Many students start to think about their life after high school as early as Year 10. Students from Year 10 are invited to our Masterclasses at the end of the year, usually at the end of June. If you’re not sure whether your school is attending Masterclasses, ask your Head of Year or give our Admissions Team a ring on 01695 628610.
If you haven’t already, start to think about your options for post-16 further education and training. This could be at a sixth-form college, employer or other training provider. There are so many opportunities open to young people, including A-Level study, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships – if you’re not sure which route to take after high school, contact your careers guidance officer or visit the national careers service website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
If you have any specific questions about A-Level study, or recent A-Level reforms, do explore our prospectus page or give our admissions team a call.
September – November
- Presentation in your school
Most of our feeder schools will have a presentation in the first half term, providing you with all of the key dates and details you need to start your application to Winstanley.
- Open evening
We have 3 open evenings in the winter term:
- Wednesday 3rd October
- Thursday 1st November
- Thursday 22nd November
For some students, this will be the first time they visit the college – so make sure you come along and take the opportunity to find out more about college life, our courses and what it’s like to be a student.
The easiest way to apply to Winstanley is directly through our website. Some of our local partner schools use the UCAS progress website instead, we don’t mind which you use, but there is no need to do both. The final deadline for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019.
November – February
- Course Discussion
Once you’ve made your application, you’ll be given a date for your course discussion. This is another opportunity to come to college and meet with our specialist team to discuss your post-16 options. You’ll be able to find out which combinations of courses might work best for you, and receive guidance on how to move on to the next stage of your career – whether it be university, further education, employment or apprenticeships. You must attend a course discussion before an offer of a place is made, if the date you’ve been given for your course discussion doesn’t quite work for you – don’t hesitate to give our Admissions Team a call on 01695 628610 to reschedule.
APPLICATION DEADLINE 28th FEBRUARY 2019
February – July
- Applicant Evening
At many of our partner schools, we may run an applicants’ evening for students and their parents. Here, transition and pastoral leaders and former students from Winstanley will come to talk to you in your school. You’ll be able to find out more about how to prepare for making the transition from GCSE to further study, transport information and what to expect once you start in September. You can view detailed transport options, including private and public bus options on our transport page.
- Taster Day
Every student who has applied to college will be invited to join us for a Taster Day in July once they have taken their GCSE examinations. Here you will be able to try out a sample lesson in your chosen subjects. You’ll be able to mix with other students from different schools, talk to teachers and start to prepare for September. Your teachers may give you reading or research tasks to carry out over the summer break to ensure you can make the best start to life at Winstanley.
2019 Year 11 Taster Days are Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July.
Usually on GCSE results day, your enrolment is a celebration of your achievements and a welcome to the next chapter of your academic career. Come and join us in college for your appointment where we’ll be excited to talk to you about how you’ve done in your exams, and what the future might hold for you at Winstanley. You’ll be able to finalise your place, confirm your subject choices and get everything you need to become a student here.