A Catholic Sixth Form
We offer an extensive range of courses and pathways for learning post-16. In addition to academic AS and A2 courses we also offer vocational qualifications, therefore providing for a range of our learners’ needs. The entry requirement for our academic course is a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above, for some subjects grade A/B are required in order for students to achieve their full potential. Learning will be enhanced by following a range of other courses that include Enrichment, General RE and study skills. Please click on our courses link for further information.
Our students are able to use their talents by providing services to the school community through participation in the school council, supporting in lower school lessons, assisting in the paired reading scheme or by being student leaders or prefect. The curriculum experience is further enriched through trips to Universities, theatres, lectures and retreats.
Students receive support and guidance in planning their futures and preparing them effectively for further study be developing skills of independent and personal organisation. Our Sixth Form Oxbridge mentor helps students to find the appropriate courses, colleges or universities along with interview and careers advise from specialist staff. The mentor will support and guide you through the process of applying for university, further education or employment. Up to date information is available through a wide range of resources. You will receive expert advice on the university application process (UCAS).
Higher Education Preparation for Progress
- Targeted mentoring for Oxbridge candidates including application process, subject choices, and interview practice.
- Individualised UCAS support for each student including personal statements, UCAS forms, institutions and subject choices.
- Annual visit to the Higher Education Conference with workshop on how to utilise time effectively.
- Talks from current university students (past CJM students) about university life, how to choose courses and budgeting.
- Support in registering onto prestigious one day taster courses, residential courses and Summer University courses 100% of students attended at least one.
- Workshops and talks from an external UCAS advisor throughout the two year process.
- Every student is encouraged and expected to apply to suitable Higher Education courses. The uptake of these courses is consistently high.
Student Leadership/ Rewards
We believe Sixth Form students, as the most senior learners in our community, have a duty to take an active role in promoting and supporting the school ethos. We also recognise the value of incentives and recognition of their achievements at this stage of their academic life so we balance the roles of responsibility with awards and certificates including:
- Jack Petchey award
- Certificate assemblies
- External Prefect training with certificate of completion.
- Formal Year 13 Prefect interview process
- Formal Head Girl and Deputy Head girl presentation and interview process.
- Attendance and punctuality Good News Cards.
- Annual Attendance Trip to a Theme Park
- Awards for Form classes maintaining high attendance
- Peer mentoring programme
- Peer mentoring training including Child Protection
- Paired reading programme where Sixth Formers support EAL students.
- Sixth Form anti-bullying council representative
- Student Council Sixth Form members
- Sixth Form guides on Formal evenings throughout the year
- Social Committee
- Leavers Prom Committee
- Fairtrade Committee
- Sixth Form Charity Focus Group
- Annual Sixth Form Lourdes Pilgrimage
- CAFOD charity groups during Advent and Lent
- Sixth Form Gym and Fitness sessions
- Walking Club
Support Staff/ Monitoring
The Head of Sixth Form delivers assemblies, monitors individual behaviour/ attendance and punctuality report cards.
Sixth Form students register daily with their Form tutor. They also get UCAS support during form time alongside regular folder checks. Form tutors pass on pastoral, attendance and punctuality concerns to the Mentor, Pastoral Support Manager, Head of Year, Subject Teachers or School Counsellor as appropriate.