Our Sixth Form
We have a long and established history of providing outstanding education for girls for over 100 years. We pride ourselves on our traditions, but we do not stand still, we are striving for continuous improvement. There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a student to the school and we welcome new students in the Sixth Form from within the City and Wolverhampton and beyond.
We offer a broad and rich curriculum where all students are encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best in all aspects of school life. Our combination of high expectations and support, tailored to meeting individual needs, leads to academic excellence. Students are highly motivated to learn and personalised learning lies at the heart of our provision. The school is respected as one of the best state schools in the country, regularly achieving examination results which place it near the top of national league tables. This success has also been recognised by Ofsted with the school achieving four successive “Outstanding” inspections. Indeed the school was awarded this highest rating in every category in each of the two most recent inspections.
Whilst academic achievements are an important part of life at WGHS, students enjoy the wide range of other opportunities. These include participation in the thriving house system; and opportunities in the fields of sport, music and drama. Sixth Formers are an integral part of the school, taking on various leadership posts and acting as role models for the younger students. There is a plethora of activities for the students to engage in from leading whole school events; to organising charity fundraising activities; participating in debating competitions and enjoying expeditions abroad.
Our team of dedicated staff all ensure that students are well supported to achieve academic success, within a caring community. Pastoral care is exceptional in the Sixth Form, focusing upon student wellbeing. High quality, advice and support are provided to ensure that students are well informed to make their choices when preparing for higher education and their future careers. The school has an impressive record of students going on to read a variety of degree courses including Medicine and Law; and at some of the best institutions in the country including Oxford and Cambridge.
The school’s motto: Ludus Supra Praemium, emphasises the value of taking part as a member of the school community. Our students? are encouraged to develop skills for lifelong success in terms of understanding themselves as learners and developing as responsible citizens, demonstrating care and respect for all members of the community. As a result they leave WGHS with fond memories, and equipped as confident and independent minded young women ready to take on the challenges ahead and enjoy success in their chosen fields. WGHS truly is a special place to be, with its supportive atmosphere, encouraging all students to achieve their best in all aspects of school life. If you would like to find out more about our school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What we can offer you
We offer a wide range of Post-16 A-level qualifications, leading to outstanding outcomes. Year after year our students secure exceptional results, enabling them to access the most competitive courses at the most sought after universities.
All subjects are taught by experienced specialist staff. An effective and supportive learning environment fosters an atmosphere of academic rigour and debate, with many subjects offering the opportunity to go beyond specifications with lectures, competitions and wider reading. Students reach very high standards as a result of the focused and determined approach that they adopt; within an environment of support and challenge from members of staff.
We offer a personalised approach to curriculum provision allowing students to select programmes of study that best meet their needs.
The option block structure alters each year to reflect the aspirations of each cohort. However, it usually includes the following subjects:
- Business Studies
- Classical Civilisation
- English Literature
- Fine Art
- Government and Politics
- Further Mathematics
- MFL French
- MFL German
- MFL Japanese
- MFL Russian
- MFL Spanish
- Religious Studies
Please check the curriculum insert or the school website for the exact offer for the forthcoming academic year, especially for languages.
To add a breadth of understanding students have the opportunity to studyr the Extended Project Qualification.
Provision is enhanced by further subject opportunities with our consortium partners on the Compton Park site and by the many enrichment opportunities which often lead to extra qualifications.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities, enabling them to develop valuable skills and qualities such as initiative, self-confidence, team building and leadership.
These opportunities include:
- Participating in trips abroad. In the last two years, these have included: an expedition to Indonesia; and visits to Russian, Iceland and the USA.
- Community Service – assisting in local schools or supporting in day centres for the very young or elderly.
- Participation in the Engineering in Education programme, working with professional to solve problems and create design ideas.
- Taking part in dramatic and musical productions; including the provision of technical support at these events.
- Performing as part of the school orchestra, choir, jazz or rock band.
- Playing competitive sport at inter-school regional and national levels.
- Participating in sporting activities for enjoyment, to improve general fitness and well-being.
- Visiting museums, galleries and theatres.
- Gaining a nationally recognised first aid and/or sign language qualification.
- Representing the school in debating and public speaking competitions.
- Working towards the Duke of Edinburgh silver or gold award.
There are also many opportunities for Sixth Form students to extend themselves in their chosen subjects by taking part in field trips; national competitions and attending master classes at local universities.
Sixth Form students have an important role to play at WGHS and are valued members of the school community. They contribute to the organisation of the school by taking on various leadership responsibilities. For example:
- Organising school events;
- Mentoring younger students;
- Representing the student body and influencing school developments;
- Coaching students at extra-curricular sport and music clubs;
- Encouraging participation and developing team commitment through organising events such as House Arts, House Debating and a wide range of House Sporting events.
Find out more and apply
Students are welcome to join the Sixth Form from our current Year 11 and from other schools. Entry to Year 12 is on the basis of academic ability demonstrated by achievement in GCSEs. Places in the Sixth Form are awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
- Students wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grades A* - B, and Mathematics and English Language at grade 6 or above, with a minimum average points score (2017 system) of 6 from her best 6 subjects. The subject entry requirements can be found in the Subject Information Booklet. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted. The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.
- Once admitted to the Sixth Form, each student will enter into an agreement with the school. That agreement will outline what students can expect from the school and what the school will expect from each student. Students who wish to join the Sixth form from elsewhere should apply using the online application form.
- You will then be invited to come into school for a meeting with a senior member of staff who will provide advice on options and entry requirements for particular courses.
- Any parent whose daughter is not offered a place will have the right to appeal.
- As students move from Year 12 to Year 13 they will be expected to have secured at least 3 D grades in the subjects in which they wish to continue their studies.