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Read more about about extra-curricular opportunities sixth form students will have access to at St John’s.

The level 3 EPQ is a valuable qualification, highly rated by the best universities in the country. It puts the student in charge and allows them to explore an area of interest to them; this usually overlaps with one or more of their courses. It is worth up to 28 UCAS points, depending upon grade achieved. Students can choose to write a dissertation, produce an artefact or perform. Students go on to complete their projects during Year 13 with teacher.

Sixth Form > Curriculum > EPQ curriculum information

At St Johns we understand the importance of regular physical activity and the benefits is provides for students physical and mental well-being. Throughout year 12 students benefit from the Year 12 Games enrichment lessons. These take place once a fortnight and are taught by members of the PE department.

We recognise that at this age students can take greater responsibility for their own learning; within Games lessons we allow them to choose the sports or activities that they enjoy the most and would like to continue developing their skills in. Just some of the sports that are on offer here at St Johns are: basketball, football, netball, rock climbing, fitness, gymnastics, yoga, tchoukball, table tennis and many more! The focus of these lessons is on fun and enjoyment, as well as improvement in the skills and tactics of the sport.

Students at St Johns benefit from the excellent facilities on offer, including a fitness suite, state of the art rock climbing wall, dance studio and large sports hall. Students are able to use the fitness suite in their own time either after school or at lunch time. Extra-curricular opportunities are on offer to the sixth formers throughout their time at the school, these include entry into the county cup and Swindon schools cup for football and Netball training and fixtures against local schools.

In the Sixth form at St John’s, we offer a wide range of opportunities for year 12 students to get involved in volunteering activities in and around school.

The volunteering opportunities are quite diverse. They range from working for the award-winning school publication ‘The Granham Gazette’ as a photographer, to helping the Drama department with school productions, or becoming a drama club leader. There are also opportunities to mentor younger students with their reading and writing in further mentoring positions in English and Maths and Languages. Details of the volunteering positions can be found on the Volunteering Board which is located in the sixth form common room. Adverts for the various positions appear on the board with the name of a contact for you to register interest.

So, why get involved? Voluntary work allows you to ‘give something back’ by dedicating your time to a good cause around school, but there are plenty of other reasons to volunteer. Did you know that voluntary work can also improve your university or apprenticeship application? Just like other forms of work experience, volunteering gives you skills and experiences that can be included on any future applications you make for jobs, apprenticeships or university, and can also be an excellent way to build confidence in a familiar environment.

Voluntary work doesn’t have to be relevant to your career ambitions; whatever you do will increase your confidence and develop skills that you’ll be able to use in any career. However, it is especially useful if you have a particular University course or career path in mind.

If there is a volunteering opportunity that you would like to be involved which we aren’t currently offering, then we are happy to listen to your ideas and make them happen if it is possible!

What is private study? 

Private study is allocated on a sixth form students’ timetable to encourage independent study and completion of work within school. Students who study three A Level subjects are timetabled for 6 hours per fortnight, which is equivalent to 2 hours per subject. Students who study four A Level subjects are not given a private study allocation.

Students use private study to complete a variety of tasks such as completing homework, planning coursework, practising past exam questions, making revision materials, revising for class assessments, reading around their subject etc.

Private study is a registered, timetabled lesson and counts towards a students’ overall attendance.

Where does private study take place? 

Private study takes place in G182, sixth form study room, or in F237 the Enterprise Suite, where there is suitable access to study space and computers.

A key focus for everyone at St John’s is to develop a passion and understanding in our students for the environment. SEA – Schools for Environmental Action – was established by St John’s and is led by a UN  Accredited Climate Change Teacher, Mr Friend.

Life at St John’s >  Sustainability

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 St John’s Senior Leadership Team has developed detailed plans to manage teaching and learning should students be required to learn from home, and has implemented effective methods of remote learning. Our webpage Latest COVID-19 Information linked below gives students and parents regular information about protecting against the virus, and the plans St John’s has in place.

Mrs Wilson explains how we now manage any lockdown situation.

Remote Learning Policy
Communication > Remote Learning User Guides
Communication > Latest COVID-19 Information


A huge thank you to several ex-St John’s students who helped to prepare our virtual open evening: Izzy Millar for the drone footage and Matt Withers and Tash Reed for photography.