Welcome to St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
As the Principal of St Charles I count myself as privileged to work with such a group of talented young people who aspire to improve their lives through education. Every year our students, whatever their starting point, achieve amazing things both academically and personally. The success of our students is a result of hard work and a dedicated team of staff who are passionate about working with young people. Teaching and non-teaching staff help and guide students at St Charles so that they feel valued and supported throughout their time with us.
At St Charles we offer an impressive range of outstanding courses with A level and vocational subjects that allow you to tailor a personal programme of study to match your talents and interests. As well as the academic courses, there are a huge range of different enrichment activities to choose from including: sport, performances, trips and charity events, to name but a few.
St Charles is a Catholic College for the community, which means we welcome students of all faith backgrounds or none. The Catholic ethos of the College places great emphasis on inclusivity, excellence, the development of the whole person and service to those in need. We aim to ensure all students achieve their greatest potential in a community defined by Catholic values which has the person and teaching of Christ at its centre.
Why Study at a Sixth Form College?
Although there may be benefits in staying with teachers with whom you are familiar in the sixth form of your own school, and we respect that, the advantages of moving to a sixth form college are not often explained clearly enough. They are:
A much wider choice of courses, and combination of courses, are available because colleges are bigger than school sixth forms and can afford to run more courses and more classes within each course; it is this that makes virtually every combination possible
Teachers only concentrate on the courses and programmes that are for 16-19 year olds and therefore develop particular expertise and specialisms at that level. At St Charles College, for instance, virtually every department includes teachers that work as examiners or assessors for the relevant examination boards
Students who have already made the adjustment from one institution to another at 16 are better equipped to make the change to university or employment later. You will already have developed the confidence, initiative and maturity that goes with embracing change and dealing with it successfully
Sixth form colleges are organised to retain the support systems and culture that enable teachers to intervene in a regular and timely way ensuring that students stay on track with their studies and achieve to their maximum. All students at St Charles, for instance, will see their Group Tutor at least once a day and often for more extended discussions. These systems are described in more detail in other parts of the website
At the same time, college study allows for greater independence in terms of managing workload, deadlines and study patterns. This is a very effective preparation for university and professional life where much value is placed on skills of self-management
The Library Service at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form supports teaching and learning within the College, through the provision of relevant teaching resources and the development of study and information skills.
The Library Service aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills that help them to become independent learners.
The Library includes:
- 72 study spaces
- A full enquiry service staffed by qualified librarians and an experienced library assistant
- A dedicated area for reading newspapers and magazines
- An upstairs Gallery for quiet, private study
IT & Computing Facilities:
- An IT Room with 28 computers and printing and scanning facilities
- 3 Apple iMacs
- A Library catalogue station
- All computers have MS Office programs and full Internet access
- A bank of electronic resources specifically selected for the students' needs. These resources include online newspaper databases, subject specific revision sites, online encyclopaedias and many more
Resources & Services:
- A collection of approximately 16,000 print items, including fiction and non-fiction
- Daily newspapers
- Subscriptions to a large number of journals and magazines
- An excellent collection of DVDs and DVD players for the students to watch films in the library
- Photocopying (colour and black & white)
- Subject-specific displays and promotions
- A wide range of printed help materials
St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College is proud of its outstanding Learning Support Department. We are a team of five teachers providing specialist support for a huge variety of learners and their specific needs, including:
- Those with a specific learning difficulty/disability
- Learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) needs
- Those who may have had an interrupted educationLearners with low literacy / numeracy skills
- Students who feel they may benefit from coursework planning, organisation as well as revision and exam techniques
We support a wide range of needs and learners, from students on a Level 1 Vocational Studies course to those studying 4 A levels
Students are seen by a qualified teacher on an individual, pair or small group basis generally once a week. Lessons are always timetabled in learners’ free periods; taking place in the Learning Support Department
There are students at college whose needs go beyond one hour a support a week. We aim to see learners who may benefit from specific support when they first come to college for their interview. At enrolment, all students who may need Learning Support will have a conversation with a member of the Learning Support team so that individual needs can be met as soon as possible
As a team, we are proud of the relationship we have with group teachers and subject teachers. Contact is frequent to enable the individual learner to benefit from Learning Support as much as possible.
Last year, we went to see the theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and some of us were lucky enough to meet the stars: Catherine Tate and David Tennant
We have had some wonderful trips to sights around London. The summer excursion to Brighton has become an annual event – come rain or shine!
The network of 94 sixth form colleges across the country make up a highly successful element in the country’s educational provision. On average they achieve better OFSTED grades, better value-added assessments and better success rates than all other forms of provision, including school sixth forms, academies and Further Education Colleges.
St Charles College is highly rated within that group: we are still assessed as outstanding by OFSTED, our valued-added assessments are in the top 25% of providers and our success rate of 86%+, which is the proportion of course enrolments that result in passes, is above the sixth form college average of 84% and a school sixth form average of 80%
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.