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Welcome to Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

IC6 was established in 2004 and is the joint sixth forms of Central Foundation Boys' School, Highbury Grove School, Highbury Fields School and St Aloysius' College. We provide outstanding sixth form education in a friendly, supportive and productive learning environment.

Over 700 students enrolled at IC6 in September 2012. A large number of our students come from outside the four partner schools that make up IC6.

We are exceptionally proud of our achievements last year:

• 'Outstanding' value added (ALPS)
• 99% Achievement
• Highest in Local Authority
• 10% A*- twice National Average
• Value Added Top 5% London

In 2010-11 IC6 was inspected by Ofsted twice and received one of only 13 'outstanding' grades nationally for sixth forms. IC6 was described by Ofsted as having many 'outstanding features'; the systems in place for monitoring and supporting students across IC6 were praised as 'excellent' and the curriculum and student achievement were highlighted as 'outstanding'.

About us

IC6 provides a focused and adult environment in which students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

Enabled by the broad curriculum we can offer we provide expert advice and guidance to ensure you are placed on the appropriate course at this crucial stage of your education.

A key factor in the success of IC6 is that all of our 700+ students can access the facilities and expertise associated with each school. Drawing on the combined resources, teaching qualities and strengths of our four partner schools we aspire to develop a culture of learning underpinned by a strong commitment to individual student welfare.

Facilities available

All four members of IC6 are specialist schools and therefore have specialist facilities, wider portfolios and expert staff.

Central Foundation Boys' School      Specialist Business and Enterprise School
Highbury Fields School                       Specialist Science and Maths School
Highbury Grove School                        Music Specialist School and Business Enterprise College
St. Aloysius' College                           Specialist Maths and Computing College

Each centre has its own:

  • Sixth form common room
  • Careers and UCAS teams
  • Head of Sixth form
  • High levels of IT and resource centres
  • Sporting facilities
  • State of the art laboratories

Two IC6 partner schools moved into brand new buildings this year, a third has had a high specification refurbishment and the fourth is about to start their Building Schools for the Future development.

Additional support

Progress and achievement are closely monitored and supported by highly experienced, motivated and dedicated teachers and support staff. Weekly tutorials and termly reports allow for the monitoring of agreed targets.

Learner success

Progression from the consortium to universities and employment is excellent and students are closely guided on their career paths by a strong careers and higher education support team who can advise on careers and higher education and who offer specialist guidance on the University Application Process (UCAS).

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 11 July 2017
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Key information


  • A: Highbury Grove School
    • Address:
    • LONDON
    • N5 2EQ
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    • Course enquiries: 0207 017 3040
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    • Highbury Grove is a hardworking and successful school with a clear sense of identity and purpose. Our commitment to excellent teaching and good practice in education has earned us a longstanding record of outstanding results and we continue to raise standards year after year. The progress our students make from 11-16 puts us in the top 5% of schools nationally. We encourage
      and celebrate achievement in all aspects of school life.

      There is a well-established sixth form with the students very much part of our whole school community. Last year 99% of students achieved their qualifications and value added was graded as 'outstanding'. Students are positive role models for the lower school, many with important positions of responsibility.

      Excellent facilities are provided in a dedicated sixth form area including study room, common room, teaching rooms and IT suites. There is also a dedicated team of tutors and staff that work specifically with sixth form students.

      Highbury Grove is a designated Music Specialist School and Business Enterprise College - dual specialisms awarded in recognition of our exceptional Music programmes and our commitment to equipping our students with essential life-long skills.

      In January 2010, we moved into our fantastic, state of the art school. The new buildings incorporate the latest technology, sustainable architecture and the most advanced resources.

      'Highbury Grove is an outstandingly effective school.'

      'Students feel very well supported and confident to achieve because of the outstanding care, guidance and support they receive.'

      'Students engage enthusiastically in a very wide range of artistic, sporting and cultural activities which are supported by specialist professionals.'

      'The leadership of the headteacher is exceptional; she is very ably supported by a highly effective leadership team, who have embedded a culture of continuous improvement within the school community.' OFSTED 2010

  • B: Highbury Fields School
    • Address:
    • LONDON
    • N5 1AR
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    • Course enquiries: 0207 017 3040
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    • In 2011 Highbury Fields School achieved 100% pass at A level. The Student Perfomance Grade at A Level was graded "outstanding" by ALPS. At AS Level we achieved an 84% pass rate, well above the national pass rate of 70%.

      Highbury Fields is a Specialist Science and Maths College. This status was awarded in recognition of our teaching expertise and our excellent facilities.

