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Mr M. West and Miss L. Straw

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Post 16 education at Quarrydale Academy is an exciting and inspiring time for our students. We work to provide them with the foundations and opportunities to create a personalised pathway that will allow them to successfully access their chosen option of Higher Education, employment or apprenticeships in the next stage of their journey.

Here in Post 16 we offer a wide range of A Level and BTEC Level Three courses that ensure we are able to provide a suitable programme of study for our students. Additionally, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities and events that support both the academic and social development of our students, ensuring they are provided with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their Post 18 choices and are prepared for life beyond Quarrydale. We work in close collaboration with many universities, higher education institutions, employers and apprenticeship providers to enhance the academic and personal skills recognised as the foundations for the successes of our young people in wider society.

In Post 16 at Quarrydale Academy we have high expectations of our students and want all of our students to aspire to fulfil their potential, both academically and socially.  Students are expected to develop and embrace a sense of responsibility for their own learning, developing a more independent study style and maintaining a strong work ethic to ensure the most positive outcomes. Students are also encouraged to be active members of the Post 16 community, accessing the opportunities that are afforded to them to ensure their holistic development and to provide the most rewarding Post 16 experience possible.

In return, students can expect high standards in terms of curriculum delivery and support from teachers and tutors and will be encouraged through each step of their Post 16 career. We pride ourselves on knowing our students well, and as a result, are able to provide advice and guidance that is tailored to their individual needs and aspirations, offering them the best chance of success.

We continue to strive for the very best for our students and endeavour to maintain an inclusive and positive environment in which our students are able to flourish as individuals. We welcome applications from current Quarrydale students and students from other schools, who quickly settle in to Post 16 life at Quarrydale. 

We look forward to you joining our growing and successful Sixth Form.

Mr M. West and Miss L. Straw

Heads of Post 16

Pathways and Destinations

At Quarrydale Academy, we are committed to ensuring our students have the best possible chances of achieving their goals and we take great pride in sharing their successes. Despite the recent challenges, our Year 13 students did exceptionally well, gaining some amazing results and securing places at university and on apprenticeship programmes. There are a wide range of subjects that students have gone on to study and they are spread over a massive 470 miles across the country!

We had a 100% pass rate for students at Level Three in 2020 and we are incredibly proud of them, listed are just a few of the students who were with us last year but there are of course, many more successes too!


James H

Mathematical Physics - University of Nottingham

Abbie S

Notts Police Force - Degree Apprenticeship

Marek C

Computer Science - Nottingham Trent University

Tiha W

English - University of Nottingham

Logan G

Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Bath

Sophie E

French and Russian - University of Manchester

Natalie J

Costume Design for Film & Television Falmouth University

Adam W

Medicine (with a foundation year) -  University of Leicester

Kaitlin R

Primary Education (QTS) -  Nottingham Trent University

Lewis T

Civil Engineering -  University of Derby

At Quarrydale Sixth Form, there are a number of Pathways students may wish to take depending on the subjects they choose to study, the type of student they are and what their Post 18 plans are. We offer a wide range of A Levels, Applied A Levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications, which all carry the same weighting for university courses and apprenticeships but are different in the nature of the course assessment and the methods of teaching.

A Levels are assessed by two or three exam papers at the end of Year 13 covering content from the whole course. Students will be taught

Applied A Levels and BTEC Level 3 courses are assessed by a combination of exam papers, that cover part of the course and can be re taken, and coursework throughout the two year course. These courses have a vocational element which means students need to undertake a work experience placement (one to five days), and will require students to apply their knowledge in scenario based situations.

There are pros and cons to all of these options and every student will have their own circumstances to consider before making a decision about their Post 16 choices. Students are offered support at every stage of the decision making process from the Post 16 and careers team with school.

During their time in Post 16, students will be supported to find the most suitable progression options for them as individuals and will be supported to work towards these by building on personal strengths, skills and aspirations, alongside their academic achievements.

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