Gildredge House Free School
Teaching and Learning
Learning in the Sixth Form is based on small groups working together with the best teachers available. Lessons are of the highest calibre and the collaboration and relationships between teacher and student are exemplary. Our smaller class sizes allow students to benefit from working with teachers who know how you like to learn best and who will share pride in your achievements. Smaller than average class sizes means that teachers can give individual attention to each of the students and take care of their particular needs.
Successful education is also based on relationships. We pride ourselves on a dedicated and caring team of Sixth Form staff who will provide the best pastoral care available. You will find our expectations of you are of the highest standard and we will do whatever is necessary to support you in meeting your potential.
Students are grouped and assigned a tutor, who provides support with both personal and academic matters. Tutors play an important role in supporting University and job applications as well as monitoring progress and providing a virtual link to parents.
We believe that developing students’ confidence, self belief and resilience during their time at Sixth Form is critical in ensuring academic achievement. Gildredge House works hard to ensure that we provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students feel they are looked after, but also where they are encouraged to learn from challenging circumstances or setbacks. Through our compulsory weekly Community lessons, we provide opportunities for students to debate and explore topics around Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. These sessions are designed to not only support and develop employability skills, but also give students the opportunity to prepare for life after Sixth Form.
All Sixth Form students are encouraged to participate in The Gildredge Giveback. The programme aims to develop students’ ability to lead, to work as part of a team and to play a key role in the life of the school community and have an impact on the town of Eastbourne and the surrounding area. Students’ personal skills and qualities will be advanced by a number of leadership roles across a variety of different Year Groups, subjects and extra curricular activities inside and outside of school.
Preparing for Success - Careers Support
The school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students.
We are passionate about the quality of careers support our Sixth Form students receive. You will have access to our on-site Careers and Employability Co-ordinator, who offers university, careers and apprenticeship related support.
The school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students. Whether you aspire to be a doctor, have dreams of going to Oxford or Cambridge University, or would like to explore apprenticeships in hospitality, Gildredge House will offer you the opportunity to fulfil your career aspirations. We believe that if you want it, and can do it, we will get you where you need to be.
You will have opportunities to have one-to-one careers interviews, support with your UCAS applications and interviews and the chance to go out on work experience to enhance your academic profile. We aim to introduce you to enthusiastic employers who are ready to give you the best advice before entering the world of work, or help you to make those all-important career choices. Here at Gildredge House, you can aim high and go far with your career choices.
'Personal development and careers programmes are a strength of the school. These programmes have a positive effect on students’ well-being and future employability. Students benefit from individual guidance to support their next steps, which are mainly further study at universities. Students are also well informed about health-related topics and appreciate the provision to support their mental health.' (Ofsted 2018)
Preparation for university and employment is an integral and key part of our Sixth Form programme. We give all our students the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience and gain a deeper knowledge of the subjects and careers they are considering. Employability and work-readiness is becoming increasingly important to both universities and employers. By gaining work experience in relevant sectors, our students are able to acquire a valuable insight into their chosen field.
Opportunities beyond the classroom are also crucial. By being part of a smaller Sixth Form your access to our Enrichment and Co-Curricular opportunities increases. Opportunities outside the classroom include:
- Work Experience
- Enterprise Competitions
- Preparing for mock trials
- University visits
- Organising charity events
- Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
- Supporting in Primary lessons
- Recreational and Competitive sport sessions
- PSHE sessions
- Careers events
'Non-qualification activities are wide and varied and include, for example, relevant work experience, Duke of Edinburgh awards and extra reading around their subjects. Most sixth-form students develop leadership skills though supporting younger pupils, for example by providing sports coaching or acting as mentors. Students appreciate the diverse range of opportunities they can access.' (Ofsted 2018)
What makes us different?
Gildredge House was found to be among the best performing non-selective Sixth Forms in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 10% nationally for student attainment at Key Stage 5 in academic subjects.
Gildredge House has been recognised nationally by receiving a prestigious award for their outstanding Key Stage 5 results last year. The award is based on 2019 data provided by the Department for Education and Ofsted, and for the school’s commitment to collaboration, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network. The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools in a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “Congratulations to Gildredge House on winning an SSAT Educational Outcomes award. This success is down to the superb learning and teaching, outstanding support and inspirational leadership of students, staff, parents and governors. You have made a huge difference to the lives of the young people in your school. Thank you.”
We also celebrated an excellent set of A Level results in the summer of 2018.
- 99% (95% in 2017) of students passed with grades A*-E
- 28% (21% in 2017) attaining the coveted A*-A grades.
Again, both of these figures are above the National Averages in England.
Gildredge House is an all-through school for students aged 4–19. We are in the unique position of significant expansion in our Sixth Form offer.
We have very high ambitions for our students and we aim to provide an outstanding educational experience. We believe that education is about social and emotional development that leads to a high level of academic success. Employers and universities tell us that they want students with a full set of qualifications in addition to a set of well developed skills in teamwork, resilience, good time-keeping, leadership and emotional intelligence; all these are at the heart of our Sixth Form offer at Gildredge House.
We offer a range of A Level courses as well as BTECs that will prepare students for a wide variety of destinations, from Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities, to apprenticeships and local employment.
'Teachers’ strong subject knowledge fosters an eagerness to learn across the school. Pupils show highly positive attitudes.' 'Teachers’ strong subject expertise helps to interest students and promote high levels of engagement.' (Ofsted 2018)
The school has accommodation and facilities ideally equipped for Sixth Form teaching and, most importantly, our recent recruitment programme has brought us yet more teachers who are qualified to teach to A Level to strengthen our already excellent team.
Our Sixth Form students have the benefit of a stand-alone wing, which we have renamed Temple Grove after the Preparatory School which occupied the site 100 years ago. The 1870s building with its striking Victorian frontage and many original features is perfect for Sixth Form accommodation.
Our Sixth Form facilities are enhanced by a fast and accessible computer network, WiFi throughout the building and various hardware including a dedicated Computer Suite.
Our Sixth Form students also take advantage of the subject-specific facilities throughout the rest of the site.
Learning in the Sixth Form is based on small groups working together with the best teachers available. Lessons are of the highest calibre and the collaboration and relationships between teacher and student are exemplary. Our smaller class sizes allow students to benefit from working with teachers who know how you like to learn best and who will share pride in your achievements.
Sixth Form students also have access to kitchen and common room facilities, as well as dedicated study spaces.