Sixth Form

Key Stage 5: The Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13

St John’s has a large Sixth Form of approximately 380 students and is one of the top performing Sixth Forms nationally. In addition to our Outstanding OFSTED ranking, our achievement at A-level places us well above the national average, with a third of students achieving grade A or above in at least one subject. We have an excellent record of success in applications to a wide range of universities including the most prestigious in the country.

In addition to a full range of over 25 A-levels including all the facilitating subjects, we offer a fantastic selection of vocational diplomas including Sport, Forensic Investigation, Creative Digital Media Production, Food Science, Music, Health & Social Care and Performing Arts, all delivered in state of the art facilities. 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 2019-20 and Admissions links on the right.


Contact Mrs K McArdle, Director of Sixth Form or Mrs M Brown, Sixth Form Admissions Officer for application information, or click “Admissions” in the right sidebar to visit our Sixth form Admissions page.

Important Dates

Dates of note for St John’s Sixth Form are as follows:

14 November 2019Sixth Form Open Evening
14 January 2019Deadline for applications
February-March 2019Interviews for prospective students
March-April 2019Offers will be made
20 June 2019Sixth Form Induction Day
22 August 2019GCSE results and Sixth Form Registration

Key Staff:

  • Director of Sixth Form: Mrs R Haig-Williams (from September)
  • Head of Year 12: Mr M Harrison
  • Head of Year 13: Mrs G Joyce
  • Director of Student Intervention: Mr M Wilson
  • Sixth Form Manager & Admissions Officer: Mrs M Brown

Parents’ Involvement

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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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” in the right sidebar for more information.