Who we are
“There’s no sense of hierarchy between students. They’re friendly and open and so diverse”. Current Year 13 student
Over thirty years ago, a revolution in Sixth Form education was started by LaSWAP in the Parliament Hill area. The joining together into a consortium of four excellent schools in Camden. The aim was to provide a unique, innovative and high quality education to post-16 students and prepare them for their futures be it Higher Education or the world of work.
The original idea remains as powerful and successful as ever: providing the best education with the widest choice and combination of 36+ A levels and a broad range vocational courses, packaged into an outstanding programme of study to suit every student’s needs.
One great plus of the model is the halfway house it offers between school and sixth-form college”. The Good Schools Guide
LaSWAP comprises four closely-located specialist campuses based in La Sainte Union, William Ellis, Acland Burghley and Parliament Hill schools (the initials of each being used to create LaSWAP’s unique name). This means it can provide all of the personal touches of a small sixth form, as well as all of the benefits of a large college campus.
Over 200 highly-experienced Sixth Form teachers offer a centre of excellence that gives great independence and flexibility yet provides a high level of personal support to help every student reach their best.
The Good Schools Guide confirms:
“The communication with home is excellent,” says one parent. “If my son has done something well they email me. Equally, if he’s not doing his homework, they’ll let me know.”
MORE THAN ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
But LaSWAP is more than just academic excellence with its broad and innovative curriculum. There is also a wide enrichment programme that allows students to explore a range of extra curricular opportunities from sports to music.
“The Higher Education advice is brilliant – they help you make sure you make the best decisions based on ‘you’ as an individual”. Former Year 13 student
Comparisons to national statistics show that LaSWAP students applying to university are much more likely to secure a place. Entries to the leading Russell Group universities are also significantly higher than national averages.
“Advice starts in Year 12 to ensure that our students make a reasoned, realistic, sensible, informed and aspirational set of choices for university”. Madeleine Landreth, Higher Education Advisor.
LaSWAP students tell us they feel better prepared for university and life beyond 6th form due to the excellent support and advice they receive.
As well as student services from the dedicated LaSWAP office, each school also has a 6th form student services team of a Director, Heads of Sixth, an administrator and an attendance officer, dedicated careers officers and pathways advisors.