Successes at Post-16 at George Salter Academy can be seen in many ways.
- We have grown year-on-year since our inception ten years ago.
- Our results at A-level show us to have been well above the national average for the past eight years.
- Our students have high aspirations with over 80% going on to University and 100% of those applying being offered places.
- Our students attend a wide range of Universities and study a wide range of subjects.
- After leaving George Salter Academy for University, over 90% students succeed in their undergraduate study. Past students often visit the Sixth Form to tell us of their graduation and ask for references to enter professional roles.
- Some of our students have achieved Masters degrees, 1st class honours degrees, and most have achieved 2.1 Honours degrees.
- Many students have undertaken fantastic placement years. A year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, researching Malaria, and a year working on projects at the Disney corporation in London are examples of the experiences of George Salter Alumni. Students frequently take internships, using skills developed in the Sixth Form, to boost their chances of gaining meaningful employment on completion of their undergraduate study.
The History of Post 16 at George Salter Academy
Increasing Number of Students
When Post-16 education began at George Salter in 2006, a small group of students chose to stay, taking a few subjects at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Some of our students travelled to other Sixth Form Centres in the area to enable them to have a full curriculum.
Year on year, the Sixth Form has grown in number, with it now being the destination of choice for the majority of students in Year 11 at George Salter, as well as being a centre of excellence attended by students from many other local schools.
Development of the Curriculum
The Post-16 Curriculum has developed each year in response to the needs and requests of students. From only eight subjects in 2006, the Post-16 curriculum has extended to over thirty subjects at AS and A2 level. Each year new subjects have been added, with 2013/2014 seeing AS Product Design, AS Sociology and AS RE being available to students.
The Post-16 Consortium
From humble beginnings, and needing the support of other post-16 centres, George Salter has now become the largest partner in "The Post-16 Consortium". Working alongside Bristnall Hall Academy and Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy has led to a wider curriculum and shared expertise being available for all students at all campuses. Students at Salter Sixth have the opportunity of combining A-level study with Vocational Qualifications, and many achieve both Academically and Vocationally, enabling them to follow university courses which most closely match their interests and abilities. 32% of students take a combination of Academic and Vocational subjects.
In 2016, Post 16 had the best AS and A2 Results ever:
- 98% Pass rate (262 exams sat, 259 passes)
- 24 of 26 subjects had a 100% pass rate
- 70% Pass rate at AS
- 68% A-C grades (58% last year)
- 40% A-B grades (29.7% last year)
The number of students progressing to University has grown each year, since 2008. In 2015, 74 students went to University, which brings the total number of students attending University to 360 since the beginnings of Post-16 study at George Salter.
Most students tend to stay in the Midlands area for study, but as can be seen from this list, some students have moved as far away as London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Wales and Scotland.
Universities attended by George Salter students:
- Bath Spa
- Birmingham City
- De Montfort
- Halesowen College
- Nottingham Trent
- St Andrews
- West of England