Welcome to St John's Catholic Comprehensive School
Welcome to the St John’s area of the on-line prospectus and thank you for considering St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School as a Sixth Form destination. We hope that before you make this important decision regarding your post-16 education, you will come and sample the atmosphere and discover for yourself what St John’s has to offer at our Open Evening on Wednesday 15th November 2017 which begins at 7pm.
This is an exciting time to be entering the last phase of your school education. Most of you will continue into Higher Education or find a job which will have a training and educational element in it; either way your time in the Sixth Form will act as the bridge to whichever pathway you ultimately choose to follow. Your compulsory education is nearly over and you should make this next step in the full knowledge of what to expect. We wish you well as you make the most important decision in your education so far.
Please be advised that the functionality on UCAS Progress has changed this year. Any student who is currently attending one of the following:
- a school which is out of this county
- an independent school
- a school which is not based in this country
will need to self-register on UCAS Progress (to make an application). The following is the link for self-registration on UCAS Progress: https://www.ucasprogress.com/account/pickaschool
***CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 6pm - FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY***
St John’s is a Catholic Comprehensive school. Those two words - Catholic and Comprehensive - can mean the same thing - universal. We are a school for both boys and girls; we accept all abilities between the ages of 11 and 19. We are a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural school, and whilst we are a Christian community we have always welcomed pupils of other faiths. We are very proud of our heritage of inclusion and this will remain our position in the future.
St John’s Sixth Form is inclusive and we strive to value and respect each and every individual who joins our vibrant community. We encourage all of our students to aspire to academic excellence and success, believing that there are no limits to a student’s potential.
Our Sixth Form curriculum is bespoke to the needs and abilities of each student, providing stimulating academic and vocational opportunities which develop confidence and nurture individual talent.
We are committed to the highest standards of teaching, learning and pastoral care – achieved through a combination of challenge, support, encouragement and praise – and, by working in partnership with parents/carers, we empower our pupils to achieve success and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Two or three year Sixth Form- Our offer comprises of both academic and vocational pathways. We also offer a mixed pathway and three year Foundation Pathway. Our academic pathway features a range of ‘A’ Level courses (minimum entry criteria 5 x GCSEs at grades A* - B plus English and Maths at Level 5) Our vocational pathway features a wide range of BTEC courses (minimum entry criteria 5 x GCSE at grades A*- C and/or Maths and English at Level 4. Some students follow a mixed pathway where they study two vocational and one academic course, To qualify for the mixed pathway, students must have 5 x GCSE at grades A*- C and/or Maths and English at Level 4, they must also have at least a B grade or Level 6 in the subject in which they would like to take at A Level.
Our Foundation Pathway offers a three year sixth form and is designed to enable those who do not meet initial entry requirements to study at Level 3 to study a foundation year where they will work towards qualifying for Level 3 courses. Students can then continue in sixth form on a vocational Level 3 route or take up an apprenticeship.
Typically, most students are encouraged to begin their Sixth Form studies with four subjects as well as an enrichment subject, such as the Extended Project, General Studies, Work Skills or Sports Leaders. We also offer students the opportunity to resit Mathematics and/or English if they have not yet achieved a grade ‘C’ at GCSE. Students will then have the option of taking three or four of these subjects through to the full ‘A’ level or equivalent in Year 13.
LIFE IN THE SIXTH FORM
The Sixth Form in any school occupies a very special place; at St John’s it is our belief that it reflects the ideals and ethos of the whole school. We strive to develop our Sixth Form students from school pupils into young adults who are ready to take their place in the world of employment or higher education. We hope then that our students will move on to become members of a thoughtful and caring community, or by their example, help to engender such a community.
Demands on you will be high, as will our expectations. We believe though, that education is about more than exam results, important as they are. The jump from Year 11 to the Sixth Form is a big one both academically and socially; different relationships develop between students and teachers in an atmosphere in which much greater self-reliance and responsibility is placed upon the student. Each student follows his or her own timetable which will not include a lesson for each period of the week. Periods for non-timetabled lessons are spent in private study in designated study areas and the onus is very much on students to make full use of these opportunities.
We, at St John’s, are committed to the fact that post-16 life is about more than just the courses that you study or even where you study them. That’s why we provide a large range of enrichment opportunities and run special events to ensure that you leave school a well-rounded individual, ready to take-on the challenges of the wider world.
- 6th Form Private Study Area
- Staff/6th Form Cafeteria
- Art Loft
- Media Suite
- Recording Studio
- Dance & Drama Studios
- Sports Facilities
Each student is part of a form group and will have regular one to one meetings with their form tutor as well as support in completing personal statements and C.V’s. Students also have a HOY who is there to provide support and opportunities for further enrichment and participation in school life and the wider community. Students are encouraged to join the prefect system or mentor younger students in the school, either academically or pastorally. Sixth form students also benefit from having a pastoral manager who gives one to one support where necessary.
Students are given a high level of advice and guidance with the UCAS application process from both internal and external sources. Students are also aided in developing the transferable skills of communication, working with others and problem solving, which are so highly valued by employers and university admissions tutors.
As well as the high percentage of our leavers who go on to university, we are also able to provide the opportunities for our other students to find employment, further training or apprenticeships. We, at St John’s, are extremely proud of the success rates of our Sixth Form and we take great pride in being able to support all of our students in realising the next step of their life’s journey.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.