Welcome to Bishop Stopford CE School
Bishop Stopford’s sixth form has a longstanding track record for high achievement. We are proud of the number of students in the sixth form, the range of courses which they take and are successful in, and what they contribute to the rest of school. Most students spend two years with us in the sixth form on AS and A Level courses (Level 3). We make no apology for saying that sixth form life is demanding: decisions made during this time will affect the rest of your life. For us, helping you to achieve is absolutely vital. When joining our sixth form, all students are allocated a mentor. We also keep close contact with parents about your progress, so that they are part of the partnership which will help you to make good decisions about your future. The sixth form is led by three members of staff. The Head Boy and Girl also take a lead responsibility in organising activities which contribute to the sixth form experience. They are ably supported by Student Heads who organise social activities, and they are also central to our Sixth Form Forum which influences the way subjects are taught here. In addition to sixth form lessons, you are expected to undertake private study. There are good library facilities, and a separate sixth form centre to support you. Sixth form students contribute significantly to rest of school and students in lower years really appreciate this help. While our sixth form is about helping you to achieve to your highest potential, we also offer many extra curricular opportunities in which most students participate.
The sixth form at Bishop Stopford specialises in A Level courses, and is high achieving across the 28 courses offered. Pass rates are significantly above national average, with over 60% of students achieving A-B grades at A Level in 2009. This places us in the top 10% of schools and colleges nationally (ALPs analysis 2010.)
Our sixth form has over 400 students, which means we can offer a wide range of subjects in a wide range of combinations. Because achievement is high, we have strong systems to support students to make applications to universities, and we have a separate programme for those who wish to make applications to Oxford or Cambridge. On average, five students a year are allocated places at Oxbridge.
Our mentoring programme for sixth form students is very well regarded. Your mentor will support you throughout your time here, from settling in and understanding the demands of sixth form life, to enabling you to make applications for the next stage in your career – whether that be further or higher education, or employment.
We value the work of sixth form students in the rest of school. Students take part in reading partner programmes, run sports and other clubs, support Key Stage 3 lessons and mentor students. A significant number of students also run sex and relationships education lessons for younger students, after participating in a training scheme run in conjunction with Exeter University.
Our sixth form extra curricular programme includes a number of trips and visits both in this country and abroad. In addition, you can participate in sports clubs and tours, and undertake further qualifications such as the Community Sports Leaders’ Award. We also offer students access to the Open University’s YAS Scheme, which is accredited.
Underpinning the whole school experience at Bishop Stopford School is our Christian ethos and our Technology Status. Our core values of faith, responsibility, truth, compassion and justice are at the heart of all that we do.
Reference to the sixth form pages of our website (www.bishopstopford.com) is essential if you are considering making an application to our sixth form.
We have a separate sixth form centre, with a Common Room, Private Study area, dedicated ICT facilities, mentoring rooms and some general classrooms. In addition, the Library is available for sixth form use throughout the day. Sixth formers are taught in their Centre or across school, and have full access to our general facilities.
For those students with additional learning needs, support is provided from our Learning Centre. Full access arrangements for examination requirements are provided, and any testing which is needed to make examination access arrangements can be carried out.
General support is available on issues such as study skills, time management and organisation through mentors, the Learning Support Centre and subject teachers, dependent on the need.
Our focus on helping you to make the next step in your career means that there is also specialist careers advice and guidance available.
ALPS 2010 (A Level measurement of performance) indicates student achievement in the top 10% nationally.
In the past four years, each year over 50% of students have achieved A or B grades. Of the 183 students who completed A Levels last year, 62% gained these grades.
For the past four years, an average of 5 students per year have been successful in gaining places at Oxford or Cambridge.
Progress to university is very high. Last year, for example, 160 students took up places in higher education.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford CE School directly.