Open evening for the 6th Form Centre at Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire on November 7, 2019
Academic achievements maybe paramount but universities and employers also seek other strengths and abilities in students.
That’s why the new contemporary 6th Form Centre at Wisbech Grammar School (WGS) offers so much more for pupils.
Although academic learning remains at the heart of everything at the school, there are other vital attributes needed for young people to advance in life.
They include life skills, employability, resilience, initiative and independence – something that the 6th Form experience delivers and which are much sought after by educational institutions and employers.
WGS recently opened its newly renovated 6th Form Centre with the aim of creating a designated space for pupils to connect, collaborate and socialise.
An open evening for the 6th Form Centre will take place between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, November 7.
Scholarships are available for entry into 6th Form 2020 whether it’s academic or an all-rounder focusing on either music, sport, drama or art and design.
The deadline for applications is Friday, November 22.
“Our 6th Form is about opening as many doors as possible for pupils and making their next step one that makes the most of their potential,” said Kate Taylor, who is Head of 6th Form.
“We encourage our pupils to look beyond the classroom and prepare them for the wider world with a lot more than a series of impressive results.”
The renovation works at the 6th Form Centre have been equally impressive.
There are specific rooms for A Level teaching, two of which are Harkness Teaching rooms designed to promote discussion in an encouraging and open-minded environment.
The downstairs area is also home to a careers space with a reference library and computer access.
Upstairs provides the pupils with a large modern café style common room and two study rooms.
One is designed for collaborative study with large tables suitable for group project work and the other is for silent, independent study with individual carrels and access to computers.
As part of the transformation, the school has recruited executive chef Trevor Clark who has introduced a new menu which is inspired by ‘Brain Food’ to 6th Form pupils.
“We're looking at food slightly differently taking inspiration from world street food, with notes of Middle Eastern and Asian flavours, but not forgetting British classics,” said Trevor.
“The food offering will be innovative, colourful and of course nutritious.
“Expect to see pasta pots and overnight oats with stewed apricots at morning snack time, with Korean rice bowls, ramen and roasted butternut squash flatbread for lunch.
“And also some classics like cod goujons in a brioche bun.”
Trevor will also ensure a larger emphasis on plant-based foods with a variety of meze available each day to accompany fresh breads.
“We want the food to be fun and engaging, all while being seasonal and making the best of our local provenance,” he added
“We also aim to be more environmentally friendly by utilising compostable materials where practical.”
Whilst the 6th Form Centre enjoys a distinct identity, it remains very much part of the wider School community.
This offers pupils a real advantage and presents many avenues to take a leading role in school life and indulge their interests outside the classroom through a wide range of team sports, community initiatives, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities.
To complement the schools’ A-level programme of study, they offer a series of enrichment lectures designed to challenge, inspire and broaden horizons.
Approximately 15 talks are presented by visiting speakers each year on subjects which fall outside the boundaries of the curriculum and cross disciplinary boundaries.
The aim of the Enrichment Lecture series is to push pupils out of their comfort zone and to allow them to get an insight into a variety of experiences that our speakers are able to share with them.
Recently the 6th Form Centre hosted John Willis founder of Power2Inspire, speaking to pupils he shared his story on how he has overcome barriers throughout his life without fully formed arms and legs.
In previous years, the school has hosted speakers ranging from ex-England Cricket and Rugby international Alistair Hignall to Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer among many others.
For more information contact the WSG Admissions Team on 01945 58670 or email email@example.com. Click here to learn more about the school.