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Welcome to the Sixth Form

Headteacher’s Introduction

Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy Sixth Form offers an exciting experience for students in Years 12 and 13. We provide a wide range of courses and a bespoke enrichment programme for all types of learners. Our aspirations for our students are extremely high: we want them all to achieve a good range of qualifications so that they can move on to study at university, access level 3 courses at FE college or move on to employment with good career opportunities. In many ways, Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is able to offer a unique experience in that it combines the flexibility of a college experience with the support and range of opportunities of a school.

At Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy, students are also able to access pathways in medicine, law, teaching, business, accountancy, nursing and midwifery, all of which provide specific support for those chosen careers through bespoke mentoring, work experience and visits to universities offering those courses. Choice at Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is further enhanced by the North West Partnership of which the school is a part and which enables us to offer students real diversity both in their subject choices and learning preferences.

The academy’s motto is “Aspiring for Excellence.” However, excellence can only be achieved through a commitment to studies, working in partnership with each student, her family and the academy. Academic progress is carefully monitored and there are regular reports home. Students are supported and encouraged to use their time in the academy profitably and wisely, and we have work spaces and laptops/computers available for them. As their time in the Sixth Form progresses, students are supported to assume more responsibility for their own learning in preparation for Higher or Further Education and employment. To support this, we are able to offer students good accommodation facilities, high quality teaching and learning and a Sixth Form support team to cater for applications to university through UCAS, and to offer study support, mentoring and advice.

As well as academic study, it is important to us that each student is able to develop her personal, social, and leadership skills. Therefore, we encourage all students to get involved in academy life and there are numerous opportunities for students to take part in activities such as Arts Leadership courses, Young People’s Parliament, taking assemblies and community work, as well as working with younger students in the school.

We believe that our Sixth Form will provide the right opportunities for your daughter to achieve success. We have a team of staff in the Sixth Form who are very experienced, a personalised curriculum and individual support for all students.

Nicola Walters

Headteacher

November 2012