The Sixth Form

Our sixth form offers a range of academic and vocational courses for girls aged 16 – 18. Our sixth form is popular with both internal students and attracts external candidates from across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Welcome to the Sixth Form at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy. I feel incredibly privileged to lead the Sixth Form at this academy. Staff are committed to embedding our values of scholarship, character and community to support our students in fulfilling their academic potential as well as shaping them as a whole person.

Whilst students are studying with us, we will aim to provide a broad balance of challenging and successful experiences which will prepare them well for their next steps – be it Higher Education, training or employment. We will also develop students as individuals, nurture their self-confidence and support them with becoming independent learners.

The Sixth Form continues to grow from strength to strength. In May of 2021, we moved into our fantastic purpose-built sixth form centre and our students have been benefiting from the excellent new facilities that this has provided. Students now have a dedicated space that includes a common area and seminar rooms which are giving our students an increased sense of independence and access to outstanding resources. 

We have high academic standards and expectations for our students, reflected in our A Level and Level 3 BTEC results. A comprehensive induction programme is provided to ensure that students have a smooth transition from year 11 into year 12. Students can also take part in a wealth of enrichment activities including clubs and societies. We take pride in promoting both extra-curricular and super-curricular activities to enrich our students experience of being in Sixth Form. Further to this, our Student Leadership Team, led by our Head Girl, play a tremendous part in supporting students across the academy. 

Here at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy, we not only provide outstanding academic support, but we also have a strong pastoral team who are dedicated to ensuring student wellbeing and welfare are at the heart of the support and guidance we provide. Thus fostering a vibrant, friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

I look forward to welcoming you. 

Ms A Sufi 

Head of Sixth Form 

Pastoral Support

We have a strong pastoral focus for all of our students at KEVI Handsworth Wood Girls Academy Sixth Form. Our students have full time access to staff who can support their emotional, social and physical wellbeing. My role in particular, ensures that there is always a pastoral member of staff in the Sixth Form, able to support with any academic, mental health or emotional concerns. My aim is to ensure that all of my students are happy, contented and learning to a high standard – sixth form should be a fun and rewarding place to be, and we want our students to feel valued, respected and a part of our community. Students can come to me to talk about anything worrying them, and I am trained to deliver high quality Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding and mentoring support. I am also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school, working closely with our brilliant Safeguarding Team in the lower school, to ensure all of our students are safe and well at all times.

As a part of my role, I also support students with their UCAS applications and support them when applying for university. My previous experience of working as an Admissions Officer for a Russell Group university, before moving into pastoral support in secondary education, gives me a unique ability to support students to write the best possible university applications. I hope that my students find me to be a useful resource, and that I can support them to get into the best universities in the country.

I am immensely proud to be a part of a team, and school that is so pastoral focused for its students. Young people need to be happy, safe and enjoy their time at school to be able to achieve their highest academic potential. I am very proud to be able to work with such talented, resilient and brilliant young women in our Sixth Form, and treasure seeing them grow their self-confidence and abilities.

Miss K Draper

Key Stage Five Pastoral Manager


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