The Waddesdon Sixth Form curriculum provides a wide range of academic, creative and vocational qualifications in order to challenge and engage our students, as well as to enable them to pursue their interests and to achieve their future aspirations. We offer a wide variety of facilitating subjects, social sciences, creative and performing arts subjects, and applied qualifications.
Our Programmes of Study are designed to meet the needs of students across the ability spectrum and to enable all to flourish. There are numerous opportunities for stretch and challenge for the more able through the facilitating subjects, EPQ, super-curricular activities and Oxbridge preparation. Our Applied Pathway provides a more vocational route for students, with teaching to support resit GCSE English and/Maths, if appropriate. We provide targeted support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including the 16-19 Bursary, mentoring and one-to-one support.
Carefully planned opportunities enable students to make informed decisions about their futures, be those at university, on a degree/higher apprenticeship or through employment. These include assemblies, Extension Studies, visits, workshops and one-to-one support. There is a focus on independence and agency through Extension Studies, the EPQ and self-managed study periods. Our linear approach to A levels allows flexibility and additional time, to tailor the curriculum to students’ needs.
There are numerous opportunities for students to develop employability skills during our weekly Wednesday period 5 Enrichment hour as well as annual work experience and Student Leadership programmes. Skills are recognised in our Employability Award at the end of Year 12 at bronze, silver or gold level.
We ensure students are well-informed about contemporary issues, including politics, justice, safety, health & well-being in Extension Studies and the assembly programme which enables them to be healthy, active citizens in modern Britain.
The curriculum is enhanced through numerous visits across the year, including an annual Global Leadership visit to Bishop Heber University in southern India and a World Challenge expedition every other year.