At Silverdale our aim is to provide the opportunities, encouragement and guidance to enable every student to develop their abilities and achieve their potential. Our students benefit from a safe and secure environment, clear guidelines and high expectations as well as individual support from their form tutor.
Staff work hard with students and parents to ensure that these basic principles are a daily part of school life. This genuine partnership is based on open communication and the belief that by working together we can achieve continuing success for all at Silverdale.
We believe this provides increased opportunities for our pupils and the wider school community, that extend to our primary and secondary partners, and the local and international community.
We aim to create a learning culture that is international, technological, enterprising and vocational in which all young people experience success.
All courses are offered subject to sufficient demand. We will inform students as soon as possible if a course is no longer available.
The school inclusion and special needs unit is available to offer assistance to Sixth Form students with specific learning needs. In addition, all students undertake a study skills programme at the beginning of Year 12. Those in need of additional help are identified and supported .
Sixth Form students also have access to the school inclusion team who provide support and advice on a wide range of emotional issues as well as acting as a link between the school and more specialised outside agencies.
All students are required to follow an enrichment activity as part of the Sixth Form’s Wednesday afternoon programme. This aims to ensure that students develop a wide range of skills in addition to their academic success to support applications to university, apprenticeships or careers.
In addition to Wednesday afternoon sessions, all Sixth Form students are encouraged to join in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include regular drama productions and music events. Our Sixth Form committee led by our head team, are very active in organising events with the lower school, fund raising for local and international charities and co-ordinating the school council.
What makes us different?
Silverdale is proud of its diverse Sixth Form and welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds. We provide a wide range of challenging A Level, BTEC and Level 3 courses, whilst offering students the individual support they need to succeed through a structured tutorial programme. All students have regular meetings with their form tutor allowing accurate academic monitoring of every student as well as effective pastoral support.
We are very fortunate to have a modern building with excellent facilities available to all students in the school. There is a dedicated Sixth Form common room including a snack bar and study area, with convenient access to the adjacent library.
Our School has a wealth of modern up-to-date facilities, as well as a dedicated drama studio and several ICT rooms (including an ICT suite in the Sixth Form common room).
Silverdale Sixth Form regularly achieves the highest A Level results in the city, as judged by our Level 3 Value Added score. Our Sixth Form was also ranked in the top 1% of all Sixth Forms in the country by ALPS, an organisation that measures student progress at A level based on GCSE attainment. All of our students progressed into either employment, apprenticeships or Higher Education courses at the end of their time in our Sixth Form, 90% of our students progress into Higher Education, some after a Gap Year, with 60% going to Russell Group Universities. We are ranked in the top 100 comprehensive schools in the country for admissions to Oxbridge. In 2018 we were given the School of the North Award by the Sunday Times.