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Samuel Whitbread Academy

High Attainers

We are very proud of our high attainers at SWA.  We offer many opportunities for our high attainers to be challenged within subjects and through many extracurricular activities.  Outside speakers, visits, residential and work experience opportunities are also used to expand their horizons.

We recognise that excellence is not just based on academic achievement but also performance in the Arts and Sporting. Students at SWA who show dedication, determination and drive are supported through the high attainers programme to help them achieve and succeed.

During the sixth form we offer focussed support for those considering applications to Oxbridge, Russell group universities, Medicine and Veterinary courses.  Students are identified at the start of sixth form and this list is reviewed during their time with us.  We check that their choice of subjects fit with the University and course requirements, for example considering choosing at least two facilitating subjects.  There is also support available for those applying to higher apprenticeships.  Sixth form staff, form tutors and the high attainer’s coordinator will also help to facilitate work experience places, volunteering opportunities, and other altruistic acts which are helpful to secure university offers.


We have an extensive SWA Alumni network made up from former students who can assist in providing more recent experiences and advice about university and apprenticeship applications.  The application process is well supported including extensive checking of personal and tutor references and providing practice interviews with experienced professionals.


Prof L Hubbard (Head of Academia SWA & Lead for HA students Best Trust)