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09 January 2020

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This is our offer at Gosforth Academy Sixth Form. An exciting, thriving, learning community, a wide range of academic and vocational courses; preparing young adults for university, apprenticeships and successful employment. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach or pre-determined path. No matter what you want to do – whether it’s going to university or starting your career – we’ll help you to get out there and seize the world of opportunity that awaits.

Gosforth Academy is the most successful state secondary school in the North East. One of the largest sixth forms within a secondary school in England, we offer over 40 courses – ranging from A-levels and pre-U to vocational options, GCSE resits in English and Maths, optional extra opportunities to start learning Chinese to HSK1 level and the prestigious EPQ [extended project qualification] where students can explore one of their own passions in depth. We offer the widest range of languages of any North East school – introducing Chinese pre-U in 2020 thanks to the generous sponsorship of the SWIRE Chinese Language Programme.

As well as our reputation for the highest academic standards, Gosforth Academy Sixth Form is passionate about offering its students an impressive level of pastoral support. A team of specialist tutors, learning managers and progression managers ensure that everyone is nurtured, can achieve their best and move to the next stage of their life with ease. The sixth form offers an engaging environment and we are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities including extensive community work, Duke of Edinburgh award, National Citizen service, educational visits and exchanges, World Challenge and a vast array of sports.  We are proud partners of Newcastle Falcons – hosting their AASE Rugby Scheme.

Students who come to Gosforth after being at other schools say that they find it a welcoming place where it’s easy to make friends. They highlight kindness of staff and fellow students as a notable feature – allied to lots of competition: ‘It’s somewhere I’m academically challenged on a daily basis!’ All students relish the increased levels of independence they are given, allied to a structured, well-ordered and encouraging atmosphere.

Year on year Gosforth Academy Sixth Formers go on to great things. 2019 was a bumper year for success.

13 students got places at Oxbridge and eight students advanced to Medicine or Dentistry places.

Gosforth Academy Sixth Form has established and proven systems to prepare students who wish to progress to Oxbridge and medicine or dentistry. We work closely with our partners at Harrogate Grammar School, links with Oxford and Cambridge colleges include visits by academics as well as residential experiences of those universities and there are many opportunities for extra-curricular events [such as Materials Science and Physics in Oxford] plus lectures at local universities. A thriving MedSoc runs in school and we have a multitude of links with local medical professionals providing many intensive and beneficial experiences and a great deal of individual advice and inspiration. We are totally committed to supporting those from underprivileged backgrounds to break perceived barriers and aim for the top.

This year 52 students achieved the top grades across all their subjects and 87 students went to Russell Group universities. 59% of students got A*/B grades and, as usual, over 95% gained a place at their university of choice. It’s always difficult for any school that is highly successful at GCSE to also ‘add value’ at Sixth Form. We are delighted that in 2019 Gosforth Academy Sixth Form has been rated as ‘significantly positive’ in doing this, with a statistic of +0.19.

We’re equally proud of our student leavers who progress to apprenticeships and careers directly. Our links with local organisations and business allow them to accomplish this with aplomb.

Gosforth Academy Sixth Form is, above all, a happy and welcoming place where students work hard and where they find friendship, enrichment and support. We encourage difference and embrace diversity. We never forget the importance of fun, enjoyment and inclusivity in all that we do. It is an amazing place to work, become an adult, study and have a thoroughly enjoyable few years.  We believe that education is for life. It helps us to make sense of the world, our place within it and how we can contribute; making things better for everyone. We’re truly confident that our students are making a difference. Come to Gosforth Academy Sixth Form and create your future.


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