Our use of technology

Students are issued with their own laptop device to use during their time in 6th Form. Students have full access to our online platform of study resources, including tailor-made class sites for each teaching group. This gives our students a fantastic opportunity to be flexible in their studies, in and out of lessons.

Specialist technology is a feature in many of our subjects. For example, industry-recognised CAD/CAM software is used in Product Design to operate our 3D printers. Computer Science and Maths use the latest software packages to provide an experience of undergraduate standard to students.

Our fantastic range of extra-curricular clubs and activities

We aim to ensure our students can access a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities to enrich their experience whilst in our 6th Form. The list below shows a selection of the favourites!

  • Young Enterprise
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Theatre School (acting, drama, music, backstage support roles)
  • Recreational sport
  • Voluntary Programme
  • E-Tech employment (hardware and software development, App design)Green Power Racing Car Project
  • Scratch coding club (computer science)
  • Chess club
  • Wellness Club

Financial support

We believe that students excel when they are immersed in the 6th Form Experience. Part of this includes financially supporting the rich array of trips and events that our staff organise. Recent events that we have supported include:

  • Art – Paris cultural trip, visits to Art Galleries
  • Science subjects – outreach events at local universities, subject specific lectures and seminars
  • Geography – field trips to North Yorkshire, Bristol, Dorset, London, Devon
  • Drama – backstage workshops at Birmingham hippodrome
  • Dance – workshop at Pineapple Studio
  • Product Design – Paris cultural trip
  • Travel and Tourism – cruise, workshops at British Airways
  • Maths – Maths Saturday morning masterclasses
  • English – Theatre tickets

Our values and expectations

Shireland Collegiate Academy has a strong set of values and expectations, which are upheld in our 6th Form and valued by our parents and families. We recognize that our students are preparing for the world of Higher Education or employment, and with that in mind, we have a number of privileges for our students. Our students are no longer expected to wear a school uniform. In order to prepare them for the world of work we have a business attire dress code. The students respond well to this privilege and understand how they are role models to the rest of the school.


Lunchtime pass

Students are given the privilege of attaining a lunchtime pass, subject to excellent attendance and academic progress. Students highly value this opportunity to leave the site at lunchtime.

Student leadership team

We have a pro-active, hard-working student leadership team who meet the Head of Sixth Form every week to discuss the running and development of the Sixth Form experience. We also have an active student rep team, who regularly attain the views of the whole student body and feed this into the student leadership team meetings.

Careers Resource Centre

Students have access to our designated careers resource centre, located on the first floor of the Sixth Form Block. Students can use a wide range of resources within the space, as well as book a one-to-one meeting with our Careers Adviser to discuss any aspect of their career ambitions.

Dedicated study base

Students access a range of study rooms, within the Sixth Form block. There are rooms for silent study, as well as the collaborative zone, where students can work with peers.