Our Promise

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In 6th form we plan a range of activities and Progression Days to prepare students for the time when students move on to their next step. For the majority of our students this involves preparing a UCAS application form for university after Year 13. Your tutor will support you through the application process and prepare you with the best way to complete a personal statement and go through the process from start to finish.

Over the course of the last few years we have seen students apply to Cambridge and a range of other prestigious universities. You will be given opportunities to join in with the range of activities on offer to enhance your application. As part of the Year 12 programme we offer students the chance to join us at Lancaster University for an overnight residential package where we work on the type of skills required for university and life after school. It allows students to experience life in the university environment and develop the communication, team building and interpersonal skills that will be invaluable after they leave Sixth Form. We also expect all students to join us at he Teesside University open day to experience student life away from Newcastle.

We have regular visitiors from companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Deloitte & Touche plus further education visits from Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities as well as Newcastle College. In the progression day we have utilised the services of recruitment consultants to conduct a CV and interview workshop for all Sixth Form students giving away almost £300 in prize money on the day. As part of our ongoing progression days we have previous students back to share their experiences of the workplace and student life. This is a chance to share in the success of the school and inspire current students about the possibility of getting involved in the range of opportunities that exist beyond life at Walbottle. Students have returned from universities across the country and we have had students return from a range of job situations from accountancy, to law to engineering.

Life in Sixth Form

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Life in 6th Form is all about ensuring you leave with the best possible opportunites available. Whilst academic excellence is something we strive for and expect from all our students, we are also conscious of the fact that there is much more to be gained from life at Walbottle.

Students routinely take part in delivering a Key Stage 3 Quiz, organise and entertain 150 guests at our Senior Citizens Christmas Party, and volunteer to help teachers and students in school in subjects ranging from PE to Maths. When you join us you are encouraged to get involved in as much as possible and this could be Aussie Rules Football Coaching to primary students, work placements volunteering all over Newcastle, Visiting an exotic country with the Wallacea Environmental Charity or setting up links and ideas of your own. Whilst you have the flexibility attached to your timetable please take advantage and think about the best way to develop yourself.

A-Level Results

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2013 was another fantastic year for students in Year 13 at Walbottle. We have students leaving us to attend Durham, St Andrew's, University College London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield and dozens of other top universities on a range of courses from Architecture to Nursing and Chemistry to Aeronautical Engineering.

In total 7 students (almost 10%) achieved all A grades or better with some spectacular achievements across a range of subject areas. The number of A*, A, Distinction* and Distinction grades was at a record level. We hope that the success of our fantastic Year 13 cohort rubs off on the students moving up and that this coming year we can celebrate even more success.

Headline Figures

A*-E was 99.2% (0.3% down on last year)

A*-B was 48.9% (up 19% on last year)

A*-C was 77.8% (up 19% on last year)

The huge increase in the percentage of students achieving Grade C or better is a credit to the work done by pastoral teams and teachers in ensuring that students are studying the very best course to suit their needs. We are passionate in ensuring that the courses undertaken by students prepare them as well as possible for the next step in their education and employment journey.

Individual Success

Lauren H achieved A*in English Lit, A*in English Lang, Ain History (plus A in AS World Development and A* in Extended Project)

Reece C - A in Physics, A in Maths and A in Chemistry (plus B in AS History)

Dominic K - A in Biology, A in Maths and A in Physics (plus B in AS History)

Fiona P - A in Maths, A in Biology and A in Chemistry - (plus B in AS History)

Kate R, - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Health and Social Care

Si B - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Health and Social Care

Rachel T - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in Health and Social Care

Pawandeep B- A in English Language, B in Business Studies and B in Maths (plus C in AS ICT and B in AS World Development)

Megan C - B in Chemistry and Distinction*Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

Results 2013

Subject Entries
2013
Entries
2012
Nos.A*-C
2013
Nos.A*-C
2012
Nos.A*-E
2013
Nos.A*-E
2012
%A*-C
2013
%A*-C
2012
%A*-E
2013
%A*-E
2012
Applied Science 14 7 13 6 14 7 93 86 100 100
Art 5 n/a 4 n/a 5 n/a 80 n/a 100 n/a
Biology 3 12 3 7 3 12 100 58 100 100
Business Studies 10 6 4 5 10 6 40 83 100 100
Chemistry 8 11 7 5 8 10 88 45 100 91
English Language 15 16 10 11 15 16 67 69 100 90
English Literature 6 5 3 3 6 5 50 60 100 100
Food 2 2 2 2 2 2 100 100 100 100
Geography 2 3 1 2 2 3 50 67 100 100
Gov & Politics 9 9 5 3 9 9 100 100 100 100
History 15 10 10 10 15 10 67 100 100 100
HSC 11 9 9 3 11 9 82 33 100 100
Maths 9 10 6 7 9 9 67 70 100 90
MFL 2 2 2 2 2 2 100 100 100 100
PE 4 2 2 0 4 2 50 0 100 100
Physics 5 10 4 6 4 10 80 60 80 100
RE 5 18 2 13 5 18 40 72 100 100
Sport 17 2 10 2 17 2 59 100 100 100
Sociology 5 n/a 4 n/a 5 n/a 80 n/a 100 n/a
Sport 17 2 10 2 17 2 59 100 100 100
Travel & Tourism 3 5 2 3 3 5 67 60 100 100