Introduction to Sixth Form
Ashby School has one of the largest and most successful Sixth Forms in Leicestershire. The impressive Sixth Form campus currently caters for more than 600 students.
A large majority of our Sixth Formers are students who choose to stay on at the school following their Year 11 studies. However, a growing number of students join us every year from other schools both inside and outside the county. This year, we have welcomed more than 50 students from other schools into Year 12.
To join the Sixth Form, students must obtain a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) grade 4 or above, including at least a grade 4 at GCSE level in mathematics and English language* OR English literature.
* However, students who do not achieve a Grade 4 in English Language will have to attend additional English lessons and will then resit the qualification.
Individual subject requirements are outlined in the Options booklet.
Attendance must be at least 95 per cent.
In 2023, the A level pass rate was 97.5% across a range of A levels and equivalent qualifications with 13% achieving 3 A/A* grades. Following their results, students moved on to Russell Group universities and other higher education institutions to study a range of subjects, including medicine, law and economics. Many students also successfully secured employment or apprenticeship places at organisations including Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover.
Results like these allow the school to retain its proud tradition of excellence and high achievement at post-16 level.
Ashby School ensures that all students move on successfully, whatever their chosen direction.
The school prides itself on a close working relationship with parents.
Courses on Offer
As well as a huge variety of traditional A levels, the school also specialises in bespoke Level 3 courses. The range of subjects on offer is updated annually on this website.
The numerous opportunities for students to become involved in activities outside the classroom include charity fundraising, sports, House activities, the School Council, working with local primary school children, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The Sixth Form Pastoral Team is available to support, advise, monitor, and generally ensure students succeed and thrive during their time in the Sixth Form.
Wrap Around Care
The main aim of the Sixth Form pastoral team’s is to support students with any aspects of their wellbeing needs and to work alongside other members of staff, including form tutors, the Raising Standards Leader, SENDCo, the wider Sixth Form team and teachers to ensure students reach their full potential during their time in the Sixth Form.
The team supports students to make sure they meet our Sixth Form expectations in terms of attendance, behaviour, work ethic and dress code. Pastoral staff also help students to expand their employability and personal social skills via enrichment activities, Personal and Social Development (PSD) lessons and the careers programme. The aim is to build on the strength and personal qualities of each individual student to enable them to leave Ashby School as a well-rounded individual ready for their next steps.
Raising Standards Leaders (RSL)
The primary role of the RSL is to ensure the best possible outcomes and progress for all our students in KS5, working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team, other Raising Standards Leaders, pastoral managers and tutors. This includes raising standards across the year groups by removing barriers to learning, identifying key areas for improvement, and planning appropriate actions to meet them such as monitoring and organising intervention groups.
They utilise pastoral and academic data to spot gaps in progress with groups of students across faculty areas and actively intervene to close these gaps so that all students are supported to maximise their outcomes and equipped with the skills needed to be effective lifelong learners.
Sixth Form Entry 2023
Sixth Form Social Events - A Disclaimer
Occasionally, Sixth Form students do organise their own social events - commonly referred to as 'Sixth Form parties' - which take place outside of school.
The school has no involvement in the planning, running or supervision of these events and can, therefore, accept no responsibility for student behaviour or welfare on such occasions.
To this end, Sixth Formers are discouraged from promoting their own social events while they are on the school premises.
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