      Highbury Fields is a small and caring school with strong traditions and a long history of success. We have a calm and purposeful atmosphere in which our students fully engage in their learning and take pride in their achievements.

      We have a very strong track record of good academic results, consistently above the national average, as well as exceptionally high progression rates to university. Our students' performance is rigorously monitored to ensure that each has the best opportunity for personal success. Sixth Form tutors hold regular 1 to 1 mentoring meetings with students throughout the year, to review progress and personal development.

      We are a diverse community in which students from different backgrounds get on really well together. Relationships between students and staff at Highbury Fields are warm and mutually respectful; we place great importance on empowering our students to become contributing and
      assured young adults.

      At Highbury Fields we take pride in the relationship students build with their tutors. Students show impressive maturity, both in their contribution to school life, and in their relationships with others.

      Sixth Form students at Highbury Fields follow a comprehensive tutorial programme consisting of study skills, Citizenship, PSHE, and UCAS support. This is complemented by visits from a variety of outside speakers, and trips, which are tailored to students' academic needs.

      Highbury Fields has a separate sixth form common room with IT access for work and research, and students have access to the network room in the library for private study.

      "Relationships are positive and productive and students enjoy their lessons. Students of different abilities are challenged and interested by their work.” OFSTED 2009

  • C: Cental Foundation Boys' School
    • Address:
    • LONDON
    • EC2A 4SH
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    • In 2011 Central Foundation Boys' School achieved a 99% pass rate at A level and was graded 'Outstanding' by ALPS placing it in the top 5% of post-16 providers nationally for value added. It has been in the top 10% of sixth forms nationally for value added over the last three years.

      Central Foundation is a unique school. A blend of modern and traditional values. We are inspired by exceptional history and the success of our alumni. Whilst at the same time looking always to the future
      Founded nearly 150 years ago with the purpose of transforming the lives of boys through education. We are as committed to this founding purpose today as our founder, William Rogers, was in the mid 19th century.

      At Central Foundation we are committed to all our students achieving outstanding outcomes and leaving us as young people equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge, understanding and qualifications necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

      Central Foundation Boys' School has been a Business and Enterprise Specialist School since 2003. The school has also been awarded British Council International School Status and Investors in Careers Part 1

      The school was inspected in November 2010 and Ofsted judged the sixth form provision to be 'outstanding' and made the following comments:
      • Achievement is excellent
      • Students benefit from an outstanding curriculum that is imaginative and flexible
      • The overall effectiveness of the sixth form was rated as outstanding
      • Leadership and management of the sixth form were rated as outstanding
      • There are exceptional links with the community, for example local lawyers and other businesses provide students with high quality support and advice when preparing for university or the world of work
      • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support was rated as outstanding
      • Excellent support for students in and out of lessons leads to students' outstanding achievement

      The excellent facilities of the sixth form centre include seven fully equipped ICT rooms, which are also used for teaching and private study as well as a common room. There is a large sixth form
      team which comprises of the Deputy Head (Curriculum), Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, Careers Officer, Attendance Officer and Study Supervisor.

      'Staff know the students exceptionally well and the exemplary care and guidance ensure they are given highly effective personalised support.' OFSTED 2010

  • D: St Aloysius' College
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    • LONDON
    • N6 5LY
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    • For the fourth successive year St Aloysius is the highest achieving secondary school in Islington. Last year 75% of students that sat their GCSEs achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.

      St Aloysius is a school of tradition, having served the local Catholic community since 1879. We are a caring Christian community offering our students a high quality education in a disciplined but caring environment.

      We aim to treat students as individuals and to bring out the best in each student. This includes achievement to the best of their potential, but more particularly their personal development so that they can play a full and positive role in our local community and society in general. The school believes that education is essentially a partnership between parents and teachers and we actively seek to practise this.

      St Aloysius is a specialist Maths and Computing College and we have 250 computers available for student use and we firmly believe that the proper use of information technology can greatly assist our students' learning.

      We were delighted to be part of the Islington phase one Building Schools for the Future programme which has given us a new school building appropriate to the needs of the 21st century. We are continually updating facilities; as well as our own thirteen acres playing fields just ten minutes' walk away, we have a brand new sports pavilion and a new music block.

      'St Aloysius is now a good college.'

      'Standards are rising faster than the national trend. This success owes much to a dedicated core of
      teachers who are passionate about the college.'

      'There is a common sense of purpose and a strong determination to do the very best for the boys at
      St Aloysius.'

      'Parents and pupils are overwhelmingly positive about the college.'

      OFSTED 2006