May 26, 2013
High School (Including Sixth Form)
Years 11, 12 and 13 form the High School within the academy. Following our commitment to personalised programmes of study for each individual student, the configuration into three years in the High School gives extensive opportunities for students to develop at their own pace. Some will have completed much of their level 2 (GCSE) education by the end of Y10, and be ready to move on to level 3 courses. For some students, level 2 will be achieved in Y13. Many will want to follow combinations of level 2 and 3 through the final years at LWA, but all will have a shared identity as the more mature students of the academy, ready to take the next steps in education, training or work.
The School Leader with special responsibility for Y11 is Kash Rafiq, who is assisted by Year Manager Miss C Capstick. The academic progress of all students in Y11 is the key focus of the High School team who have the assistance of a number of mentors, some of whom are employed by the Academy, but many of whom come from the University of Leeds or city businesses. Any student who is experiencing any sort of difficulty in their studies has a programme of support and guidance designed to meet their needs, with a mentor assigned to each individual.
Mr S Halligan is School Leader with responsibility for years 12 and 13. Working with the coaching team and Mrs D Danks, Director of Learning 16-19, we are able to provide guidance and advice as to future pathways for students in the final years of High School. There are many opportunities for students to engage with both universities in Leeds as well as other institutions with a specialist subject focus, in order to prepare them for transition into higher and further education. The High School at LWA also works in close collaboration with other local schools in the consortium. In this way all students can access an ever growing variety of courses at the right level for them.
The bespoke sixth form curriculum is created around packages of vocational courses with academic single A levels designed to enhance and widen the skills of students to give them greater depth within their chosen area of study. The sixth form is growing in numbers seeking opportunities to gain higher level qualifications. Leeds West Academy is delighted to work with post 16 students and puts the core values of high achievement, success, and enjoyment, foremost in the delivery of its curriculum.