Handsworth Grammar School Sixth Form is one of the most academically successful in the city, and virtually all of our Year 13 students go on to university. We presently have about 250 students in the Sixth Form with about half of those, joining us from other schools. Approximately one third of the Sixth Form are female, and we welcome applications from pupils presently at other schools.
We have a strong academic tradition in the Sixth Form, and our curriculum and ethos is unashamedly that of a grammar school. We make no apologies for insisting on the highest standards of dress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour, as we believe that this sets us apart from many other Sixth Form providers.
Our students go on to the finest universities around the country to study on the most competitive of courses. We challenge and support them as much as possible so that they can fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible grades to help them on to the next stage of their careers.
We recently moved to a brand new, modern, Sixth Form Centre, where our pupils now have access to the finest IT facilities, and all of the support necessary to be successful Sixth Form students.
Our students are very proud of this facility, and we make every effort to utilize it, and to look after it for the benefit of all of the students and staff who study and work here each day.
We have developed a varied calendar of enrichment days when students come off timetable and take part in various activities. We regularly invite speakers from a wide range of professions to speak to our students about potential careers on these days, and we also give our students the opportunity to try other activities such as rock climbing, yoga and pottery. Our students are also taught about cooking on a budget, which is a very useful skill to have when they are university students.
We also want our students to contribute to their local community. We are part of the “Envision” programme and through this, many of our students make valuable contributions to local institutions including care and retirement homes. They enjoy meeting elderly people and helping with practical activities such as gardening, which older people find more difficult.
We want our students to leave Handsworth Grammar School equipped with the skills to make a real and meaningful contribution to society, both locally, nationally and indeed internationally. We challenge our students every day to push themselves harder and harder in order to succeed in a very competitive world.
Are you ready for the challenge?
CJ Conway (Assistant Headteacher Post 16)