Welcome to St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre
Our mission is to provide a rigorous and broad education within the context of a Christian environment. An understanding of the Roman Catholic faith, in line with the Gospel message, underpins the whole work of the school. Our main aim is to develop the self-esteem, dignity and respect of all members of the community by concentrating on each person’s infinite worth in the eyes of God.
Our school’s Christian ethos underpins all its work and provides all members of the school community with a safe environment which is paramount in creating a successful learning environment.
All students receive lessons in religious education and our Catholic identity and spiritual life are reflected in all areas of our school.
The Head of Sixth Form and Heads of College lead a dynamic, vibrant and ambitious sixth form with a strong sense of community. Our purpose is to guide each student's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They are led and supported by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic governing body.
Our students are mature, friendly and polite and demonstrate excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning.
Teachers are experts in their subjects and have high expectations of all students. They are supported by a team of librarians, teaching assistants, administrators, technicians and laboratory assistants, all of whom are working towards ensuring that teaching and learning are at the heart of the school.
"Governors, senior leaders and other leaders and managers work effectively together to sustain and promote a shared well articulated vision." Clifton Diocese Inspection Report, 2013
"An atmosphere of respect and courtesy is evident throughout the school community and behaviour is exemplary. Students feel safe and are highly positive about the support they receive from school staff... Students are respectful and courteous towards
each other, particularly during break and lunchtimes. They listen carefully to the views of others, are considerate, polite and helpful."
St Peter's became a faith academy in August 2011. We work closely with a family of Catholic primary schools in Stroud and Gloucester, with other secondary schools and with the wider community.
As a training school, St Peter's is committed to providing high quality professional initial teacher training, in collaboration with the GITEP scheme in the county and with the University of Gloucestershire. Involvement in training keeps all teachers focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning for our students.
We enjoy excellent specialist facilities including a sports pavilion, multi-gym, astroturf, tennis courts, gymnasium and extensive playing fields. We have a drama theatre and drama studio; music and ICT rooms which are both well equipped with computers and specialist software; two libraries (a lending library and the sixth form reference library), staffed by a chartered librarian and assistant and with space for private study.
As well as study facilities, which remain open until late each day, sixth form students have their own purpose-built rooms where students can mix and socialise.
We are committed to a constant programme of refurbishment to ensure the school meets the needs of its students both now and in the future.
St Peter’s identifies and provides for students with special educational needs, learning difficulties and those with other physical, emotional, behavioural and social learning needs across all abilities and ages so that each student is able to develop and achieve.
Subject teachers identify pupils with learning difficulties or special educational needs by using departmental criteria and/ or data from, for example, previous schools. They will use a range of strategies to address the student’s needs but may also involve the school’s Partnership and Learning Team to support students in lessons or to provide specific resources. The school is committed to supporting students for whom English is not a first language and has a small team of staff who work with and support these students.
All members of the community are made welcome at St Peter’s. The school will do all within its power to provide the best education for each student offered a place here.
Students identified as experiencing learning difficulties will be monitored by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Partnership and Learning team so that no student who needs extra help in specific areas will be denied it. Statemented students have a teaching assistant who is their designated key worker and who coordinates the support provided.
We are also responsible for identifying students who are clearly very able or have a particular talent. They are challenged in lessons with demanding material and concepts or by working on the same material in a different way. We want to motivate our more able students rather than allowing them to ‘coast.’
Students who are gifted and talented and those with a particular interest are also given opportunities to develop their skills in a wide range of enrichment activities including art, drama, mathematics, music, science, sport, or languages. We offer a wide range of activities during enrichment with the possibility of the AS Extended Project Qualification.
Staff complement classroom teaching with other experiences, including mentoring within the school, trips to art galleries, museums and theatres and a wide range of sporting activities.
Every student has a personal tutor who gives special care, guidance and support to the students in his or her tutor group. One period a fortnight focuses on Citizenship. Tutorials are held twice a year and are an opportunity for students to discuss academic progress and any concerns and to set specific targets. Any concerns which parents or guardians have should be raised with the tutor or the head of year.
Students who are experiencing severe emotional difficulties or personal problems and who need additional assistance can seek confidential and sensitive support from the chaplain and the Student Support Services and may wish to receive counselling.
A-level and vocational examination results are consistently good. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities do well. Our students gain places not just at the country’s best universities but on the courses they choose and which suit their abilities and aspirations.
Our students have represented their countries at many levels in international sport. The school entrance foyer celebrates this success with a fine display of photographs of players in their England and Wales strips. We also have on display Charlie Sharples' first full England shirt - Charlie was a successful student at St Peter's. We work with both boys and girls and with students of all the nationalities in the school to enhance and increase this display.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.