Sixth Form achievement
Our results in Sixth Form are excellent too. Over 67% of Year 13 A level grades in 2018 were A*-B, with around 90% of all grades awarded A*-C. Most impressively, over 42% of grades awarded in 2018 were A*-A. Nationally, this figure is around 25%. In fact, 15 pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* or A grades. We confidently predict even stronger A level performance from future year groups, as the ability profile of students coming through the school now is significantly higher than several years ago (see Key Stage 3, below).
All A level students progress to degree courses at university
In each of the last 5 years, all our A level students choosing Higher Education have progressed successfully to degree courses at their chosen universities. We have successfully prepared our students for entry into leading institutions such as Oxbridge, St Andrews, Durham, Bristol, Edinburgh and other Russell Group universities to study Medicine, Law, Humanities, Languages, Maths and many other challenging degree courses.
Students in the Sixth Form are offered a broad and balanced curriculum including the following courses:
Ethics and Philosophy
Fashion and Textiles
Government and Politics
Health and Social Care
The courses we offer cater for the needs of the vast majority of our students and provide an excellent start to the most competitive university courses. However, being a smaller Sixth Form and coupled with the fact that we know our students very well, we are able to provide individualised options. In certain cases, this can involve running courses for a small number of students whose university ambitions need to be catered for through the study of a certain subject.
This curriculum is complemented by three additional elements:
This programme is very popular and looks at current ethical and philosophical issues. As part of a Catholic Sixth Form, students are encouraged to study and reflect upon these key areas. Both universities and employers are very impressed with the analytical skills that students acquire as part of their studies in this area.
Students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities to unwind from their academic studies and keep fit at the same time. Activities include: football, gymnastics, netball, table tennis, aerobics, badminton, rowing, archery and trampolining. All students have free access to the Fitness Suite. Sixth Form students are also given the opportunity to work alongside the staff in the department as PE Leaders. They gain a Gym Instructor’s qualification and manage the new Fitness Suite, completing professional inductions for all new members, and supervise younger students in the facility at lunchtime and after school.
All students take part in the pastoral programme. This is delivered in tutor groups and allows for discussion, collaboration and reflection on key issues in the modern world. The pastoral programme allows students to explore and develop their understanding of a wide range of topics including learning and independent study skills, social and cultural developments from local, national and international perspectives and political awareness. These topics are set within the Catholic social teaching and allow students the opportunity to enhance their spiritual development. Preparation for university applications, employment and apprenticeships are delivered through the pastoral programme. Students are guided and supported to make a successful transition to their next stage whether this is further studies or the world of work.