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Contextual Information – September 2019

Wilmslow High School is an oversubscribed co-educational 11-18 comprehensive school with over 2000 students, including close to 450 in the sixth form.  Approximately 16% of our Year 7-11 students are Pupil Premium funded, with 32 students in the sixth form who were formerly Pupil Premium funded.  We have a fully comprehensive catchment including students with IDACI scores of 0.01 to those from some of the most deprived Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in the northwest.

Annually, 60-70% of our Year 11 students progress into our sixth form and around 40 external students choose Wilmslow High School for their post-16 studies.  Many of our external students have been rejected by their own 11-18 schools (independent and state), for failing to acquire sufficient top grades.  Around 75% of our Year 13 students progress to Higher Education.

In 2019, OFSTED found the school to be ‘good’.

Sixth form provision

Students are required to achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above in order gain a place in our sixth form.  Each individual course, however, has its own entry requirements and these are available on our website.

Wilmslow High School aims to provide a broad and powerful curriculum for all students.  In the past, the curriculum provision for sixth formers has consisted largely of A Levels or the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence).  Our A Level courses include Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Philosophy, French, German and Spanish.

In recent years we have extended our range of BTEC courses in order to encourage more Year 11 students to stay with us into the sixth form and to ensure that our students are taking the most appropriate blend of courses.  From September 2017, we now offer Applied Science, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Sport and Physical Activity Development and the level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

The Extended Project Qualification and Core Maths are also available to students; Core Maths is timetabled from the beginning of sixth form study and students start their EPQ work in Year 12.

Students in Year 13 in September 2019 were required to take 3 A Level (or BTEC) choices.  Only a few very high performers and those wishing to take Further Mathematics were given permission to take 4 courses.  Unfortunately, funding pressures have meant that we have had to reduce the number of courses on offer and have therefore been unable to offer Music Technology or Law to this cohort.

We have largely been able to limit sixth form class sizes to a maximum of 23 students.  However, our size means that we have larger class sizes than the average 11-18 school.

Students who have yet to gain a grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics are identified at the start of Year 12 and receive two timetabled fifty minute lessons per week.  Although English Language and English Literature are now interchangeable as a result of Progress 8 measures, we encourage those who have not gained a grade 4 at GCSE level to continue their study of English Language with university entry and employment in mind.

Luckily, we are in a position where all level 3 courses are taught by subject specialists.

AS Entry in 2019

We did not enter the cohort as a whole for any AS examinations in 2019.

In cases where we were uncertain about a student’s progression into Year 13, these students were entered for all AS examinations.

Talented mathematicians have studied A Level Mathematics and certificated this qualification in Year 12.  They will complete A Level Further Mathematics in Year 13.

UCAS Predicted Grades

The school ran an internal examinations week in June 2019.  Colleagues have decided on predicted grades based largely on internal examination data in addition to the performance of students through Year 12 and the start of Year 13.  For BTEC subjects, internally and externally assessed units completed through Year 12 have been used to inform predictions.

Colleagues are encouraged to be realistic yet aspirational in their UCAS predicted grades, in line with messages received from UCAS and university representatives at the UCAS Adviser Conference.