Sunderland Sixth Form values every student and recognises that specialised support is required for gifted and talented students to reach their maximum potential.

Our High Achievers’ Programme has been tailored to meet the needs of our students and focuses on developing skills and talents in the classroom as well as through specialised workshops and visits.

Our High Achievers’ programme is offered to those with predominantly A*-B grades or grades 7 to 9, although students who are progressing well may opt into the programme at a later time.

Some benefits of the programme are:

  • Choosing four A-Level subjects
  • Talks, workshops, shadowing and summer schools
  • Dedicated Personal Development support
  • Preparation for university entrance
  • Focused interviews with specialised staff
  • Thinking skills sessions
  • Extended Project qualification, attracting extra UCAS points
  • Cultural visits
  • Help with visiting universities


View our High Achievers’ Programme

Alternatively, download the programme in PDF format here.


Dedicated Personal Development Support

Our High Achievers will be part of a dedicated personal development system, in which, specialised staff will coordinate activities hand-picked to best support students’ academic and cultural development, complementing their programme of study and future aspirations. This will include focused progress interviews with the tutor in which bespoke action plans will be agreed, monitored and adapted to individual needs. Personal development programme for High Achievers includes:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • UKCAT/LNAT registration and preparation
  • Community of enquiry
  • University research
  • Debate group
  • Citizenship
  • Current affairs
  • Interview preparation
  • Organising work placements

Extended Project Qualification

High Achievers will be offered the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification, which will enhance research and presentation skills and achieve additional qualification to support UCAS applications. The qualification is equivalent to half an A-Level, carrying the same number of UCAS points as an AS-Level, with the potential for an A* grade. The project offers the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work in a chosen area of study or personal interest, developing skills in enhanced research, project management, independent learning, analysis and critical thinking – all essential and highly sought after skills in higher education.

The qualification has been welcomed by universities and completion will be beneficial to candidates in terms of university selection procedures.

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