Time after time our students and families tell us that the reason they choose Shireland for Sixth Form is our strength in knowing each student as an individual.

We know our students’ strengths, their areas of greatest challenge and work with them to succeed. That ‘family feel’ resonates through everything we do in the Sixth Form, whether it’s the tutors who offer support on a daily basis or our regular contact with parents. Students feel valued and feel that they are treated as adults.



We all work hard to ensure we provide an outstanding education at Sixth Form. Our best ever set of A Level and BTEC results in 2017 are testament to that. We don’t shy away from hard work; regular academic monitoring ensures students stay on track to success.

This website aims at offering you a glimpse into life at Shireland Sixth Form. However, the best way to really understand what we do is to visit us. Feel free to contact us to arrange a tour.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Sixth Form soon.
With my best wishes,

Supporting you throughout your time in the Sixth Form is the most important aspect to us; we want you to thrive. The Heads of Year 12 and Year 13, as well as the Student Support Manager, are readily available for support and guidance. They have their own office in the Sixth Form block for you to access and are the direct point of contact for your family.

You are assigned a tutor who will meet with you on a daily basis. The role of the tutor is to ensure your wellbeing whilst supporting your academic progress. You also have regular 1:1 discussions with your tutor about your future career plans, such as applications to university or apprenticeships.

You have a free choice of 3 subjects, which are studied for 2 years. Occasionally we may be able to accommodate a fourth subject, based on individual merit. Each subject has an entry requirement which is located in the subject section of the website. We have over 26 subjects available, both at A Level and BTEC.

It can be a daunting prospect choosing the right 3 subjects. Our team of staff are here to help you every step of the way. Our Open Evening offers you a chance to discuss course content with subject teachers in more detail and meet current students studying the course. In addition, a number of local universities attend our evening and are on hand to answer questions relating to appropriate subjects to study at degree level.

Our interview process also offers families and students the time to consider the suitability of the subjects chose. Sometimes students change their minds after application, do not worry if this applies to you, this can be accommodated through discussions with the Sixth Form team throughout the academic year. Remember, we are here to help you.

As part of the core timetable, all students are required to attend lessons for the Futures Programme and Transferable Skills Programme. These dovetail together, with Futures offering you an insight in to the opportunities beyond Sixth Form for Higher Education and the world of employment. In Transferable Skills you learn how to become an effective Sixth Form student, including developing the skills needed to complete a week’s work experience towards the end of Year 12.

Increasingly universities are looking for students to demonstrate their enthusiasm and motivation for their subjects, as well as securing high grades at A Level and BTEC. Out students can develop their interests through being involved with our Enrichment Programme. This is tailor-made year on year, depending on the interests of the students. For example, in the summer of 2017 our Year 12 students embarked on a paired reading scheme with our Year 7 students and children in our local primary school. Our performing arts students played to packed out audiences at Groove on Down the Road at Birmingham Hippodrome and a dedicated group of product design students found success when they came 1st in the regional finals and 4th in the national finals of the Jaguar Landrover Challenge. Our students can complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards and take part in the National Citizen Service.

Students also engage in a wide range of events both locally and national. Visits to university open days and conferences, as well as attending seminars by visiting external speakers are all part of our Enrichment Programme.

Whilst being in a school setting we recognise the need for our students to be able to mature in to young adults. As a result, we have a business dress code. The students respond well to this privilege and understand how they are role models to the rest of the school.

The school day starts at 8.40am, with morning registration. The Sixth Form assembly is held every Wednesday morning.

Lessons begin at 9.10am and last for 1 hour, with a mid-morning break and a lunch break. Students are issued with a student card which must be worn at all times. These cards can be used by students to go off site at lunchtime. This is seen as a very valuable privilege by students.

Students are issued with their own tailor-made timetable, which includes private study sessions. On average, there are 1-2 study sessions a day, with access to a  dedicated study room in Year 12. Year 13 students use the school library for study periods – this is another privilege for Sixth Form students and helps prepare them for the world of academia at Higher Education.

All Sixth Form students are issued with their own laptop device to use throughout their time at Shireland, to use in school as well as at home. The school day usually finishes at 3.00pm however, Sixth Form students are encouraged to stay and access the extra-curricular support offered by staff.

2017 was a record year for our Year 13 students; for A Levels our students attained 40% A*-B grade and 60% A*-C grade. Our average BTEC grade is a Distinction. Overall, 11 of our 18 Mathematicians attained a A* or A grade.

Of particular note, Roail Ahmed attached A* A* AA, Dneep Daler attained AAA, Permit Kapoor attained A* A* AA and Aaron Sandhu attained A*A*A. Our congratulations to them and all our students, 86 or whom progresses to University, or secured a higher apprenticeships or gained employment.