Wilmington Academy Post 16

Common Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7DR

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About us


Applications Open: - 2nd November 2020

Applications Close: - No close dates

Entry Requirements: -

IB Path - 5 A*-C (9-5) including English Language and Maths (Level 2 BTEC minimum Merit)

Vocational Pathway - 5 A*-C (9-4) including English Language and Maths (Level 2 BTEC minimum Merit)

Blended Pathway - 5 A*-C including English Language and Maths (Level 2 BTEC minimum Merit)

The Common Academic Pathway - 5 A*-B (9-6) including English Language and Maths

How to Apply: - Please apply via KentChoices

Open Event: - From 8th Oct Virtual Open Evening will be available on our main school website

Welcome to Wilmington Academy 

At Wilmington Academy Post 16, we pride ourselves on a personalised approach to learning; we ensure that the experience you will have is tailored to meet your needs and aspirations.

We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment and maintain high expectations of all of our students. As an IB World School, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are ready for the world beyond academia.

What makes us different?

At Wilmington Academy Post 16 we offer:

• A wide range of academic and vocational courses, including the internationally recognised and prestigious International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP); 

• Wrap-around pastoral and curriculum support, including dedicated mentoring; 

• Extensive opportunities to work closely with universities, apprenticeship providers, and local and national employers; 

• Enrichment activities that will develop your skills for higher education, employment, and beyond; 

• Independent, impartial careers advice and guidance to help you achieve your aspirations. 

The Post 16 team look forward to helping you to build upon your successes and achieve your dreams.

Student support

Your Pathway

Vocational Courses:

Art, Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Creative Media, Engineering, Financial  Studies, Food and Nutrition, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism, Sport, Esports, Social & Cultural Anthropology. 

IB Diploma Courses:

Biology, Business Management, Design Technology, English Language  and Literature, Film Studies, Global Politics, History, Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations, Psychology, Environmental Systems, Geography and languages (Spanish) . 

International Baccalaureate  Career-related Programme: 

A choice of one vocational subject (linked to your career aspirations), two  IB Diploma Courses and the IB Career-related Core Programme (language development, personal and professional skills, service learning, and a reflective project). 

The Vocational Pathway:

A choice of three vocational subjects (BTECs or Applied Generals).

The Blended Pathway:

A choice of two vocational subjects (BTECs or Applied Generals) and one IB  Diploma Course. 

The Common Academic Pathway:

Pure IB courses all the way - your choice of three IB Diploma Courses.

Additional information

When making your application, it is important that you research your options carefully - discuss the subjects that you are interested in with teachers and your family. Find out which type of course would be the most suitable for you: the more examination-based subjects or the subjects which offer an equal balance between examination and coursework. 

We encourage applicants to submit an application form to us by December 2020, however do accept applications throughout the academic year. 

For admission enquiries telephone 01322 272 111 ext. 158 or email lesley.elson@wilmingtonacademy.org.uk. 

As part of our application process, all applicants will be invited to attend an interview where a member of the Post 16 team we will discuss your strengths and help you to make the right choices.  Final interviews with members of our team will take place following receipt of your GCSE results on Thursday 19th August 2021.

12 months on for Charlie

Having left Wilmington Academy last year, we recently spoke with former student Charlie Bishop as part of our 12 months on initiative.

Charlie’s update is as follows: 

“I am now completing a degree apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying with a Construction Company called United Living Limited. This includes attending Greenwich University once a week to obtain my degree and RICS accreditation after completing the 5 years.

In terms of work generally, I’m currently on two refurbishment projects, University of Essex Student Accommodation Refurbishment and the refurbishment of a social housing estate in Greenwich called Flamsteed Estate with both projects having a combined contract value of about £10 million. So far I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship and the experience I am undergoing. “ 

We plan to keep in touch with Charlie to hear more about his onwards journey. 

12 months on for Harry

I went to Exeter University last September and have been studying English Literature – every second of which has been what I could have hoped for.  In my second term I took a module in Classics looking at Ancient Literature as that was something new I had discovered I loved.  Due to the current situation, all end of year exams have been moved online and so we are needing to revise and adapt on the fly.  However, the most striking aspect about revision is how similar my exams are to the format of the IB English ones.  I mentioned to Miss Sanders after a couple of weeks in Term One how far ahead the IB places you in comparison with A-Level students when it comes to exam preparation and academic writing and research.  Despite all the disruption – and as a result – I will definitely be extending my study with a year abroad between years two and three and then hopefully a masters (at least) after my undergrad.  Not sure if we discussed future plans last time, but for me it will be in the route of masters and either further academia or somewhere in the world of publishing.

Aside from the studying, I have been writing for Exeposé (the Exeter Student newspaper) and have been featured in print and online (https://exepose.com/2019/10/07/mercury-prize-2019/) discussing music primarily. I have joined the Touch Rugby club and am involved with both sporting and social aspects of that. After a recent English Society election, I was elected Publicity Secretary so next year will see me responsible for the marketing and online engagement of the English society. I really look forward to joining the committee and delving deeper into the university lifestyle (presuming and praying we are back in September). 

12 months on for Jessica

Thank you to former student, Jessica Birch, for answering our questions on her journey since leaving Wilmington Academy last year.

● Where did you go after leaving Wilmington Academy?

After leaving Wilmington Academy I began an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology with Counselling at the University of Greenwich which I have been loving so far!

● What qualifications and grades did you need to qualify for this?

In order to qualify for the course, I needed 120 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of two A’s and a C grade, which I was delighted to achieve.

● What personal attributes do you need for this?

I’ve found that the subject requires an ability to think abstractly, empathise and dedicate yourself to its topics; skills that I feel Wilmington helped me to build upon.

● It's been an unexpected year for everyone, what has the effect of the pandemic been on your forward route? What has been different from what you had expected?

With the pandemic hitting in the middle of my first year, a lot has changed in such little time. All work has been moved online for the foreseeable; exams were replaced with coursework; it was all a little strange at first but things soon become the new normal.

● What positive things have you learnt? How have you dealt with challenges?

Although this has brought new challenges, it’s taught me to adapt and be more organised and driven as structures that were previously there were no longer able to provide support. I feel I’ve been able to make the best of a bad situation, if this was to happen at any point, I’m glad it was in my first year. I now feel prepared for anything and am enjoying a VERY long summer!

● What are your hopes and aspirations for the coming 12 months?

In the next twelve months I hope to gain some experience in the psychology field. I have applied for volunteering roles such as working on phone lines to support those need with someone to listen to, and shadowing professionals in their work in various settings. I’m so excited to take the next step towards my dream career, becoming a Counselling Psychologist and being able to make a difference by providing support and help those in need.