POST?16 study in a school sixth form is an increasingly popular choice for many students. The academic drive, high levels of attainment and personalised support are the main reasons why young people opt for Egglescliffe Sixth form. Each year a large number of students from 11-16 schools in Stockton join Egglescliffe's own year 11 students, giving the sixth form diversity and breadth. It aims to give a high quality experience for everyone and places a high premium on the friendly, purposeful atmosphere. In recent years both Egglescliffe School and the sixth form have gone from strength to strength. The Ofsted inspection in May 2013 praised the work of the sixth form in all its dimensions and rated it as "Outstanding". The inspectors said that sixth form "provides an exceptional educational experience for students linking high academic achievement with the opportunity of participating in a superb range of extra curricular activities". Students benefit from the designation as a Specialist School for Performing Arts because this provides a huge range of opportunities in music, media, drama and dance. The second specialism in science and mathematics has enabled refurbishment of all science laboratories. Physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and further mathematics are very popular and successful options. The sixth form is proud of its examination results which are consistently well above local and national averages. In 2013 58% of A2 students achieved A*/A/B grades which were some of the very best results at this level in the whole of the Teesside area. Smaller classes and individual guidance combined with an enjoyable, challenging atmosphere is a winning formula. The sixth form offers 28 A-level courses, together with huge enrichment programme. The successful sixth form sports programme includes the U18 hockey teams who have reached national finals. Sixth form students play a major role in all the musical ensembles, including the orchestra, brass band, soul band, chamber choir and jazz band. Egglescliffe's A-level economics students will visit the New York stock exchange , physics students will travel to Switzerland to see the particle accelerator at Cern and foreign language students will go to Paris . The sixth form facilities are recently refurbished and the resources are generous. There is a separate sixth form block with a social area, careers library, study rooms and computer suite. The library and resources centre has networked PCs, including a sixth form resource area with key texts for all subjects. A sixth form art studio has photographic facilities and resources for graphics and 3D work. The studio theatre has the latest lighting and sound equipment. The sixth form is more than a learning environment: it is a place where students are encouraged to realise their full potential. The examination results prove that students thrive in this environment and nearly all go on to succeed at degree level. Year 13 students have already received offers from both Oxford and Cambridge universities for entry in October 2014 . Find out more about the "Outstanding" sixth form at the presentation evening on January 23 . There will be a brief presentation at 7pm followed by an opportunity to talk to subject specialists and discuss course choices for September 2014 . Year 11 students from 11-16 schools and parents are all welcome. Call 01642 352570 for a prospec-tus or check out the website: www.egglescliffe.org.uk
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