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Christopher Whitehead Sixth Form Curriculum Model and contextual information

Contextual Information For University Admissions

Christopher Whitehead is a fully comprehensive school sixth form, offering academic A-level qualifications. The sixth form is part of a school of 1,263 students from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and is situated in the city of Worcester, a Local Authority which has remained in the bottom three in the country for funding for the last twenty years.

Context from RAISEonline Report, March 2017:

  • % of students eligible for Free School Meals in 2015: 26.9 (National: 28.7)
  • % of students with SEN support 22.1 (National: 12.4)
  • % of white British students: 88.4 (National: 70.4)
  • % of students in the sixth form in receipt of 16-19 bursary: 12

The entry requirements for the sixth form are set at 35 points from a student’s top 6 subjects. In most cases.  Individual subjects have specific entry requirements based on the demands of the particular course.

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A-level results, summer 2017

The results for the first cohort of students to complete A-level examinations at Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form are as follows:

  • Students in cohort = 47
  • A*-E pass rate = 99%
  • A*-B grades by entry = 48%
  • A*-C grades by entry = 71%
  • Average point score/ Entry = 32.99

Sixth form curriculum model

Students starting sixth form in September 2016 and completing A-Level courses in summer 2018: 

Cohort size: 85

  • Whilst students have the opportunity to study four subjects in year 12, the majority of students study three full A-level courses with the opportunity to complement their courses with an Extended Project Qualification.
  • Students who excel in Mathematics may choose to take Further Mathematics at AS-level over two years.
  • AS-level examinations were sat by students studying ‘legacy’ courses (those yet to be decoupled): Mathematics and Politics.
  • Students could choose to sit AS-level examinations in other subjects if they felt that doing so would be beneficial to them, or if they intended to drop a 4th subject at the end of year 12.