Head of 6th Form
Mr M Chapman
Mrs I Black
Mr D Cheedy
Miss K Collier
Mrs C Evans
Mr B Fisher
Mr K Griffiths
Mrs C Shaw
Mrs H Smith
Cwmbran High School has an open and inclusive 6th Form offering a range of A level and BTEC courses. We aim to provide high quality teaching in order that students achieve their potential. Our 6th form team will help students plan for a successful future.
We have a dedicated team of 6th Form Tutors and a learning coach who will support each individual through the two years in order that they progress to university, training or employment.
The step up to post 16 education can be demanding. 6th Form students are expected to develop greater self -reliance and the ability to learn independently in order to prepare for university and/or the workplace. At Cwmbran High School we offer support to our students and continue to work in partnership with parents in order to achieve this.
Regular tracking and reporting means that we are able to monitor student progress and intervene and support when necessary. Parents are involved in supporting students’ education; they regularly receive reports on progress, attend consultation evenings and are contacted when it is felt that they need to be involved.
The 6th Form provides a wide range of courses to cater for most post 16 students. However, Maths and Science A level courses require students to have achieved a minimum grade B at GCSE. Students who have not successfully achieved a grade C in English or Maths at GCSE will be required to attend lessons and re-sit these in Year 12. For further information, please contact Mr M Chapman, Head of 6th form.
Uniform and Attendance
6th Form students are expected to wear the correct uniform and attend school regularly as in other years. There is a clear correlation between attendance and attainment and we must emphasise to students and parents the importance of regular attendance. External examinations will take place in May/June, after which lessons will continue as normal. Coursework deadlines vary throughout the year depending on the course. Students must not book holidays during term time. The WJEC publishes exam dates on the following link:
Ensuring that students attend school dressed smartly in school uniform is the foundation for high standards in other aspects of school life, including a positive attitude towards learning and behaviour.
An Educational Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A.) is available to students remaining in full time education post 16 where the family income falls within defined limits. Payments are strictly linked to attendance and to learning agreements.
All 6th Form students will have periods of unsupervised private study on their timetables. During this time they will have the use of a purpose built 6th Form area. Many departments also encourage students to spend time studying in their subject areas. Students are expected to use this time productively and it is an important step in learning to be self-disciplined and independent.
The majority of 6th Form students will undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate / Skills Challenge Certificate. More information available on the Welsh Baccalaureate page of this website and on the WJEC website.
University / UCAS
The process of University application begins in year 12 through the tutor programme and special events in partnership with local universities. Students are encouraged, advised and supported throughout the application process in order that they are successful in securing a university place that meets their needs.
For those students who aspire to Oxbridge, Russell group universities or particularly competitive courses such as medicine, special tuition or preparation is provided.
Extra Curricular acivities
Whilst we place an emphasis on academic study, we ensure that there are many opportunities to develop in wider interests such as the arts and sports. We also believe it is essential to provide opportunities for young people to take responsibility for leading the learning of others thus strengthening their independence and maturity, through the school council and senior prefect teams. Students are able to volunteer as buddies for younger pupils to help develop their literacy and numeracy skills. We aim to develop a strong sense of community through activities such as charity fundraising, sports coaching, working with younger pupils and music and drama activities.
All sixth formers are encouraged to undertake a period of work experience, usually in an area relevant to their proposed course or career. Students are advised that it is essential for certain areas such as medicine, health related courses, veterinary science and teaching; in other areas it is strongly recommended as providing additional weight to a university or job application.
Students continue their academic studies in school alongside professional training and matches. The football academy coaches also work as tutors in the 6th form to help support the students.
For further information or to arrange a visit to the 6th Form at Cwmbran High School, please contact Mr Marc Chapman- Head of 6th Form