Welcome to St Dominic's Sixth Form College
We are a 16 to 18 co-educational Catholic College, situated in Harrow on the Hill, North West London. We specialise in delivering high quality level 3 courses, offering some 29 different A-levels and BTEC courses, suited to the needs of all our learners.
St Dominic’s has provided post 16 education in Harrow since 1979 and over that period of time has developed specialist teaching and support that is recognised for its excellence in the local area and beyond. In our last inspection, we were judged to be an ‘outstanding’ College and have been awarded many national accolades over recent years. The campus gives us a university feel and allows students to concentrate on their studies and to make the very best use of our superb academic facilities.
The two years of study post 16 are the most important of any to date in a young person’s educational journey. Post 16 courses remain a benchmark qualification. When students arrive with us in September each year it is my expectation that they will work hard from day one in order to fulfil the demands of their courses. The support both in and out of the classroom is exemplary and providing the partnership between student, College and home are right then they will be successful with us and achieve highly at the end of the two year programme. We provide all our students with the best opportunity to achieve the highest possible examination grades as well as to develop spiritually and personally.
We are a confidently Catholic institution, clear in our beliefs and values and the importance of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. We are also welcoming of other faith groups and believe that our diverse faith community is enriching and makes us the very distinctive community that we are. We give priority to students from our two partner schools, Salvatorian College and Sacred Heart Language College. We then offer places to Catholics from the local area and to other faith groups who wish to pursue their sixth form education in a Christian context and who will support the ethos and mission of our College.
It is a tremendous privilege to lead this community. Our students are hard-working, dedicated and ambitious for their futures and my staff team are wholly committed to achieving excellence for every one of our young people with whom they work each day.
St Dominic’s came into existence initially as a Convent School for Girls on the Mount Estate in Harrow-on the-Hill in the 19th century. The school was established in 1879. The Dominican Nuns led by Mother Catherine Philip Bathurst OP were carrying out a direct request by Cardinal Manning, the Archbishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, to have a Catholic Girls School in Harrow. The Dominican nuns were committed to creating the opportunity for girls to have a good education and access to higher education.
In the 20th century, this Independent Girls Grammar School thrived, developed and underwent a major expansion in 1926 with the inauguration of the Old School Building – now the Catherine Building.
When the London Borough of Harrow reorganised its education system creating a specific Sixth Form sector, the Dominican Nuns agreed to transfer the school grounds to the Diocese of Westminster as the site of the new Catholic Sixth Form College. With the addition of a new block, the Hume Building, St Dominic’s Sixth Form College opened its doors to its first 289 students, boys and girls, in September 1979, taking its intake from the Convent School itself, the Salvatorian College (boys) and the Sacred Heart Grammar School (girls).
Up until 1993 the College was part of the Harrow Local Authority maintained system, but following the Post-16 reorganisation by the government, the College became an independent college within the State Tertiary system, the Further Education Funding Council.
This change brought about new challenges and pressures on the College, primarily to increase student numbers and its educational provision in order to cater for the educational needs in the local area. Thus between 1997 and 2004, the College embarked on a series of expansions of the then current buildings. In addition, after many Planning Authority delays, in July 2006 a completely new construction, the Aquinas building was inaugurated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.
The 21st century marked a series of successes for the College as its reputation for delivering high quality Sixth Form education continued to spread. By 2007 the College was among the elite group of Colleges awarded Beacon Status.
The College achieved a long-held dream of having its own indoor sports facilities. The new Gymnasium Complex, the Siena Building, was inaugurated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in 2010.
The College is the holder of a number of national awards. With the establishment of formal National inspection systems, St Dominic’s rose to the challenge achieving outstanding status by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster for the delivery of Catholic Education. The 2008 OFSTED Inspection too judged it to be Outstanding, a distinction it has held on to ever since. Indeed the College is now at the very top of the league of Sixth Form Colleges for ‘Excellence’ in its educational provision and for its A level results.
Study Plus is a supportive and vibrant learning environment for all students at St Dominic’s Sixth Form College. Staffed by four members of the department, with teacher support, students are given guidance and motivated in a variety of ways.
We have 45 computers, laptops, subject text books, past exam papers and hand-outs, a stationery shop, photocopying, printing and scanning facilities.
Study Plus organise and run workshops on a rolling programme on numerous skills such as:
- essay planning and writing
- organisational skills
- revision and exam techniques
- tips for improving grammar and punctuation
Study Plus offers an alternative working environment to the library, with support from fully qualified learning mentors and occasionally members of teaching staff.
Study Plans are offered to all students and updated every half term, to reflect any individual needs.
The Study Plus staff are very welcoming and always very attentive to student needs, they are kind and generous with their time and always available to help with anything students may need assistance with.
Students also play a vital role within the department by offering peer teaching sessions in an informal way. Second year students frequently tutor, mentor and act as role models. This not only develops their confidence in their subject, it enables individuals to network and interact with one another.
In additional to this, Study Plus provides assistance to individuals with educational needs and requirements and facilitates all exam access arrangements. The feedback received from students is always positive regarding this and how it alleviates stress and concerns relating to exams.
On arrival at the College, students join a tutor group which meets together once a week. In addition, tutors set aside one hour per week for 1:1 meetings with their students. This allows for effective communication, administration and support. The tutor is the first point of contact for students and parents/carers. In addition, there are Senior Tutors who, together with support staff, form the Pastoral Team under the direction of the Assistant Principal. We also have a College counsellor who is available each week to see students with particular worries or difficulties.
The Careers Education and Guidance programme is supplemented by careers talks from external speakers, as well as qualified staff based in the Library & Learning Centre. Second year students receive effective guidance that ensures an excellent record of progression to higher education. All students follow a PSHE programme with sessions on such topics as community volunteering, alcohol and drug awareness and staying safe.
We have a College counsellor who is available each week to see students with particular worries or difficulties.
Every year St Dominic’s secures several places at Oxford and Cambridge universities in a wide variety of subjects ranging from Medicine, Maths and Engineering to Economics, Law and History, and all points in between.
However we have also had success in many other subjects in the past few years including: Music, History, Theology, Biochemistry, English, Biosciences, Computer Science, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Economics, PPE, Chemistry and Theology to name but a few.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Dominic's Sixth Form College directly.