My relationship with Wirral Boys is deep-rooted and lies at the core of my professional experience. Having taught here for some considerable time, I left Wirral to experience new opportunities in a different educational setting. I was fortunate to be appointed to Head of Sixth with effect from September 2021; returning to the school that has played such a major part of my career continues to challenge and inspire me in equal measure.
I am keen to consolidate the values of WGSB into the essence of our sixth form; our most successful sixth formers represent the ultimate well-rounded young citizen, ready to take his place in the adult world. Our sixth formers represent some of our greatest achievements, and we are continually impressed by their commitment to study alongside their contributions to the wider life of the school. We consider ourselves a progressive sixth form and embrace innovation and diversity; all students should feel that they have a voice and are valued in their own right; we welcome the views and ideas of our students.
Wirral Grammar Sixth Form provides a vibrant, challenging and secure place to study, by this we mean we provide the ideal climate for high academic success: we place high expectations on our students but help to facilitate this by offering specialist teaching and close supervision and support. Whether students intend to go onto a selective university or a high-level apprenticeship, they will find a wide range of academic A Levels and appropriate advice to facilitate their preferred route. In the last few years our school has become the ‘first choice’ for students who recognise the true value of an exciting and challenging Sixth Form education alongside a diverse range of extra-curricular and student leadership opportunities. We also actively welcome applications from external applicants who wish to join us for their sixth form experience; the same eligibility criteria will apply for all applicants.
Despite the additional challenges presented by providing education during a pandemic, we have enjoyed some exciting changes and developments over the last year or so. We have been fortunate to receive funding to allow us to refurbish our sixth form facilities to create modern working and sociable areas. We have also developed our curriculum provision to offer Wednesday afternoon enrichment opportunities to our entire sixth form; activities range from competitive sporting opportunities to work experience placements, cookery and bouldering. Furthermore, we are very proud of our new Speakers’ Programme which has further contributed to our personal development programme and helps us to prepare our students well for life beyond our doors.
We value all our students equally and our aim is to support each student one as they work hard to attain academically, thrive within the sixth form environment and most of all to enjoy their final stage in their educational journey at Wirral Boys. Sometimes, this requires additional pastoral support from a range of committed and experienced colleagues, and we are keen to work with parents and carers, alongside external agencies as appropriate.
Please see our Sixth Form Handbook for full details of our expectations and standards; please ensure this sits well with you before deciding whether WGSB6 is the right place for your post-16 education.
Deciding to join our sixth form means that you also appreciate the values of the school community and that you are willing to join the ranks of the many superb role models that have gone before you. I hope you are as excited and committed as I am to making our sixth form one of the very best there is.
Mrs L E Ahern
Assistant Headteacher – Head of Sixth Form