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Sixth Form

Introduction – What Is VESPA?

VESPA is a mindset and a system for success. VESPA has been used in a range of Sixth Forms across the country and has a proven record of success.

The ‘jump’ from GCSE to A Level is a huge one and some students struggle with the change. There is sometimes a myth that because you left your revision until the last part of Year 11 you can replicate the same success from GCSE and A Level, but that is totally wrong. A Levels are about much more than that and are not just a larger curriculum for you to cover.

You must have the right study skills, the right environment, the right mindset and the right attitude and commitment – and not just for one day, one week or one month, but, ideally, throughout the two years.

So, what is VESPA? VESPA is about changing your mindset and giving you the skills needed to sustain your success throughout your A Level journey. 

Year 12 VESPA – intervention booklet

Year 13 VESPA intervention booklet


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

Best ever GCSE results!


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


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


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


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


Of our students were entered for the EBACC


St. Joseph’s College is graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.