Welcome to Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
The Bennett sixth form is built upon success. Bennett students achieve excellent A level results with a large proportion achieving A*-B grades, in challenging academic subjects. This happens because of the school’s strong shared ethos and values, our absolute belief in the potential of every single student to achieve, our expectations of hard work, commitment and tenacity, outstanding teaching and pastoral care. Those students aiming for high grades at A level achieve them and go on to secure places on courses at the most prestigious universities. Bennett is also an inclusive sixth form, offering the widest range of A level courses locally, which meets the needs of a full range of interests and aspirations.
The Bennett sixth form provides outstanding teaching. Our 2012 Ofsted inspection said that “teaching is highly effective... Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and lessons are characterised by a range of carefully selected activities that accelerate and deepen learning.”
Support for students in the sixth form goes the extra mile. We have a dedicated team of sixth form advisors, a full-time school chaplain and a school nurse. This wrap-around approach is characterised by intensive one-to-one preparation for university application and a strong record of year-on-year success in enabling students to secure places at Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group and other highly regarded universities.
Bennett students are given outstanding opportunities and are challenged to achieve beyond expectation, not only in their studies, but also in a huge range of co-curricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, where significant numbers of students each year achieve the Gold Award. A full programme of school visits includes expeditions to a range of developing countries, as well as sports and music trips, and of course a programme of study visits.
Sixth formers take a lead in our school life, developing a wide range of interpersonal skills. Our recent inspection noted the impact of this on our students: “Sixth formers are wonderful role models for younger students and excellent ambassadors for the school.”
Bennett sixth form has dedicated state-of-the-art study facilities in a Sixth Form Study Centre that opened in January 2014. We also have a fully-qualified librarian, working to support students in our large and fully stocked academic library.
Students in the Bennett sixth form enjoy access to a full range of sporting and exercise facilities in our Sports Hall and across our extensive grounds.
As a directly licensed Duke of Edinburgh Award centre we are fully equipped to be able to offer our sixth form students a very wide range of outward bound activities including kayaking, and mountaineering, as well as the usual support for expeditions.
Our dedicated sixth form support team includes not only student advisors, who take the lead in preparing students for university applications and providing academic mentoring, but also a school nurse and school chaplain.
The process of joining the Bennett sixth form begins with intensive and personalised guidance about the choice of courses for the sixth form.
Throughout the sixth form our students’ progress is be carefully monitored, with both students and parents kept informed and interventions put in place to get students back on track where this proves necessary.
In the large and inclusive sixth form, 143 students took A Levels & Diplomas this year. Another superb pass rate was achieved with 100% of all examinations passed. 57% of all A Levels taken were passed with grades A* - B, and 75% were passed with grades A* - C. Value added is once again strongly positive, indicating that in the Bennett sixth form students make stronger progress that the average from GCSE to A Level. Most importantly perhaps, most students secured places at universities of their choice, inclding at some of the prestigious universities in the country.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.