The 2016 Post-16 Evening is on Wednesday 9 November from 6.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre. All Year 11 students and parents are welcome to attend.
The Post-16 Prospectus for 2017-18 will be available from Friday 21 October 2016.
We are extremely proud of our Sixth Form, both in terms of the students we attract, courses on offer and achieved outcomes. Year on year our results have improved to the point at which we are celebrating our best ever results in 2015. The pass rate at A-Level was 100% and, even more impressively, our A/A* rate was 32%, which was outstanding. The national A/A* rate was 26% and for the Mansfield area this was 20%. These results were not accidental and highlight the commitment and talent of students, the quality of teaching and the support that students receive from our pastoral staff. I have the utmost confidence that students who choose to undertake their studies at The Joseph Whitaker Sixth Form will achieve their full potential.
Our prospectus will provide you with an indication of the courses we offer. During the last few years, we have seen increased numbers of students enrolling in our Sixth Form Centre from other local schools; this transition has been very smooth, students have made friends quickly and their results have been excellent.
Being part of the Sixth Form is not just about academic excellence; personal development is equally important. Our students play a crucial role in the school as leaders and mentors to all other year groups. There are numerous opportunities available, including an annual ski trip, a visit to New York, a French Exchange programme, various subject visits such as the 2015 Science visit to the CERN centre in Geneva, and an opportunity to undertake and achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The support programme for UCAS and options Post-16 is also outstanding.
The new Sixth Form Centre is purpose-built with a media suite, classrooms, study area, cyber café and fitness gym. Students receive free gym membership and there is also the facility to loan IT equipment for personal use if required. As part of our Sixth Form Dress Code, introduced at the beginning of this academic year, students are expected to wear smart business dress. This change has been a resounding success both in terms of the Sixth Form ethos and the impact on younger students.
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Caney (Head of Sixth Form) or Mr Croft (Vice Principal with responsibility for Post 16 Education), who will be able to answer any queries that you may have.
We still welcome enquiries regarding entry to the Sixth Form and can arrange a tour of the facilities. Please note that external applicants will be requested to attend an interview and will need to provide a copy of their latest report along with a reference from their current school.
Please click on the links below for all the current entry information:
Sixth Form Tutors 2016-17:
Mr Farrell (Rm 113)
Mrs Tindle/Ms Psevdhiotis (Library)
Ms Bradshaw (Rm 101)
Mr White (Rm 105)
Mr Watson (Rm 106)
Ms Purdon (Rm 117)
Mrs Norris (Rm 118)
Mrs Wathall (Rm 116)
Mrs Davies (Rm 100)
Mrs Teasel (Rm 114)
The Joseph Whitaker School Bursary Fund
What is the Bursary Fund?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay on in full time education after Year 11.
The Scheme comprises two parts:
- A Full Bursary
(£1,200.00 an academic year) for those most in need of financial support:
- An Educational Support Grant
available for those in need of finance to help them meet specific costs to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses, e.g. transport, equipment, fieldwork costs.
- young people in care
- those receiving income support
- those disabled receiving Employment Support Allowance and
Disability Living Allowance.
- A student must be aged 16 and under 19 on the 31st August in the academic year in which he/she starts a programme of study.
- A student must be on a full time programme of study.
3. The Full Bursary (£1,200.00)
The Scheme comprises two parts:
1 A Full Bursary (£1,200.00 an academic year) for those most in need of financial support, i.e young people who are:
- in care;
- living independently having left Local Authority care;
- receiving Income Support or Universal Credit;
- disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
An Educational Support Grant is available for those in need of finance to help them meet specific costs to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses, e.g. transport, equipment, fieldwork costs. Further details including the eligibility criteria are available on the school website or alternatively, please see Mr Croft.
4. The Educational Support Grant
Students can apply for this grant to fund particular needs. Once granted they will be entitled to the cost of one or more of the following:
- Transport to and from school (up to £400.00 pa);
- Books/equipment/materials/specialist clothing;
- Field trips and visits related to courses;
- Exam retakes/UCAS fees;
- Travel expenses for up to 3 Higher Educational visits.
Students can apply for this grant if:
(a) They are eligible for free school meals. You are eligible if your parents are claiming one of these benefits.
- Income Support
- ii. Child tax credit, provided they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual taxable income as assessed by the Inland Revenue) which from 6th April 2011 does not exceed £16,190.
- iii. Income based job seekers allowance
- iv. Employment Support Allowance (Income related).
- v. Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
- vi. Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
(b) They come from families in the lower 40% of UK household incomes:
- i. Students with an annual family income of less that £20,000 in the last tax year (including benefits). This must be established through current Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit Documentation/P60.
- ii. Students who can demonstrate through Working Tax Credit/Family Tax Credit that their award has been changed to reflect a change in circumstances so that their annual family income including benefits is now below £20,000.
5. How to Apply
- The application is for the academic year. Students should apply each year.
- Students should complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form and forward to Miss Caney or Mr Croft. Students will need to provide appropriate evidence to support their application: For the Full Bursary this might include:
- A letter referring to the benefit to which the young person is entitled;
- Written confirmation from the LA of the young person’s current or previous looked after status.
For the Educational Support Grant this should include evidence of benefits/allowances/grants or household income.
- Once students have had the Education Support Grant approved they can apply directly to the Head of Sixth Form to make specific requests for financial support.
- Application Forms are available from the school office.
6. Payment of the Full Bursary
- Payment will be made by BACS draft into a student’s bank account weekly.
- Weekly payments will depend on full attendance, good behaviour and completion of work.
7. Payment of the Educational Support Grant
- Payment will be made by BACS draft, cheque, small cash payments or quite often in kind.
- Payments will be made on production of relevant receipts/invoices/official estimates.
- Award and payment will also depend on attendance, good behaviour and completion of work.
Organisation and Appeals
- The Sixth Form Team will be responsible for deciding who receives the awards based on the criteria outlined above.
- The Bursary Fund is given to the school every year by the YPLA (Young Peoples’ Learning Agency). Once these monies have been allocated during the year the school will not be able to make any further grants until the new academic year.
- Appeals relating to the grant or bursary should be made in the first instance to the Head of the Sixth Form.
- Further and final appeals should be made to the Headteacher. There is no further right of appeal.