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Welcome to Sir John Leman High School

We are proud of the wide range of subjects and qualifications we are able to offer our Sixth Form students. Our courses are designed to prepare you for a variety of routes including Higher Education, Apprenticeships or the world of work. We put time and care into devising flexible, personalised learning programmes for our students and offer a range of support which is vital in making a successful transition to Post 16 education.

In joining the Sixth Form, you are becoming part of a successful and vibrant student community, with much more on offer than just your academic studies, where you will be able to follow an Enriched Curriculum to broaden your experience: Sixth Form Council, RAG Week, Mandarin and Latin, Extended Project Qualification, Charity Fundraising and much more.

The open, friendly and supportive nature of life in the Sixth Form is developed by every student; the commitment they show to their own success and the enjoyment students have during their time with us all contribute to the collegiate atmosphere. Consistently, students attain strong results and Year 13 students leave here having had a positive, enjoyable, successful and often life-changing two years.

You will find life in the Sixth Form full of challenges and opportunities: we look forward to working with you and helping you realise your ambitions. 

About us

In approaching the next two key years of your life, you need to be in an environment that will challenge you, reward you and have the highest expectations of you.

We work hard to support our students in developing high levels of independence, personal organisation and key transferable skills that will support progression.

The ethos of the Sixth Form is that you get out of it what you put in and there is a strong sense of community. We have high expectations and standards and, as students have chosen to study in our Sixth Form, we expect them to accept the standards that we have set

Facilities available

Sir John Leman High School is situated on a twenty acre site, in a pleasant residential area within the town of Beccles.

A wide variety of specialised facilities provide a positive learning environment including:

  • A well-equipped Learning Resource Centre
  • Extensive IT facilities including a suite of Apple computers
  • A wide range of facilities for sport including all weather pitches
  • Recently refurbished laboratories and technology studios
  • Bespoke learning areas for creative and performing arts

Additional support

Transition to post 16 learning can be challenging and we are proud of the range of specialist support on offer to our students. The Sixth Form office operates an ‘open door’ policy and students are encouraged to speak with us should they have any concerns. 

Our specialist Sixth Form tutors meet with students on a daily basis and oversee their personal and academic development; monitoring progress, offering advice and support and helping students achieve balance between the different demands on their time. This daily contact ensures that tutors know their students extremely well and quickly develop a natural rapport with them meaning students feel fully supported from the outset of their time with us.

In addition, our dedicated, full time Academic Mentor works with a range of students in a variety of ways and deals with an array of issues; this might be supporting a student with time management, stretching themselves to achieve top grades, general course concerns or revision techniques and may involve daily contact, weekly meetings or work with small groups of students.

Learner success

A large number of our students go on to study at university.  The website used to make these applications is  In addition, the UCAS website has a wealth of useful information including short video clips and case studies.   Students can use the site to look at the entry requirements for individual courses; this will show students the grades/ UCAS points they need to achieve together with any individual subject requirements.

We work closely with students to support them in the application process.  This includes visits to different universities, a visit to the HE Convention at UCS in Ipswich, a HE Evening and sessions in school.  Sixth Form tutors are involved the process and provide references for students' applications.

College/ FE Institutions

There are other local providers such as Lowestoft College ( and Norwich City College ( where some of our students continue with their education Post 16.  These colleges provide a wide variety of courses and students are encouraged to attend their open days and apply early.


We work closely with the schools' Careers & Aspirations Manger to support our students in the transition to employment.  This involves arranging suitable work placements and also putting on activities in school to support students in preparing CVs, writing letters of application and developing their interview techniques.

Gap Years

Some of our students choose to take a gap year before heading to university.  There is a wealth of information available on the internet to help students make the correct choice for them.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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  • A: Sir John Leman High School
    • Address:
    • Ringsfield Road
    • Beccles
    • NR34 9PG
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01502713223
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    • The Sixth Form is a lively and vibrant place, which offers students a large number of opportunities to contribute to the whole school through extra-curricular activities and leadership. These include recreational Sport, Creative Writing, Young Enterprise, the annual RAG Week and the Sixth Form Council.

      The environment in the Sixth Form is one of challenge; students are encouraged to strive to reach their full potential. In safe and supportive surroundings, students are helped to develop, not just academically, but also emotionally and socially by dedicated Sixth Form staff including an Academic Mentor. Furthermore, our specialist Sixth Form facilities include a coffee shop and newly refurbished Sixth Form study area.