The Invictus Sixth Form curriculum is designed to help students become well-rounded, aspirational individuals who possess the necessary knowledge, skills and qualities to be successful on whatever pathway they choose to follow. We believe that every individual has the potential to achieve and build on their recent achievements. We are committed to ensuring that our Sixth Form students are prepared and able to continue the next step pathway be that further study or work. All members of the school community are committed to this ethos, work hard together in the pursuit of excellence and all contribute to the successes of our students and Sixth Form.
Kinver is a well-established, long-running Sixth Form with a long history of academic success. Since joining with our other partner schools to found Invictus Sixth Form, we have continued to thrive, and are now ranked as one of the top 5% of Sixth Forms in the country for student progress. To meet a wide range of students’ needs, we have also broadened the range of subjects we offer, including providing the opportunity to study both BTEC and A-Level qualifications; either independently or in conjunction with one another. In addition, over the last two years we have also launched the Invictus Rugby Academy, Football Academy and Netball Academy to ensure that we provide students with the chance to demonstrate their sporting talents alongside their academic prowess.
Despite continuing to grow in size, stature and success, Kinver has retained our core values of closely supporting our students, guiding them in the right direction for their future aspirations, and giving them greater independence to develop as young adults, as well as academics. Students who choose to study at Kinver Sixth Form within Invictus get the benefit of small class sizes with excellent support and monitoring from staff, but also the opportunity to meet new people and develop life-long friendships from campuses throughout our Multi-Academy Trust.
As students embark upon their studies within further education, we help to manage the transition from GCSE to A-Level/Level 3 BTEC courses. This period is often the most demanding throughout the duration of their time in education. However, with the support and guidance offered here at Kinver by both teaching staff, and fellow students we are proud of the environment we have created, and the success we have helped our students to achieve. Consistently high-quality teaching within a supportive and nurturing educational climate has helped Kinver become the one of the most successful Sixth Forms in the West Midlands and Staffordshire, and we now look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students in the September of 2020 to continue this success.
Our educational provision
Kinver offers a wide range of subjects at both A-Level and Level 3 BTEC, all taught by experienced staff with a proven track record of success. For the last two years at Kinver, all subjects offered have been graded as having outstanding teaching and learning, as well as outstanding progress (via ALPS – the A-Level Performance System), which rank us in the top 5% in the country
Since forming Invictus Sixth Form, our students are now not only able to study subjects offered by Kinver staff, but also by the very best A-Level and BTEC teachers throughout our Multi-Academy Trust.
Students can choose to study any combination of the subjects on offer, and are able to do either;
· All A-Level courses
· All Level 3 BTEC courses
· A combination of both A-Level and BTEC courses.
The vast majority of students choose to take three different courses (alongside the Rugby Academy if considering this option). However, students are able to take four A-levels if they are able to demonstrate that they can cope with the educational demands that this places on them.
Alongside this, all students undertake a comprehensive PSHE programme, which provides them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. The personalised support they receive throughout also helps with their UCAS, apprenticeship or job applications. This gives them tailored guidance on how to achieve their future aspirations upon completion of their studies, and ensures they are able to achieve their goals.
Opportunities for our students
Kinver Sixth Form also provides students with a wide range of opportunities outside of the classroom to further their personal development whilst completing their studies with us.
Kinver High School and Sixth Form is proud to be the home of the Invictus Sixth Form Rugby Academy, the only secondary school in the West Midlands to be awarded ‘Focus College’ status by England Rugby. As one of the only state/free specialist post-16 rugby providers in the country, we offer students, both male and female a unique experience that is a perfect blend of high quality academic and rugby provision. Students not only improve through training, specialist coaching and playing games, but also gain a number of Rugby-related qualifications that will keep them in the game, and share their love of sport with others too. The academy has established very strong links with Worcester Warriors RFC and local rugby clubs in the local area and beyond.
The Netball Academy programme combines academic study and high-quality sporting provision, making the most of the Trust’s unrivaled sporting facilities. Several accredited netball specific qualifications are completed over the two-year period to further enhance students’ experience, and the course also includes specific nutritional advice and programming, alongside strength and conditioning sessions delivered by a professional conditioning coach. This is a unique opportunity for students to not only pursue high-quality further education, but to also maintain a firm focus and development within the sport they love. The aim of the academy programme is to develop a life-long commitment to netball and the growth of netball within the UK, at grassroots level and beyond.
Launching in September 2020 will be our new Football Academy. Led in collaboration with former England and Tottenham player Andy Sinton, our new sporting academy will provide the same high-quality academic focus as our other academies, alongside improving students’ performance through sessions from UEFA qualified coaches, in conjunction with tailored fitness training and nutritional advice. Students who participate in this programme will be able to continue their love for the game, whilst also gaining football-related qualifications, which will ensure that they can pass on their love of sport to others in future too.
