Sixth Form at Ffynone House School
A Level choices and no Welsh Baccalaureate
The step from GCSE to A Level is demanding and frequently underestimated. We support our Sixth Form students as they work hard and rise to that challenge. Ffynone House offers the opportunity to develop as an individual: to gain greater independence, privileges and responsibilities.
The Ffynone House ethos
Our values of respect, integrity, achievement and involvement are fundamental to the school ethos. Our specialist, supportive teachers are dedicated to helping every student fulfil their potential in academic life and beyond. We’re the prime choice for our own Year 11 students, and new students often say they feel as if they’ve been here all along. We have a reputation for successfully supporting pupils moving to Swansea from elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
A choice for the future
Ffynone House students gain outstanding results, and the majority are offered their first choice Russell group university places. We provide strong support with UCAS applications and interview practice with the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Ffynone House students go on to enjoy success in all walks of life. Former students return to talk about university and their working lives, and we help students organise their university visits. Ffynone House students consistently perform well with many going on to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, mathematics, and engineering.
“Pupils’ performance at A level over the last three years is strong. During this time, the majority of A level entries were at grades A*-B, and more than 80% of all entries were at grades A*-C. At the end of Year 13, nearly all pupils progress to higher education.”– Estyn Inspection November 2019.
Sixth Form life
A truly supportive environment
Our Sixth Form students enjoy strong pastoral support with personal tutor time twice a week and access to teaching staff at all times. Dedicated Sixth Form study rooms provide a place to focus, and students take advantage of the school’s gym facilities. Ffynone House is a community: senior students are role models and mentors for younger pupils, and we challenge them to take on leadership opportunities within school life.
We are proud to see our students develop academically, and in many other ways too: in leadership, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and outdoor pursuits, volunteering and fundraising, performing arts, sport and work experience. Many are inspired at external events such as the Dicey Conference at Trinity College, Oxford and the Rosalind Franklin Conference at Newnham College, Cambridge. Sixth Form students take pride in their appearance, and the Sixth Form wear smart business attire. We believe this promotes confidence and a positive attitude.
So what’s it like?
At Ffynone House, there’s support whenever you need it for academic work, but we want you to pursue the other things you are passionate about, too. From sporting interests to music, performing and public speaking, entrepreneurship or something entirely different, we’ll help you make it happen. When it’s time for a change of scene, there’s plenty to do with friends in nearby Swansea Bay and The Mumbles. As a Sixth Form student, you also have access to dedicated study rooms when you need to focus, and the school gym facilities.
An independent curriculum
Our students take A Levels, rather than the Welsh Baccalaureate. We believe it best serves our students to achieve qualifications that are immediately recognised by British and international universities. We’re keen to support students in pursuing their interests, passions and talents, and this is reflected in our broad range of subject choices.
- Art and design
- Business studies
- English literature
- Mathematics & Further Maths
We strive to accommodate individual requirements, including alternative subjects where there is a group interest.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
We also offer students with good GCSE grades the opportunity to take on an Extended Project Qualification on their chosen subject. This respected qualification achieves the same number of UCAS points as an AS Level. It is internally marked and externally moderated. It provides an opportunity to explore a topic in greater depth, and develop essential university skills, supported with guided learning and research skills tuition.
Sixth Form entry requirements
Entry is based on GCSE results and an interview with the Headteacher. Academic scholarships are available for entry into the Sixth Form. The minimum expectation is seven Level 7s at GCSE (Grade A or above). Please enquire further for details.
The school is a charitable trust and does not have shareholders, so all benefits are for students. As such, fees are significantly lower than other independent schools in Wales. Parents find our high standard of teaching, personal support and individual attention enable pupils to achieve their best without the additional cost of private tuition fees.
Fees per term
Sixth Form: £4,070
Optional Sixth Form extras per term
Instrument tuition: £160 (£16 per 30 min lesson)
Ffynone House School is proud of its thriving diverse community. At the heart of the school’s ethos is an inclusive and accessible education experience. To support this, trustees will on occasion award a fully funded, life-changing Accessibility Scholarship, with each application being considered on its individual merits.