Welcome to St Ivo School
It is a pleasure to welcome you to St Ivo Sixth Form. The core aim of the school is to help students to achieve their very best. For those of you about to embark on post-16 study this means helping you to achieve at the highest standards in your chosen subjects and to prepare you for the next stage in your career; be it university, vocational training, apprenticeship or employment. Whatever your long term goal you can be assured that you are joining a Sixth Form with a strong and established reputation for academic success, pastoral support and opportunities beyond the classroom.
One of the strengths of St Ivo Sixth Form is the range of courses we offer. One of the joys of education post-16 is the discovery of new and exciting subjects alongside developing a deeper appreciation of those you are already familiar with. Choosing the right subjects is a tough decision at this stage but both staff and current students will be happy to share their experiences and advice with you.
A good Sixth Form education is not simply about the subjects you study and the grades that you achieve; although there is no escaping their central importance. There is also a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved in the wider life of the Sixth Form and to develop additional skills. I am hugely impressed by the leadership qualities on show in the Sixth Form and by the vast amount of community and fund raising work that takes place here at St Ivo. The Sixth Form offers many enrichment opportunities. These enable students to take part in visits locally, nationally and even internationally. It is the combination of all of these elements that makes our Sixth Form such a dynamic place and our students a group of young adults that the whole community can be proud of.
St Ivo Sixth Form offers 43 subjects ranging from a large suite of A levels, including Law, Politics, Psychology and Photography, to more coursework related A level subjects like Performing Arts (dance) or Information Technology BTEC Level 3, and on to a comprehensive selection of Level 2 Bridging Year subjects where many students aspire to stay on and begin A levels after Year 12. Students may re-take English Language and Maths if required. To compliment A levels we offer the EPQ, a one year individually inspired extended project, and Further Maths A level to compliment Maths and Physics courses. Typically, students study 3 subjects in Sixth Form.
Our enrichment and extra-curricular activities are diverse and extensive. As well as House Captains, the Sixth Form Council and our Head Girl and Head Boy, we offer many other opportunities to get involved. The Sixth Form Reading Buddies Scheme run by Sixth formers for Year 7 students is very popular. Our Sixth Formers lead groups and societies such as our debating group, engineering group or Medical Committee. Plus all the charity work and huge variety of sporting clubs available.
St Ivo Sixth Form is part of our large comprehensive Academy. We offer state of the art facilities for private study as well as excellent classroom amenities. With 43 subjects to choose from there is something for everyone. Our modern dining room offers hot and cold food from 7-45am each morning with an excellent range of meal cooked on the premises at break time and during the lunch hour.
Each subject has its own suite of teaching rooms, and the science department has 14 well-equipped laboratories. A large art and design block houses specialist accommodation for art and technology, including food technology rooms, a kiln and a photographic dark room.
Sports facilities are of the highest quality. On site, these include a large sports hall, weights room, rugby and football pitches, a well-equipped gymnasium, floodlit tennis courts, and an artificial cricket wicket. The school also has use of a synthetic athletics track and all-weather hockey pitch at the nearby Outdoor Centre, plus the swimming pool at the Leisure Centre. By arrangement with the local authority, the school can use these facilities until 3.00pm, after which they are available for community use.
Performing arts are well provided for, with a purpose-built drama studio in the Leisure Centre, dance studios and a music suite including practice rooms and a performance space.
Specialist subjects such as Film, Media, Law and Politics are very well catered for, and have very good facilities and equipment.
Bridging year Level 2 student facilities are excellent, with small classes so that students can really thrive, alongside excellent careers/post18 support from our own careers advisor.
Sixth Form students benefit from their own block within the school, known as The Keep. Here there is a large common room for relaxation, two excellent and new study areas – The Study which is equipped with state of the art computers and is for silent individual study, and the Understudy for quiet group work. This also has a suite of computers and fast charging lockers for ipads. We also have our own seminar room for students to prepare presentations or debate study topics.
Our Resource Centre is open daily from 8.00am until 5.30pm (5.00pm on Friday). Students will find a bright, spacious area where they can do research, prepare homework, borrow and return resources. The Resource Centre is much more than just a library, with just over 16,000 resources, including books, audio CDs and DVDs available to borrow plus newspapers and a growing selection of journals and magazines. The Resource Centre staff are highly trained and keen to support students in their research. There are 16 computers for general use.
Additionally, we have 8 ICT suites around the school. Many departments also have laptops, mobile devices and other computers in their teaching areas to enhance teaching and learning. interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and multimedia projectors, are used in many areas. All suitable classrooms have a data projector, and interactive whiteboard.
St Ivo Sixth Form prides itself on our tutoring and enrichment programmes. We offer many stimulating, personal and extensive extra-curricular opportunities and challenges throughout your time here, and in a recent survey, 98% of our 300 students said they are having a great or good experience with us.
In addition to your studies (be it A levels, Applied courses, Level Two Bridging Year courses or the EPQ) we offer expert tuition on a daily basis, with 22 Sixth Form tutors covering specialities such as Art (Our Head of Art is a chief examiner), Film and Media A levels, Maths, Ethics, the Sciences, Dance, BTEC courses, Heath and Social Care etc. Communication is the key to success and daily tutoring is designed to guide and nurture individuals in making wise choices, both academically and personally. With around 70% of our students going on to university, and up to 30% going into the world of work, apprenticeships or other higher education courses, tutors, specifically trained to support young adults, can get to know you and help with personal statements, job applications and UCAS reference writing. In addition to the 15 minute daily contact with tutors who run PHSE programmes throughout the year, in Year 13 you will have an extra hour per week to concentrate on UCAS or work/apprenticeship applications with your tutor on a one-to-one basis. Our Sixth Form is open daily from 8am until 5-30pm with lessons timetabled between 8-30am and 4pm, with generally 10 study/free hours per week too. In addition to lessons students may opt for extra mentoring in English and/or Maths skills, as well as organisational skills, in order to compliment your A level/Level2 studies. For further specialist support we have an excellent SEN team, our own Sixth Form Counsellor and nurse, as well as a large Inclusion Unit. Our tutors and Sixth Form leadership team work closely alongside these agencies.
Enrichment and volunteering opportunities are offered throughout Sixth Form. Anything from being a Reading Buddy for a Year 7 student, to training to become a mentor for our SMILE team; a great chance to really make a difference, this team supports younger pupils who have difficulties assimilating into school life. We support a number of local and national charities with fancy dress days, or cake sales, and all students have the opportunity to train to become First Response First Aiders. Sixth Formers are ambassadors for the whole school and so run and support our Sixth Form Council, Ball Committee, The Commoner Sixth Form Magazine Committee, Debating Society, Charities Committee, the Eco-Ivo group, act as assistants in lower school classes – the list goes on! We expect students to commit to at least one hour’s volunteering or enrichment per week. Looks great on CVs and references!
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Ivo School directly.