Throughout their studies, students will have the chance to go on a number of educational and cultural visits.
One of the most exciting opportunities available at Kinver Sixth Form is the chance to visit The Gambia to work with our partner schools and communities in West Africa. Since our first visit to The Gambia in 2013, our project has grown and developed into a huge operation that provides support to a number of different worthy causes. Students who join us will be involved in; the building of facilities for orphanages, schools and medical centres in one of our partner communities, as well being able to plan and teach lessons to Gambian students in a school, so they can finally see what us staff have to do on a daily basis! Alongside this, students will get the chance to explore the country further, spending time with a Gambian family and in local villages getting to experience daily life for the people who live there. Whilst on the visit, we also explore as much of the country as possible, allowing students to see the stark differences between West Africa and the UK, but to also learn as much about Gambian culture as possible. This unique opportunity helps our students to understand the importance of the work we do for our partner communities, and to realise the ways in which their choices can help to influence and improve the lives of others throughout the world. It really is a life-changing experience that benefits both our Gambian friends, and our students too.
Invictus Sixth Form also provides students with the chance to go on a cultural visit one of Europe’s major cities. Students have previously visited Prague and Amsterdam, where they are able to explore these beautiful locations and to take in the sights and tourist attractions they encounter. These trips not only allow students to explore a new city, but to also spend time with their peers gaining new experiences and making memories along the way.
Throughout their time at Sixth Form, we will also run trips to universities and to futures conventions to help give students as much help and support with their post-18 options as we can. Visits such as our University Residential, the Apprenticeship Roadshow, ‘What Career? What University?’ convention, and the Higher Educational Conference, along with careers days run in school, give students the chance to see the wide range of opportunities that are available to them, and to guide them along whatever path they choose to take once they have completed their studies with us.
We believe that Sixth Form students should be provided with many opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and ideas beyond the classroom. Our Enrichment Programme has been carefully planned to give them chances to help them pursue other interests and qualifications in conjunction with their main courses. These range from gaining qualifications such First Aid or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), to developing new skills such as learning a language, improving your cooking, or trying out new and exciting sports such as sailing. At Kinver, students have the chance to gain work experience in Primary School teaching, and starting in 2019, they are now able to begin their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which enables to students to obtain this highly prestigious accolade through the support and guidance of Invictus staff, and our Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider, Gecko Experience.
What do our students say about us?
“Kinver has given me the opportunity to achieve the success I hoped for in all of my subjects, but also supported me with my future aspirations and with applications to universities. The close relationships I’ve built with other students and staff have helped me to deal with any issues I’ve had both inside and outside of Sixth Form, which is why I’m really glad I chose to study here.”
Amy Langstone, Head Girl in Year 13
“Right now, in year 13, I am experiencing amazing opportunities. One of which I am excited for is my upcoming role in the Ellowes production of ‘Miss Saigon’ that will be on stage towards the end of November. I’m lucky to have this role as I am not based at the Ellowes campus, however with Invictus allowing me to travel across the trust, I am able to partake in experiences such as this.”
Harvey Bowen, Head Boy and Year 13 Student
“For me, the best part about the Invictus set up is the opportunity to study at different campuses, widening the range of courses available. Having previously studied at Kinver for my GCSEs, the opportunity to travel to Wombourne offered a new scenery and the chance to meet new people.”
Lily Fox, Year 13 Student
“My first year at Invictus Sixth has gone by so quickly, but I feel like I’ve always been here surrounded by the great people that make up our campus at Kinver. Not only have I managed to stay good friends with people from school, I have also made new ones from other campuses. The transition from year 11 to 12 was a big step up from GCSEs, but the teachers’ and older students’ support made it a smooth and comfortable change.”
Lizzie Saunders, Year 12 Student
“Despite still being in a school environment, I feel like I am treated like young adult and shown respect, which has definitely made the relationships I have with teachers excellent, having a positive impact on my motivation and attitude. Due to the teaching and the atmosphere, I feel excited for the future here at Sixth Form and believe that we will achieve grades that will take me far in life, to top universities and then onto my dream careers. The choice to join Invictus has turned out to be the best decision I could have made and I would not have wanted to spend my next two years any other way.”
Scarlet Bromley, Year 12 Student
How to apply to us
To find out more about the Sixth Form, such as our entry requirements and information about the other campuses within Invictus, please download a copy of the Invictus Sixth Form Prospectus (link to prospectus).
To see what courses are on offer and what students would need to study these, as well specific details about what each subject entails, please download a copy of the Invictus Sixth Form Course Guide (link to course guide) Applying to us is simple. Just the following link to apply online; www.invictussixth.com/apply/
For any further information about the Sixth Form, please feel free to contact the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Fox via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).