We are immensely proud of our Sixth Form students, as they make a considerable contribution to the school community and are a great asset. The Sixth Form at Waddesdon sets the tone for the whole school. We expect the appearance, conduct and courtesy of our students to enhance the school’s reputation in the community and we hope they will become involved in a leadership role within the school and undertake some aspect of community service during their Sixth Form career.
Each Sixth Form student has a personal tutor who monitors progress, helps with target setting and tries to solve any problems that may arise.
While at Waddesdon, everyone has the opportunity of participating in a range of social and leisure activities. In addition, there are opportunities to take part in residential experiences, international exchanges and visits such as skiing, theatres, museums and galleries. Excursions are also organised to support Sixth Form programmes of study.
Meet the Team
Our Head Students are elected each year from Year 12 by a group of their peers. Henry and Jessica and their deputies, Megan, Charmaine, Alex and Joseph, are the voice of the Sixth Form and attend regular meetings with the School Council and the Head of Sixth Form. They are charged with organising the prefects, and enforcing school rules. They also act as an important bridge between teaching staff and students, relaying information in both directions.
Head of Sixth Form
After completing a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Durham, followed by a PGCE at the University of Oxford, Miss McIver taught in a local school in Aylesbury and then a comprehensive school in West Oxfordshire, where she was Head of Year and House Co-Ordinator. She completed an MSc in Education in 2005 at the University of Oxford. She joined Waddesdon Church of England School in September 2011 as Head of Sixth Form and a History teacher. Miss McIver is dedicated to supporting all Sixth Form students to achieve their academic potential as well as becoming well-rounded, global citizens, ready to embrace the challenges of the modern world.
Miss McIver regards it as a huge privilege to work with young people and to support them to wherever their post 18 aspirations take them.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
After completing a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Virology, Dr Merrington worked in postdoctoral research at the Institute of Virology in Oxford. She then moved into the Biotechnology Industry working for European and American companies who supplied products for genetic research to the academic and pharmaceutical markets. Claire gained her Science PGCE in 2004 and joined Waddesdon Church of England School as a newly qualified teacher. In 2006 she was appointed Student Achievement Manager in Science and Performance Data Manager in 2008. From September 2010, Dr Merrington has been appointed as Deputy Head of Sixth Form, a role she will combine with her continuing work as Data Manager and teacher of Chemistry.
Dr Merrington is fully committed to helping all students to fully achieve their true potential during their Sixth Form career and to gain the life skills they need to be confident, contributing, 21st century citizens. The continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of Sixth Form life is central to her approach and she challenges students to adopt this attitude from the outset.
Assistant Head of Sixth Form
After completing a BA (hons) in French and German Studies at the University of Warwick, Miss Aldridge spent a year working as a language assistant in a lycée in Vannes, France. On returning to the UK, she completed a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. Miss Aldridge’s first teaching post was at a Language College in Worcester. She joined Waddesdon as a teacher of French and German in 2009 and was appointed as Student Achievement Manager for Modern Foreign Languages a year later. Miss Aldridge combines her role within the Modern Foreign Languages department with her duties as Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
Miss. Aldridge is motivated by her firm belief in the potential of all young people. She has a genuine desire to see them achieve, while becoming fully-rounded, confident and successful citizens. She is fully committed to supporting all students to fulfil their academic potential in the Sixth Form and in their pursuit of success in their chosen post eighteen career paths.
Student Monitoring Administrator
Mrs Carr's current role as the administrator for Years 12 and 13 puts her at the heart of Sixth Form activity. Having started at the school in 1984 as a dinner lady, she progressed to the forefront of computer technology in 1989 from what is now the library office. Mrs Carr continued in this role, managing the school's first computer room in what is now P7 before moving to the Rothschild and finally the Thorp building.
Mrs Carr is a great font of information and, as she has overseen reports for many years, she has seen students progress through the school to the Sixth Form. She keeps a tight reign on attendance and operates the administration for UCAS applications. There is no doubt that Mrs Carr is an integral part of the Sixth Form experience.