Contextual overview of Saltash Community School Sixth Form

School as a whole

Saltash Community School is a co-educational comprehensive school in South East Cornwall, and is part of South-East Cornwall Multi-Academy Regional Trust (SMART).  In Year 7 we have an eight form entry with approximately 230 students entering each year. The majority of our students come from the town of Saltash, with a significant number of others coming from surrounding villages, and a smaller number from Plymouth.

28.9% of students in Years 7-11 are pupil premium, including a higher than average number of service children due to the proximity of the major Royal Navy and Royal Marine bases in Plymouth.

Our aim as a school is to provide the right conditions for learning so that every child can achieve greatness. This means that we aim to pay as much attention to well-being as we do to academic achievement; as much attention to ‘effort’ as we do ‘attainment’. We strive to provide students and staff with the appropriate skills to make them resilient life-long learners.

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form averages 150-200 learners, and students are admitted on the basis of achieving at least 5 GCSE Grade A*-Cs or Grade 4-9s including English or Maths, except in exceptional circumstances, with specific additional requirements for particular subjects.

The majority of the current Year 13 undertook three A Levels throughout their studies with us, with some combining A Levels with BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science or CTEC Level 3 in Sport and Physical Activity. Most also undertook an Extended Project Qualification in Year 12, except for those who entered without a Grade 4 in either English or Maths who instead undertook a compulsory GCSE resit in that subject.

The School uses ALPs data at the start of Year 12 to provide an initial baseline of students’ underlying academic ability, and set targets, whilst progression test results at the end of Year 12 are used to inform both progress to Year 13 and final result predictions.

In addition to their academic studies all Year 13 undertake a programme of Careers education – including lessons, speakers and optional visits – and a non-certified General Studies programme which combines Citizenship, PSHE and Careers topics, most of which are covered through guest speakers. Students have also completed collapsed timetable ‘Theme Days’ on the topics of ‘You’re Hired’ (business skills); and Environment and Climate Change Mock United Nations, and attended a ‘Learn2Live’ Road Safety Day. Approximately 90% of Sixth Form students complete a week’s Work Experience in the summer term of Year 12.

Some students choose to undertake a Sports Leadership Qualification, or accredited volunteering, whilst a handful of others complete the Extended Project Qualification.

Approximately 60% of our students continue onto Higher Education each year. A small number, usually 3-5 per year, apply for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine or Veterinary Medicines, whilst a larger number of students attend Russell Group Universities, predominantly those closer to Cornwall which are Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff and Southampton.

The school awards the discretionary Post-16 Bursary on the basis of household income, and this is usually given to those with an income household of £20,000 or less. The school collectively classifies students on the Post-16 Bursary and others who were Free Schools Meals students in Year 11 as ‘disadvantaged Sixth Form students’