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Sixth Form

Our aim is that students leave with a clear set of moral values on which to base their lives; we support and challenge them to be the leaders of tomorrow. We want our young people to be well-mannered, accomplished and yet humble.

‘The sixth form is outstanding. Students follow mainly academic courses and most go on to university. They leave the sixth form ready to make a contribution to the world around them.’ OFSTED 2014

We welcome both our own pupils and those from across the city and beyond to join our Sixth Form, taking great care to introduce newcomers to our ethos and spirit. Our 6th form open evening for entry in September 2020 will take place on 7th November 2019, at 7pm on the main school site

At the Fideliter Building, St Joseph’s Sixth Form centre, students enjoy their own state of the art teaching, learning and study facilities as well as a separate dining room and social space. This is now complemented by additional independent study space at the nearby Fideliter building.

The student experience is enriched by opportunities to take part in an eclectic range of life-enhancing pursuits including community service, the prefect system, music, sport, drama, retreats and charitable work. Every February we take a group of staff and sixth form students out on immersion to the developing world. We initially began with a two week journey across Sierra Leone, and have since expanded the program to incorporate simultaneous experiences to both Sierra Leone and India.

Students are encouraged to aspire to go on to continue their studies at University, including at the world’s very best institutions, however we respect and support the desire of an increasing number of students to consider more direct pathways into employment including apprenticeships and higher education programmes.

A LEVEL SUBJECTS

A traditional sixth form curriculum is offered. Students are encouraged to study, in depth, three A Level subjects, although four are available in exceptional circumstances. In addition to the academic curriculum, enrichment opportunities are vast for our sixth formers. There are a wide range of subjects on offer, as seen below.

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
    Food Technology
    Product Design
    Fashion and Textiles
  • Economics
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies

Success Stories

97%

Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).

83%

Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).

47%

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

45%

Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.

98%

Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 62% achieving A* to B grades, and 32% achieving A* or A grades.

OUTSTANDING

St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.