Sixth Form Education

Across Swale Academies Trust Sixth forms we take great pride in student futures, achievements and are constantly striving to ensure they benefit from outstanding teaching, personalised mentoring and highly supportive pastoral structures. We are guided by the simple notion of guaranteeing academic excellence through both vocational and academic courses of study.

Choosing what and where to study for sixth form education is a huge decision. Making the right choice about sixth form education is imperative. Our varied sixth form provision offers Level 3 A level and BTEC courses in over 30 different specialist subjects. Our academic offer, ethos and approach to learning provide our students with highly challenging and demanding programmes of study. We want all of our students to be able to make the most of their potential. Throughout our numerous sites, we offer a broadly based educational experience, with our aim to give students the skills, opportunities and qualifications needed to progress and develop a successful future.

Higher education is critical to developing the specialised skills and learning the inner workings of chosen subjects. Continual support from dedicated and enthusiastic staff equips all our students for their futures in Higher Education or employment. They leave Swale Academies Trust Sixth forms with not only good qualifications but as confident, independent young adults.

Key features across our Sixth Form provision include:

  • Highly experienced sixth form teachers who strive for every students’ success
  • Clear aspirational programme of study for every student
  • Close monitoring and tracking of individual student progress
  • Focused HE programme to prepare individuals for university
  • Opportunities for student leadership
  • Focus on both academic and vocational pathways
  • On-going targeted intervention and support
  • Personalised mentoring to support individuals in their next step
  • Vocational opportunities and work-based learning to provide valid and relevant work experience
  • Regular communication and reporting sent home


Swale Sixth Form

In September 2015, we opened Swale Sixth Form - this combines three excellent sixth form providers within Swale. Students have the benefit of using top quality facilities at Westlands School, Sittingbourne Community College and the newly established Swale Skills Centre.

At Swale Sixth Form we have developed an innovative and fresh approach to sixth form studies, offering a modern and dynamic experience for our students. With a clear commitment to the personal development and well-being of each individual, we support students in selecting a programme which suits their specific strengths, interests and abilities, and provides clear routes of progression for their future.

We offer a unique approach in that we build our curriculum around our students. We provide a full range of both vocational and academic courses, including traditional A levels, Level 3 BTECs and specialist occupational qualifications. We have the highest expectations for our students, and place the utmost importance on supporting them to meet their full potential.

We also believe in the development of independent learning and transferrable skills and, as a consequence, offer a varied enrichment programme including work experience opportunities, mentoring and support for younger students, and the chance to organise and oversee fundraising events to name a few.


Swale Sixth Form Meopham School

Compromises of Westlands School and Sittingbourne Community College and Swale Skills Centre.

A joint sixth form which has developed an innovative approach to sixth form studies offering a modern and dynamic experience for students. 

Swale Skills Centre is a vocational hub designed to deliver training in Catering and Hair and Beauty within a purpose built site in the heart of Sittingbourne. The centre offers unparalleled training to the workforce of tomorrow.

A small sixth form which aims to develop the skills and attributes that students need to succeed in further study and employment. 

"Leaders and teachers support sixth-form students well. Students have chosen courses that are appropriate for their future career aims. Leaders provide helpful advice and guidance so students are confident about post-18 choices, including higher education degree courses."

 Ofsted report, February 2018


  • c300 Students on roll
  • Ages 16-18
  • Outstanding Ofsted (Westlands School) October 2012
  • Good Ofsted (Sittingbourne Community College) December 2017


  • c50 Students on roll 
  • Ages 16-18
  • Good Ofsted, February 2018


“Students speak very highly about their experience in the sixth form and they make good progress.”

Meopham School, Ofsted report February 2018

“The sixth form is led effectively and meets the needs of students well. It is run jointly with another secondary school in the trust so that students can benefit from accessing a wider range of level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. Students are well supported by the strong and competent team of sixth-form leaders, tutors and teachers. As a consequence, retention rates are good.”

Sittingbourne Community College, Ofsted report December 2017

“The sixth form is good and rapidly improving. Results are above average this year and it is growing in numbers and courses offered.”

Westlands School, Ofsted report October 2012



Partner Schools - Sixth Form Provision

Our Sixth Form Leadership Team are currently providing support to our partner school sixth forms. It is our aim to provide on-going guidance and specialised expertise to ensure successful sixth form provision and sustainability.

"Students in the sixth form achieve highly in both academic and vocational pathways. Leaders have ensured that the great majority complete their courses. Those who need to improve their English and mathematics are very successful in doing so.”

The North School, Ofsted report, October 2017