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WBS Sixth Form rated GOOD by Ofsted

(Posted on 08/11/17)

WBS Sixth Form rated GOOD by Ofsted

Sixth Form students and staff are celebrating the news Ofsted inspectors have rated William Brookes School and Sixth Form a Good school. The announcement comes as we prepare to welcome prospective A Level students from across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to our Sixth Form Open Day on 15 November.

Rating the Sixth Form as Good, inspectors praised the standard of our A Level teaching, exam results, retention and the very positive environment. They identified that it is well led and that Leaders provide a wide range of high quality, non-qualification activity in which students are expected to participate. This ensures that all our students develop personal experiences and skills and are able to successfully move into higher education or work-based employment at the end of Sixth Form.

Writing specifically about WBS Sixth Form in their report, Ofsted commented:

“Teaching in the sixth form is consistently effective. Teachers use their expert subject knowledge to plan lessons that build well on what students already know. Their explanations are clear and precise. Relationships are strong and students value their teachers’ expertise.”

  • Students enjoy being part of the sixth form. They value their friends and the support that teachers and other adults provide. Attendance, which was criticised in the previous inspection report, has risen considerably to be similar to the rest of the school. All students who spoke to inspectors said that they were glad that they had joined the sixth form.”
  • Almost all students who join the sixth form in Year 12 complete their courses at the end of Year 13. A small number leave during Year 12 because opportunities arise, such as apprenticeships or scholarships to performing-arts institutions. The proportion of students moving to employment or higher education when they finish Year 13 is consistently higher than that seen nationally, as is the proportion who move on to university.”