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Sixth Form Introduction

Crompton House has a thriving and successful Sixth Form. Our aim is to provide a secure and supportive environment in which students can benefit from expert teaching and individual guidance.

The Sixth Form is at the heart of the school. In our purpose-built Sixth Form Centre there are social and study spaces, alongside our Sixth Form cafe. The pastoral team are also based in the Centre, ready to help students at any time during the day.

Beyond the Sixth Form Centre, lessons for our Year 12s and 13s take place across the school, delivered by highly qualified subject experts. We also encourage students to participate in many other aspects of school life. This may be through engaging in one of the many extracurricular activities which are on offer, or taking a leadership role supporting younger students. We give our students the opportunity to develop personally as well as academically, as they prepare for life beyond Sixth Form.

Our Sixth Form students are a credit to this school. We are always pleased to see how quickly students joining the Sixth Form from other schools settle, make friends and become a part of the school community.

Intent

Crompton House Sixth Form is an academic Sixth Form, offering predominantly A Levels, to ambitious students who want to work hard and succeed academically, whilst developing themselves as an individual too.

Implementation

Students study three academic A Level or other Level 3 qualifications, in some cases four subjects. Approximately 25% of the cohort also undertake the AQA Extended Project – developing vital life skills and preparing them for university, apprenticeships and the world of work.

In addition to the core offering, there are a multitude of other courses, qualifications and extracurricular offerings, which contribute to the wider development of our students.

This includes:

  • A full PSHE programme, again developing vital life skills, but also addressing the Future Ready Curriculum, including the Gatsby Benchmarks, current affairs and employability skills.
  • An Aspire programme to support students in their ambitions to attend prestigious universities and competitive courses.
  • The option to complete the AQA Certificate Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) as an additional qualification during Year 12.
  • Year 12 Work Experience week which allows students to gain contacts in the industries of their choice and develop their CV further.
  • An Apprenticeship support programme for students applying to post-18 apprenticeships.
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, with between 25 and 40% of each year group completing the expedition at the end of Year 12.
  • Curriculum and extracurricular trips, including to New York, Morocco, Sweden, Cern, a ski trip and many more
  • Extracurricular opportunities in sport, music, drama and raising awareness and money for chosen charities.

Impact

In 2021, three students each achieved three or more A* grades, with a further 11 students being awarded all A* or A grades. 31% of grades awarded were at A* or A, including 67% of the Extended Project cohort achieving an A* or an A grade for their independent projects.

Our top performing students achieved A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography and is now studying Dental Surgery at the University of Sheffield, also achieving Distinction in their ABRSM Grade 8 Flute exam in the summer term, along with an A* in the Extended Project, in which they studied the effect of dental anxiety on oral health in children.

Another student also received a clean sweep of A*s in Politics, English Literature and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics. Having completed the Manchester Access Programme in preparation for university, they took up their place at the University of Manchester to read Law.

Two students received three A grades, along with A grades in their Extended Projects, and are moving on to read Medicine at Aston and Newcastle.

Crompton House Sixth Form continues its tradition of supporting students in successfully gaining competitive places to study Nursing and Midwifery, with excellent results in Health and Social Care as well as Psychology and Biology.  An outstanding EPQ (A*) examined the impact that the pandemic had on the nursing profession and the impact that existing staffing shortages had on the response to Covid-19. Two of our students have been offered highly competitive nursing apprenticeship places, one at Spire Hospital and one moving on to train as a nurse in the Royal Navy.

Although the majority of our students move on to university after Crompton House, increasing numbers are choosing to apply for Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeships, combining study with work for local, national or international companies.  This includes a student who achieved A*AA grades in their A Levels and an A in their Extended Project, who is undertaking a Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship with Astra Zeneca.  Other Apprenticeships include working for Rochdale Council on a Project Management Apprenticeship focusing on the redevelopment of Rochdale’s Town Hall, a place on Sainsbury’s Retail Management Apprenticeship programme and a number of financial-based apprenticeship places, with AXA Financial Management, Dywidag, a steel infrastructure company, and with the Accountancy department of 24/7 Car Finance.

In the Extended Project Qualification, an impressive 18 students (67%) achieved A or A* grades, with all students being awarded A*-C grades. The EPQ is a highly valuable addition to A Levels as students research their project independently, learning project management, communication and referencing skills that are vital for Higher Education and their future careers. Titles this year have been as varied as ever, with an A* awarded for an essay entitled “Should we all go vegan?”, and another student designing and modelling a garden office space for their A* graded project.