1. We are a small college
smaller than your school, definitely smaller than Ashmole, East Barnet, Mill
Hill County, Fortismere, APS and Highgate Wood. It’s just that our students are
mostly the same age. You won’t be ‘cast adrift’ in a sea of students and
overstretched staff, you’ll be part of a bustling vibrant, connected community
- where nobody slips through the cracks, and everyone is monitored, cared for
and guided through their A levels.
2. Our average class size is 20
20! And in many subjects, classes are even smaller. Our largest ever is 24.
Smaller, on average, than many other sixth forms. Plenty of individual
attention, plenty of space to have your say and contribute to class discussions
and activities. Plenty of chances to get to know you classmates and teachers.
Plenty of help and support when you need it.
3. We are specialists
are a specialist A level sixth form college. Not an FE college – we don’t teach
BTEC, or vocational qualifications, not a school – we don’t teach years 7 to 11
kids. Just A levels. Our teachers are specialists – teaching just one
subject, on just one syllabus. You won’t find more dedicated, subject specific
A level teaching anywhere. Many of our teachers have second degrees in their
subjects and quite a few have PhDs – and they really know how to get the best
out of A level students. It’s all they do!
4. We are like a school... But better
a school in that we have the same strong pastoral framework as a school, with
registrations, notes from parents if ill, form groups, tutors monitoring
progress, reports and parent’s evenings. But better in that we only deal with
the related concerns of A level students, and everything here is age group
specific. No distractions like teachers coming from an unruly year 10 class,
hoping to relax with an easy sixth form group. We have similar rules to school,
but we treat you like grown-ups - and you behave in a grown-up way.
don’t have to be an independent learner
Our students don’t all start out as independent learners, but we aim to
equip them with the necessary skills and experiences so that by the time they
leave us, they are ready and able to succeed at university. We’ll help you grow
and mature by encouraging you to push yourself, to try new things – to step up
your game, be aspirational and forward thinking. We’ll teach you how to be
are a bridge to University
95% of our students progress to university after leaving Woodhouse. We
are experts in advice and support for university applications and have staff
dedicated to helping you with UCAS and personal statements. Our careers
department will help you with choices and we regularly have visiting
universities on site, giving out degree specific information and lecturing in
subject areas. We have our own business, law, medicine, architecture and other
academies to support your applications with insider knowledge, and we help
dozens of our students apply to Oxbridge every year.
can do ANY subject in ANY combination!
In most schools, your options are limited by the timetable. Two subjects
might be taught at the same time, and so you can’t do both. But at Woodhouse,
there are no clashes! We’ll make your subject choices fit into a timetable that
is tailor made for you.
get more teaching here
get more hours teaching per subject than many other schools and colleges. We
are increasing our contact time to five hours per subject per week, with extra
subject tutorials and one-to-one sessions on top of that. We also have an
extensive peer mentoring program which hundreds of our students take part in.
are just as good as we’ve always been
course, grade averages fluctuate at all schools and colleges, but Woodhouse has
ranked in the top 5 sixth form colleges in England consistently, year on year,
for over 20 years. In fact, this year our success rates have gone up again and
our progression rates to top universities are the highest they have ever been.
10. We care
Sounds obvious but it’s worth reminding you. We
pride our self on our ability to support you, whatever your needs. We have an
extensive student support network with a vast amount of experience in dealing
with the stresses and problems of young adults. If you have any problems at
all, be they academic, personal or emotional, we have someone you can go to who
can steer you in the right direction, help you overcome any obstacles and