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A Welcome from our Principal

It is with immense pride that I welcome you to Thomas Whitham Sixth Form.

The decision as to where you will continue your education is an important one and here at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form we understand what a difficult decision this can be. The next two years of your life are pivotal not only in terms of your education but also in your personal development and we aim to support you through those two years with our “outstanding” pastoral support and a tailored education programme delivered by “highly trained professionals who demonstrate a great subject expertise and a passion for teaching.”(Ofsted 2016).

We pride ourselves on how well we know our students and the personal support that we give them during their time with us. Being a student here you will have the chance of a new start in an environment where you receive high standards of pastoral support, similar to the systems that are familiar to you from school, but in an environment where you will have the freedoms of a college and be treated as a young adult. Our strong ethos of inclusion and sense of community will allow you the space and opportunity to develop as an individual. As Ofsted noted “staff know their students well and learners feel that there are many people they can go to for help”. Our “wrap around” support and guidance allow you the confidence to be yourself.

Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is a community focused school. Situated on the very successful Burnley Campus in Reedley, we serve the young people of Burnley and Pendle and have consistently provided a high calibre education since our opening in 2008. Our 2019 results show that we perform in line with all major providers in the area and with notable successes in particular subjects. On average over the last 3 years our results have been in the top 15% of all Sixth Forms in the country according to the national ALPs value added measure and in 2019 our results were better than ever with an overall pass rate of 97% with a high grade profile of 63% A*-C and 100% Btec Pass Rate.

We believe that further education is more than just academic results. It is about the whole person and providing you with the right information for you to make informed choices about your future. Our Pathways system is designed with an ever changing labour market in mind, providing you with continuous and up to date guidance in your chosen area of future study or career.

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I look forward to welcoming you as a student to our community,

Dionne Swift
Principal

“Leadership is very strong… conveying an ambitious vision for the school, engendering high aspirations for what learners can achieve now and in the future.”

Ofsted 2016

Our Tommy

Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is named after Local Hero Thomas Whitham VC.  On 25 January 1915, Whitham enlisted in the British Army. He was 29 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 31 July 1917 at Pilckem near Ypres, Belgium, during an attack an enemy machine-gun was seen to be enfilading the battalion on the right. Private Whitham on his own initiative immediately worked his way from shell-hole to shell-hole through our own barrage, reached the machine-gun and, although under very heavy fire captured it, together with an officer and two other ranks. This bold action was of great assistance to the battalion and undoubtedly saved many lives.[1]

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