The Sixth Form Bolton is one of the highest performing colleges in the North West of England. We are a focused, highly ambitious community in which staff and students treat one another with care and respect, combining traditional values of discipline and good manners with contemporary best practice in teaching and technology. With a college roll of around 1700, the college campus has already seen a recent expansion due to The Sixth Form’s success, growing reputation and increased applications.
As a sixth form college we specialise purely in the delivery of post 16 education with a clear focus on level 3 advanced studies. The Sixth Form’s cohort of students is roughly split 50/50 between A levels and Extended Diplomas that lead to professional careers. However, as a Sixth Form, our belief is that our focus is not just on the academic development of our students but of a more holistic approach to the development of a student as a whole.
With a collective focus on ensuring that every student achieves their personal best, The Sixth Form aims to create a culture and ethos which promotes initiative, curiosity, confidence and independence in all our learners. This aim is supported by the many college wide enrichment activities and events that all students participate in. Alongside, we have highly experienced and dedicated teams in pastoral and learning support as well as careers and industry opportunities.
Our exceptional Careers team have recently achieved the respected Quality in Careers Standard, a national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). The Sixth Form has also received Gold status by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Further Education Mental Health Award.
The curriculum offered is predominantly Level 3 provision of A Levels and Extended programmes with around 95% of students studying at Advanced Level.
Each year around 97% of our students progress to university, apprenticeships or employment, and this commitment, to a truly comprehensive ideal, characterises The Sixth Form. To support the progress to Higher Education the Honours Programme is unique to The Sixth Form Bolton and offers our students a distinctive set of opportunities for academic achievement and personal development, designed to give them the competitive edge they need when applying for the highest quality courses and the most prestigious universities in the country. As a result of this additional support, our alumni includes many students who have progressed on to some of the UK's top universities.
The Sixth Form offers students many opportunities to engage outside their academic studies for example with enrichment societies in many subjects such as Art, Law, Film and Psychology and Academies in Theatre, Sport, Policing and Science to name a few. These experiences are key to the success of our students further enhancing studies and helping develop essential skills associated with each discipline. The Sixth Form has also developed a range of extensive external partnerships with various employers, universities and wider organisations such as Bolton Cricket League supported by the Lancashire Cricket Board. We also work in association with the Octagon Theatre Bolton which is a highly respected regional theatre.
The Sixth Form has devised a unique and exciting Professional Growth Programme that allows our students to explore their career goals and ambitions via sector-specific pathways. As part of their pathway, students will develop the labour-market awareness and employability skills necessary to succeed within their chosen field. Students acquire this knowledge via a combination of self-led online learning in our professional growth suite and through a six-week programme of practical employability sessions.
As well as providing a range of opportunities for those students enrolled at The Sixth Form, as part of our strategy on inclusion and working in the wider community we have fantastic links with local secondary schools offering taster days and workshops to Year 10/11 pupils who may be undecided or unaware of their future opportunities to continue their studies. There is also an established and extremely successful RAY programme (Raising Aspirations in Youth) which is designed to equip more able Year 10 pupils with the necessary skills to excel in their studies and this is led by our dedicated staff with sessions, events and workshops held regularly on Sixth Form premises.
The Sixth Form experienced an excellent inspection in May 2017 which strengthened its 'Good' Ofsted grading with observations of high-quality educational provision and high levels of student attendance and motivation. To maintain the support and ongoing success of our student outcomes, we have a relentless focus on continuing to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and we have a fabulous team of colleagues who give up an extraordinary amount of time to support their students and their fellow members of staff. The dedication and attention to the high-quality provision that our staff offer is what makes our Sixth Form so successful.
The Sixth Form occupies a Town Centre location providing easy access to the excellent North West motorway infrastructure and good public transport links with the rail station and bus interchange being within a few minutes’ walk of the Sixth Form. Also available are the amenities of a vibrant and developing Town Centre which has embarked on a long term and ambitious regeneration plan (Vision 2030) to attract business and investment to the Borough, match Workforce skills with modern opportunities and employment and build on the town’s current assets to further develop a lively and exciting place to live, work and study.