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The High Weald Academy

About the Sixth Form

Post-16 at The High Weald Academy

The High Weald Academy has a vibrant and expanding Sixth Form where the students follow a range of A Level and BTEC Level 3 and Level 2 courses. These include Media Studies, ICT, Hospitality, Sociology, Photography, Public Services, Children’s Care Learning and Development, Fashion and Clothing and Business Administration.  The partnership with Cranbrook School continues to offer opportunities for High Weald Academy students to study a single subject at Cranbrook.

This is a unique academy with a strong rural heritage and we are able to offer a range of opportunities to those wishing to study vocational and academic courses which will open doors to higher education, employment or further training opportunities.

For many students at The High Weald Academy we will be able to offer the courses that students will want to study in an environment that is supportive and where we can encourage them to develop further and achieve their potential.  We have been working on reshaping our sixth form and now offer groupings of subjects under the banner of four academy titles:

  • Business and Enterprise
  • Communication and Creative
  • Science and Agriculture
  • Sport

We have a growing partnership with Plumpton Agricultural College to support some of these developments and this along with our ongoing partnership with Cranbrook School allows students to study a mix of courses.

The Sixth Form are based in a redeveloped, dedicated area in the school with a computer suite, work area, kitchen,  as well as teaching areas.  The Sixth Form is an integral part of the school.  Our dedicated students provide leadership by acting as role models for the younger students by helping in community lessons, offering mentoring and sharing their experience of their life in the ‘lower’ school, and are heavily involved with the House system by acting as House Captains and Prefects.

Our Admissions policy is explained in the prospectus and is dependent on the level of courses and the subjects that are studied.  For more information contact Tracey Evans Head of Sixth Form.

We asked one of our Year 13 students to write something for the website to enable you to see life at The High Weald Academy Sixth Form from a student’s point of view:

"The High Weald Academy has some of the best subjects on offer from Sociology to Hospitality alongside the more traditional English and Mathematics courses.  The positive working atmosphere makes the academy a great place to learn, including the resources and support from teachers.  Student life here is very enjoyable. Personally I believe all the students within the Sixth Form will leave with much more than just qualifications, also independence and vast social skills which are widely recognised by employers and university applications.  Higher Education is very important that is why the teachers are always encouraging students to do their best and meet their full potential."

"It is not only the education which The High Weald Academy provides that makes it a great place to study as there are a number of extra-curricular activities across the school including sports, subject related or even the school farm may interest you! There’s something for everyone."

"The social side of The High Weald Academy is very good, with a very friendly and strong bond between students, with staff being very approachable with any questions or general information.  There are a number of annual events such as the Sixth Form Ball and fundraising activities from fancy dress days to sponsored events which brings the community together as one."

Key Stage Five Results Summary Summer 2016:

  • the progress students made in GCSE English retake was 50% 1 grade of progress from their KS4 result and 62%of GCSE maths retake students achieved 1 grade of progress from their KS4 result
  • the progress students made compared with students across England will be updated as soon as the national data is known and published
  • the average grade that students in Year 13 achieved at the end of their study was APS grade equivalent D and APS grade equivalent D- for the students in Year 12 who took AS exams (not all Year 12 students sat exams for AS)
  • student retention  three year trend data is as follows:

% retention




Y12 into 13




Student destinations are known to be as follows:

  • the percentage of students who planned to continue in education or training is 66%
  • the percentage who planned to move on to employment is 12%