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Isleworth & Syon has an extremely successful Sixth Form, which has been in the top 10% for value-added for the last ten years. Our primary aim is to ensure that all students experience an academic education of the highest standard, and the school offers a highly supportive environment for students to continue their post-sixteen studies. Girls are welcome in our Sixth Form, either as part of the consortium or as an external applicant.

In Summer 2017, we were thrilled with students’ A level results. 28% of results were A*/A, while 98% of BTEC grades were Distinction* or Distinction. Many students gained places at some of the top universities in the world, including Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Holloway, Imperial College London, Bristol, and the London School of Economics. You can see our university leavers from 2009-2016 by clicking here. These results were a testimony to the school’s continued desire to be ‘outstanding in every respect’.

In the Sixth Form, our expectations are high, with senior students expected to operate as role models for students in the lower school. This is reflected in the Sixth Form appearance policy. Boys are expected to dress in a smart business attire, with a suit, tie, and brown or black shoes compulsory. Girls are also expected to dress in a smart business style. Read more about our expectations in this PowerPoint presentation.

Please click on the tabs for more information about what our Sixth Form has to offer.

View the staff team

Assistant Headteacher – Sixth Form Leader

Mr J Doyle

Deputy Sixth Form Leader

Mr D West

Form Tutors

Mr M Adams Miss T Billimoria
Mr R Carpenter Mr C Dorris
Mr A Nowicki Mr R O’Neill
Ms J Stroude
Parents/carers of Sixth Form students are asked to leave a message on the Sixth Form attendance line – 0208 232 7972 – if their son/daughter/ward is to be absent from school for sickness or any other reason. A call should be made for every day that a student is absent, and absences not reported will be noted as unauthorised, with further steps being taken if appropriate.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Level 3 courses which are studied over two years. We offer A levels and BTEC National Diplomas. These Level 3 qualifications are designed for students who have 5 A*-C GCSE equivalent qualifications, including English and mathematics. Students joining the Sixth Form with A*-B grades are given a free choice from the broad range of courses; students with a C-grade entry profile will have less ‘free’ choice and will be advised closely as to the best options open to them.

Students who have not reached 5 A*-C grades at Key Stage 4 can still enter the Sixth Form, taking a one-year Level 2 course. Upon successful completion, students are encouraged to progress on to the Level 3 courses for a further two years. All students are expected to take mathematics and English GCSE if they did not previously attain a grade C or above.

Isleworth & Syon’s Sixth Form is part of a consortium which includes other Hounslow borough schools. The consortium arrangement offers a shared curriculum, whereby students can travel to each of the schools if the subject that they wish to study is not offered at their home school.

As part of the Central Consortium, girls are welcomed at Isleworth & Syon. Although we believe that single-sex education is beneficial through to Key Stage 4, we value having mixed classes in the Sixth Form. Being a consortium helps us to do this.

Our core business is to support the students who study here. There are various pastoral structures in place to maximise the potential of our students. Should students be at risk of failing to meet their target minimum grades, there are interventions in place to get them back on track; these include the use of academic monitoring cards, department reports, academic tutoring, and, of course, parent/carer involvement. Many students find the transition to Year 12 difficult, so we put a lot of effort into supporting the students and intervening, where appropriate.

We operate supervised study sessions in the Sixth Form Study Room for Year 12 and 13. Year 12 students operate a five-period day from Monday to Friday, and have supervised study sessions if they do not have timetabled lessons. Year 13 students are required to take five study sessions per week on top of their timetabled lessons.

Some teachers offer extra sessions in order to support their students attain the best possible grades. Click here to view the complete study support timetable.

For more information on our support structures, visit the Pastoral System page and click on the ‘Sixth Form’ tab.

As a Sixth Form student, your drive, imagination and energy dictate what happens on a day-to-day basis. There is a vast array of opportunities in which to get involved. Students in the Sixth Form are given a lot more responsibility within the life of the school. This involves the appointment of a Head Boy and one or two Deputies, who chair the School Council and can influence the day-to-day working of the school.

Making the most of your time at Sixth Form is achieved by grasping opportunities. These include being a member of our Student Voice team, which consists of selected Year 13 students who contribute to the day-to-day working and organisation of the Sixth Form. One of their recent ideas involved the creation of a mentoring programme, whereby Year 13 students assist Year 12s with the rigorous UCAS process. Other Student Voice activities include sorting out displays in the Study Room and organising social events.

While there is, of course, a heavy emphasis on working hard, there is a fantastic social life within the Sixth Form. The showpiece event is the Summer Ball, a formal event run by the students themselves. Students also organise inter-consortium activities and social events, including Christmas and Leavers Balls.

After the Sixth Form, many of our students progress to university. However, we understand that further education is not for everyone, and so, students not progressing to university are given on-site guidance by school staff and also have access to a Connexions Advisor. The Sixth Form Support Team and Form Tutors are also heavily involved in the UCAS application process, for those students who want to apply for university. Form Tutors are assigned according to their students’ interests and aspirations wherever possible (for instance, students with an interest in further science study could have a member of the science faculty as their tutor). Guidance is provided for every step of the process, and students are also invited to taster days, exhibitions, and university lectures and seminars. We have a comprehensive intake of students, and the spread of university destinations reflects this.

Tailored support is also offered for those students applying for Oxbridge, Medical courses, Dentistry or Veterinary School. We know how under-represented students from non-selective state schools are in these top universities and courses, and we are proud of our record in placing Isleworth & Syon students within them.