High quality learning, a broad innovative curriculum, a personalised enrichment programme and an unwavering commitment to ensure every student realises their full potential. We will provide you with the perfect platform to the next step in your individual learning journey.
Established in 2015, our Sixth Form has flourished into a community of 250 academically curious and intelligent young adults. As our current and past students will tell you, we have fostered an ethos of high expectations unpinned by strong support. There is no typical Alderbrook student, what binds us is a strong set of shared values; Ambition, Bravery and Kindness. We aim to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and strength of character they need to go on and fulfil their dreams, whatever their individual goals.
Students join Alderbrook in Year 12 from near and far. We are pleased to welcome a great many returning students who have been part of the Alderbrook family since Year 7, alongside a considerable number of students who have been at other schools in Solihull and Birmingham previously. This makes for an exciting and diverse Sixth Form community that feels different for everyone starting at the beginning of these formative two years. Our students benefit from having contemporary and attractive facilities including their own social space and café; a silent study, discussion room, learning resource centre, large ICT suite for independent study, as well as the exclusive use of their own outside area.
Our alumni study a wide variety of subject specialisms at University and more recently, students also successfully gain places on competitive degree apprenticeship courses. We have students studying in all four corners of the UK and we have the expertise of supporting students to achieve higher education places abroad too, from America to Taiwan.
A Levels provide the core academic input for our Sixth Formers. We offer a range of subjects taught by specialists in small groups. A Levels generally require a greater degree of independent learning and study than GCSEs and are more academically demanding. Students usually take three A Levels plus AS Core Maths or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Those who are particularly gifted are likely to take on four discrete A Levels. To learn more about our curriculum offer please see the side tab here.
Sixth Form students enjoy a separate pastoral support system, tutor time and communal meetings appropriate to their needs. This system is led by the Heads of Year 12 and Year 13, alongside our Learning & Wellbeing Manager. Each student is also assigned their own tutor with whom they will forge a strong working relationship over the two years.
Student Voice and Leadership is an integral part of our Post 16 community. We want to build excellent relationships with our young adults and we encourage them to be proactive in their learning and experiences with us. As such, we give students a variety of ways to voice their opinions and invoke change: Senior Leadership Roles, Student Committee, Subject Ambassadors, and Conferences. Highlights for students are often our lively social events including charity dress-ups, cultural trips – both home and abroad – annual Christmas Dinner and Quiz, Prize Giving, Leavers’ Picnic Tea, all culminating in the Grand Summer Ball.
Alderbrook Sixth Form employs a dress code, based on business attire. Full details of our dress code can be found in the Student Handbook. Financial help is available at Alderbrook through the 16-19 Bursary. This fund exists to provide support to learners who are facing financial difficulty, which may otherwise mean that they would be prevented from, or struggle to, participate fully in education and training.
Above all, life in the Sixth Form at Alderbrook is energetic; full of opportunities and challenge!