What We Offer
The Sixth Form at Ashcroft Technology Academy has a strong academic ethos and offers an environment in which students are supported to achieve the very highest levels of academic achievement. Following their Sixth Form studies, our students typically progress to Russell Group universities, studying a range of academic courses. Our students are well prepared to meet the challenges that these courses present as a result of the knowledge and skills they develop during their time in the Sixth Form.
The Academy has an established reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and results and we are proud of the achievements our students make each year. We have inspiring resources for your continuing studies, high-quality, research-led teaching, and we offer a broad curriculum with an extensive range of courses.
The successes our students achieve have been recognised both locally and nationally. We are especially pleased to have won the Wandsworth Pupil Achievement Award for highest A - Level results in Wandsworth borough every year since 2013. We have also been recognised at a national level with an award for the excellent progress our Sixth Form students make (the Learning Plus UK student progress award). These awards are testament to this being a Sixth Form where the combination of hard work and outstanding teaching allows students to reach their full potential.
Sixth Form students have the choice of two programmes of study: A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate, the latter of which is a broad and highly-regarded qualification, offered mainly in the independent sector. A-Level students typically study three subjects, with the option open to students who study Maths and Further Maths to study a fourth subject to maintain a good balance. In addition to their A-Level and IB courses, all Sixth Form students follow a weekly pastoral programme, which includes comprehensive guidance on UCAS preparation, career pathways, and support with their own personal and academic development and independent study skills. Furthermore, our extensive super-curricular programme in the Sixth Form provides supplementary opportunities and encouragement to our students who intend to apply to the most prestigious universities in the UK and abroad. This includes the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification in a subject of a student’s choosing and to participate in our support programme for aspiring Medics and Oxbridge candidates.
We are very aware that students across the country have faced unprecedented disruption to their education during the coronavirus pandemic. While schools were closed to the majority of students, all ATA students followed their normal timetable remotely and accessed all of their lessons, which were taught live online by Academy staff. This allowed our students to continue with their full curricula while at home. Nevertheless, we do appreciate that a high-quality online provision will not have the same impact that excellent face-to-face teaching has and we are also aware that not all schools delivered the same online provision we did. Consequently, the Academy has chosen to increase the time allocated to A-level subjects by 25%. This investment of time represents a significant commitment by the Academy to make sure that students who study with are supported to give of their best and who are given the best possible preparation for their exams.
In the Sixth Form, you will develop your academic independence and take responsibility for your own learning; however our teachers, tutors and Sixth Form Management Team are outstanding and always willing to help, support and advise. We also recognise the importance of learning beyond the classroom and so you will find a superb range of super-curricular and extra-curricular activities available for you to participate in and enjoy during your time in the Sixth Form.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Sixth Form at Ashcroft Technology Academy and working with you in pursuit of your ambitions.
Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form