We encourage our students to be inquisitive learners in the classroom and to take full advantage of the many enriching opportunities available to them. Sixth Form students are very much at the centre of our school community, taking on leadership and mentoring roles and are encouraged to volunteer in the wider community too. Our students confidently rise to every challenge, whether that is climbing mountains as part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, stepping forward to lead assemblies, creating and marketing their own business with Young Enterprise or producing insightful Podcasts about Mental Health.
At St Joseph’s, our small class sizes and inspirational teaching encourages academic excellence within a caring community and enables all students to receive the individual guidance and support needed for them to thrive and grow in the Sixth Form. Each student has a personal tutor who knows them as an individual and is responsible for the day to day monitoring of their academic and personal well-being. There is an emphasis on helping students to achieve the best academic results, whilst supporting their emotional, physical and mental health needs. Tutors and teachers help students to strive towards their ambitions and help them to plan what is needed to attain them.
Our Sixth Form offers a broad curriculum of A Level subjects enabling students to follow their passions and interests and develop a curious intellect in their chosen subjects. Students typically take three A Levels plus the Extended Project Qualification over two years.
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 have the option to complete an Extended Project and have free choice in selecting their topic. The qualification is equivalent to one AS Level and is worth up to 28 UCAS points. Recent topics include investigating the possibility of the link between Rugby injuries and Motor Neurone Disease, the use of colour in film to convey emotion and a consideration of gender bias in Family Courts.
Sixth Form students have their own dedicated space to work, socialise and eat. Café Oak serves fresh pizza daily from its pizza ovens,
as well as barista style coffee and other beverages too. The library has a reserved
space on the mezzanine floor just for Sixth Form and is an excellent place to study.
At St Joseph’s we pride ourselves in giving our students the best possible preparation for life beyond school, providing guidance and support on higher education courses, apprenticeships, careers and work experience. Students attend career lessons, covering topics such as employability skills and the UCAS application, as well as attending the annual UCAS Conference.