Key Stage 5: The Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13
St John’s has a large Sixth Form of nearly 400 students and is one of the top performing Sixth Forms nationally. St John’s is ranked in the top 25% of schools, based on the progress made by students from GCSE to A-level and the quality of teaching & learning. We have an excellent record of success in applications to a wide range of universities including the most prestigious in the country.
As a member of the Sixth Form College you will be expected to accept a much greater degree of personal responsibility for your work and progress than before. A real commitment to the College, to your chosen courses and to Sixth Form activities is essential. You will want to succeed and be prepared to work hard to ensure that success. In return you will have the support of teaching staff and tutors.
For details of how to apply to St John’s Sixth Form, including the courses we offer and our GCSE grade requirements, click on the Courses 2017-18 and Admissions links on the right
Induction Day & Registration
The Sixth Form Induction Day is held in June. Students arrive at 9.15 am for an introduction and welcome from our Principal, Mrs Edmondson, and Head of Sixth Form, Mrs McArdle. There is an opportunity to experience a variety of Sixth Form lessons and find out more about Sixth Form options. The dress code for Induction Day is smart casual.
Students are given summer work to complete for all of their courses.
Sixth Form Registration is in early September. Students need to confirm their final choices for Sixth Form courses.
- Director of Sixth Form: Mrs K McArdle
- Deputy Director of Sixth Form: Mrs L Cope
- Head of Year 12: Mr M Harrison
- Director of Student Intervention: Mr J Gibson
- Sixth Form Manager & Admissions Officer: Mrs M Brown
We aim to work closely with parents and there are regular newsletters to keep them informed. Regular Parents’ evenings are held so that students’ progress can be discussed with subject teachers. The Personal Tutor will liaise with individual parents when this is appropriate.
Many subjects include residential visits e.g. Art visits to international art galleries (Paris, Amsterdam etc), Classical Civilisation visit to Greece and Biology, Geography and Environmental Science study weeks. There are crosscurricular visits organised – for example to Paris and many theatre visits.
A negotiated programme of additional activities is offered each year. These involve Community Service, Leisure and Sports activities, and Enterprise Scheme. We also offer opportunities for you to gain additional qualifications including the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Level 3, GCSE courses in English and Mathematics and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Freedom and Responsibility
You will be expected to work beyond what is done in time tabled time and for homework. We provide time, resources and ideas for this work which is usually assignment orientated.
As a member of the Sixth Form College you will be able to have your say through your representative on the Sixth Form Council. We also have a student run Teaching and Learning Council so that students can work with staff in improving the quality of Sixth Form lessons. You will have many interesting and worthwhile opportunities open to you. Our aim is that you achieve the best academic results you can and make the most of your time by widening your experience and responsibilities. It is possible to initiate and organise events. Some students help with classes in the academy and do voluntary work in the community. There are always opportunities to get involved in drama, musical activities and help with sports teams. We aim to meet your needs – so make them known via the Sixth Form Council or talk to your tutor.
Results and Destinations
St John’s students consistently achieve results well above the national average in A Levels and Vocational courses. 60% of students go directly on to Higher Education with 30% putting in deferred entry applications and taking a year out to travel. Considerable support is offered to students who wish to consider these options. 10% of students go on to Further Education, employment and apprenticeships. See After St John’s for more information.