At Wycombe High School, we pride ourselves on providing a balanced and broad curriculum offer which enables students to create a bespoke pathway which meets their personal interests and aspirations.
To foster limitless ambition, we do not restrict A level subject choice with option blocks in the initial selection; all students can make a free choice of subjects from those below. Whilst we cannot always guarantee that students can study the exact combination they have chosen, it is exceptionally rare that we are unable to accommodate their choices.
There are 23 subjects that can be taken as a full A Level:
Drama & Theatre Studies
Philosophy and Ethics
In addition to the 23 full A Level subjects’ students can select one enrichment subject from this list:
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
A typical programme of study will either be:
16% of all A Level grades are A*
50% are A* to A grades
79% are A* to B grades
80% of the Class of 2023 secured a place at university
71% of the Class of 2023 secured a place at their first choice university
82% of our aspiring medics have secured a place to study Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine
88% of Oxbridge offer holders have secured their place
6 students have secured apprenticeships with prestigious companies such as Santander and JP Morgan
The culture in the Sixth Form is such that nothing is off limits, and anything is possible. Our students inspire and are inspired by the positive culture that surrounds them.
To support the rigour of study required at A Level, classes are kept small even in popular subjects to ensure that students have access to quality first teaching across the curriculum. Students savour the opportunities their lessons present to advance their knowledge and readily support one another in this journey, their generous spirit permeating all they do.
Our learning culture is underpinned by our school values with stretch and challenge forming a fundamental part of every lesson.
Subject specialist staff resource and deliver lessons with care, developing independent research and nurturing independent study skills as courses progress. Our students understand and respond to the expectations of them. The Wycombe High School Learner characteristics define the qualities which reinforce success and prepare students for future study and the world of work. These characteristics form the structure of praise and reward and instil a clear direction to the learning environment.
I am brave but not perfect. I take risks and approach uncertainty with tenacity and forethought. In the face of challenge and change I can work collaboratively and independently to explore new ideas and solve problems creatively. I act with integrity and relish challenge, whilst taking responsibility for my actions. I am courageous in my approach and look for ways to be brave every day.
Lessons at Key Stage Five are more collegiate than students will have previously experienced.
Our staff relish the opportunity to share their expertise with our Sixth Formers and take every opportunity to get to know the learning styles and needs of their classes well. For Year 11 Wycombe High students, the continuity and familiarity offered as you move from Key Stage four into five offers huge advantages. For students joining the school the emphasis we place on the community provides assurance that you will be valued at every step of your journey with us.
Each subject will typically have a maximum of eight lessons per fortnight, though the allocation for enrichment subjects will differ.
Additional sessions will include PHSEE, Physical Recreation and the Futures Programme together with a mix of supervised and non-supervised study periods to develop greater freedoms in the approach to learning. The Miller Study Area is the primary base for study with capacity for 130 students in desks or study pods and an impressive Café dominates the top floor of the Sixth Form block for the sole use of the Sixth Form students
We have regular events and competitions in school with talks and workshops from specialists across all subjects in the curriculum. In the last year we have welcomed amongst others, authors, film directors, astronauts, and celebrity mathematicians to share their career journey and experiences with our students.
Whilst lessons are conducted across the school site in specialist rooms the Miller Block houses the classrooms, a Lecture Theatre, and dedicated spaces for students to work, relax, and share their time. There is no typical Wycombe High School Sixth Former; the relaxed dress code enables students to express their individuality and be their own person helping each and everyone feel safe and know they belong.