From ages 16 to 18, the Sixth Form is an integral and important part of the school. Our teachers are dedicated to supporting each and every student to achieve their best academically, to become confident, well-rounded and compassionate adults and to harness the tools needed to thrive in a technologically driven modern world.
Our small class sizes enable all students to receive the individual guidance and support needed for them to thrive and grow in the Sixth Form. Each student has a tutor who knows them as an individual, and is responsible for the day to day monitoring of their academic and personal well-being.
Our Sixth Formers lead the student community with positions of responsibility; Head Students, Prefects and House Officials, which develop maturity, leadership qualities and service to others. Every student is trained to be a Peer Mentor for younger pupils and St Joseph’s has an award-winning track record of success in the Young Enterprise Scheme, which encourages students to learn about business, developing management, finance and entrepreneurial skills.
The Sixth Form offers a broad curriculum of A Level subjects which are respected by universities and employers. Students typically take three A Levels plus the Extended Project Qualification over two years.
The Extended Project
The Extended Project develops students’ ability to work independently in preparation for further study at a higher level. It is a single piece of work that requires a high level of planning, preparation, research and autonomous study. It aims to improve students’ critical thinking and time management skills and inspires them to develop a love of learning for learning’s sake. All students complete an Extended Project and have free choice in selecting their topic.
Beyond the classroom
The Sixth Form Centre provides a dedicated space for students to work and socialise. It is equipped with WiFi and computers, and the College Library offers a wealth of resources. Two Common Rooms and kitchen facilities offer opportunities to relax amongst peers. There are also many opportunities for Sixth Form students to extend their learning by experiencing trips and visits. A full co-curricular programme is available, culminating in the Sixth Form Ball at the end of the Summer Term.
The current Sixth Form information booklet can be downloaded here:
Sixth Form Information Booklet
At St Joseph’s we provide ongoing guidance and support on higher education courses, apprenticeships, careers and work experience. We provide weekly career lessons, covering topics such as employability skills and the UCAS application, as well as students attending the annual UCAS Conference in Surrey, spending a day at the University of Reading and taking part in external career-related seminars.