The Heart of England School is a popular mixed 11-18 comprehensive school of 1200 pupils with a current Sixth Form of 179 students. The school serves pupils from a wide geographical catchment area, a high proportion of whom enjoy considerable success at GCSE.
Students select from a broad range of A Level courses and the nine remaining phase 2 subjects on enrolment, exceeding national averages for the level of progress they make by the end of their time in the sixth form.
Students are able to select from the following subjects:
At Heart of England Sixth form students have 9 hours of teaching time per subject across a two week timetable. Students typically study three subjects, although those with a higher grade point average on entry have the option to study four.
With this cohort all students following phase one subjects enrolled for a two year course, with the decision being made not to enter them for AS. This decision was made so that high quality learning and teaching, looking at the demands and content of the courses, took precedence over the false proxy of an AS examination that hampered pedagogical needs.
Predicted grades are calculated using assessment data from year 12. This includes summative assessments within the subjects, as well as mock examination data in the summer term of year 12. Subject teachers look at the average grade achieved, and then typically allow for a further year of study with the knowledge that students usually achieve slightly higher in their second year.
Heart of England Sixth Form students can take part in a wide range of Enrichment Activities to broaden their experience whilst studying. There are activities to expand their natural talents and activities to access information and resources for success after Sixth Form.
The Greenpower Project challenges students to design, build and then race an electric car within professionally drafted specifications. Cars must be built around a standard 24v electric drive motor and utilise a pair of 12v lead acid batteries. We have raced our car at a number of well-known motor racing circuits such as Silverstone, Rockingham and Mallory Park. We encourage Sixth Form students with a wide range of interests to get involved with the project, particularly engineering, design, finance, marketing and journalism. There is scope to develop and enhance many skills. Students also benefit from solving problems as part of a team and they gain in confidence to work independently on this student-led activity.
Taking a topic and putting forward your view in a lively debate is something we encourage our students to do. Each week we take topics to stretch and improve the thoughts of our students. Some of the topics covered have been: ‘Should prisoners be entitled to the vote?’, ‘Should smokers pay for their own NHS treatment?’, ‘Do video games induce violence in young people?’ Debate Club helps with presentation skills and keeping focus in order to be persuasive.
Students have the use of the facilities on site: Fitness Room, Dance Studio and Sports Hall for badminton, netball or trampoline. We also have football, netball and rugby teams who compete against other sixth forms. A course of six golf lessons at Stonebridge Golf course which have been free to the students have been arranged in the last two years.
Productions are staged each year at the school and the Sixth Form students have the opportunity to audition for parts and can assist with all aspects of putting on a full scale musical.
Heart of England students can gain new experiences in the NCS challenge with a chance to learn new skills and meet new people. It’s an exciting opportunity to discover new talent and realise potential.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This is a chance to develop skills for life and work.