Oakwood Park Grammar School: an ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form OFSTED 2019
As student leaders of the school, Sixth Formers act as mentors and role models to pupils in lower years. As young adults, they are aiming high. OFSTED rated OPGS Sixth Form as ‘Outstanding’ in our 2019 inspection. They noticed that our ‘students are very well-prepared for the next steps in their lives and education; and that they are ‘inspired by ‘teachers who are passionate about their subjects’. As a result, OPGS Sixth Formers will go on to take up places in top universities and blue-chip companies.
The curriculum is varied and offers opportunities for challenge beyond the classroom. We seek to develop our students’ particular talents and interests through options like the Extended Project Qualification which allows them to write novels, sculpt, record music or experiment in the labs. Future medics attend exclusive workshops at The Royal Brompton and Canterbury hospitals. Business leaders of the future are involved in work experience in city firms and are regular beneficiaries of mentors from banking and investment. Future lawyers and politicians find a place in our nationally successful public speaking and debating teams, current holders of both the Queens’ College Cambridge and the Winston Churchill shields. Aspiring engineers benefit from our connection with firms such as Kier, annual sponsors of our Future Cities project. Many of these connections come from ex-students who return to OPGS to speak at our annual Careers Networking event. They return because they have been well cared for by our Sixth Form Team.
OFSTED found that ‘Students have high praise for the ongoing support they receive from their teachers, for their emotional well-being.’ Our Sixth Formers are a pleasure to spend time with and, as a result, staff offer regular residential trips such as to Cern, Washington and Zaragoza. In recent years OPGS Sixth Formers have volunteered in Ghana, Peru, Chile and India.
Students who have been with us since Year 7 are joined by students from other schools in the Sixth Form. During their time in OPGS Sixth Form they support the school, make new friends and leave knowing they have fully developed their abilities and talents.