Whickham School is proud to be at the heart of the community and our large sixth form plays a full and active part in helping achieve this.


Charity Week

The Annual Sixth Form Charity week is both long established and one of the highlights of Year 12. Our students continue to amaze with their enthusiasm and ingenuity in raising money for deserving charities. Each year the charity is chosen by the students themselves.  Find out more on our Charity Week page.


Duke of Edinburgh

Every year a large number of Sixth Form students complete the Duke of Edinburgh award either at Bronze or Gold level. The award is run by Mr Golightly in school and all the training and expiditions are organised through school.


Performing Arts

The School Band has a strong Sixth Form presence.  Sixth Formers play key roles in the Annual School Musical and other productions throughout the year – from actors and actresses to dancers, musicians and back stage crew.


Sporting Activities

All students can take part in a range of activities such as Zumba, football, climbing, fitness on a Wednesday afternoon, or they can complete a Level 2 Sports Leaders Award. The Sports Leadership Presentation evening is organised and run by the Level 2 Leaders and the Sports Ambassadors. It celebrates the amazing community work our students have carried out over the year.

All students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to obtain a qualification in sports leadership. If taken through, and completed in year 13, the qualification also carries points for UCAS applications.


World Challenge

Every second year we take students on a World Challenge expedition. The students raise funds for the trip over 2 years.In 2023 students took up the challenge and completed a 3 week expedition in Borneo. World Challenge is designed to develop students’ Leadership qualities and independence. They trek for a week and complete a community project.  Previous visits have been to Namibia, Bolivia, Ledakh/India and Mexico.  The next World Challenge group will set off for Malaysia in 2025  to support local communities there.  You can read more on the World Challenge page