the school and subject areas, participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, charity fundraising activities, environmental projects, and running sports activities for primary school students.
‘It’s so fun, I love it.’ Lucy, Year 12
‘Archway School was extremely supportive in developing my skills, as well as enabling me to reach my full potential in the next stage of my career.’ Freddie, Year 13 leaver
Our Sixth Form Committee, led by our two head students, meet weekly to discuss fundraising, school and community campaigns and events, and social activities. At Archway Sixth Form there is a focus on students taking ownership of the development of the Sixth Form and driving change. Recently the committee have organised a fundraising event for Children in Need, planned a sixth form virtual quiz night, and started to plan a roof garden project to increase biodiversity in the school.
‘What I love the most is that year 12 and 13 naturally unite whilst working together to drive positive change in our community.’ Helena, Year 13
‘From the fancy dress day, we had last week, to belonging to the Sixth Form Committee, I'm so glad I came to Archway.’ Olive, Year 12
‘Sixth form is engaging, furthers your education in the subjects you enjoy, and the teachers are approachable and supportive. There is also a positive social aspect as we often do things for charity. such as dress up days.’ Oli, Year 12
The Student Committee organises social events throughout the year including the Winter and Spring Balls, which foster a sense of school community and develop links and friendships between Year 12 and Year 13. The Summer Ball, which takes place at Stonehouse Court, offers the chance to dress to impress and celebrate the achievements of Year 12 and 13, and mark the end of the Year 13’s time at Archway Sixth Form.
‘Not only is the academic side of the Sixth form great, with so many subject options to choose from, but the social side of the Sixth form is also amazing! The socials we have, the dress up days, the pyjama days etc. all makes it very exciting!’ Ella, Year 13
Archway Sixth Form has a dedicated Common Room that is used for study during students’ study periods. The Common Room has an IT suite and two banks of laptops for student use. In addition to this, students have access to the library facilities and smaller quiet study rooms.
Outside of lessons, the Common Room and kitchen facilities are used as an area for Year 12 and 13 students to relax and socialise.
Excellent sports facilities are available for Sixth Form use, such as a gym, sports hall, tennis courts and playing fields.
‘I love having a kitchen area to make nice hot drinks in the winter!’ Hannah, Year 13
‘It was great to be able to use the Sports Hall for basketball at lunch – I’m sure this helped us to beat so many other teams!’ James, Year 13 Leaver