Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic School
The Sixth Form plays an important part in St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon-upon-Tyne, providing role models for younger pupils, a feeling of maturity, interest and challenge for their teachers. For the pupils Sixth Form can be an important stepping stone towards personal and academic fulfilment. Certainly in terms of academic success, our Sixth Form performs superbly, not just on a local scale but in national terms also. The Sixth Form, however, offers so much more than just academic excellence.
There is a strong sense of community and Christian identity which sustains our students as they make their transition to adult life. The staff, well acquainted with the students, are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They use this knowledge to help them mature and realise their personal and academic targets. In fact, it is the strength of the pastoral system and moral development of the student which provides the atmosphere in which all students can give their best and which has led to the high academic reputation that the Sixth Form enjoys.
Our central aim remains clear: to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential. In order to facilitate this we have continued to develop the school. We are a National Support School and were awarded Teaching School Status in 2011, one of the first 57 secondary schools in the country to be recognised in this way. We opened a high quality building that replaces the old portakabin and joins the refurbished English Block to the rest of the school. These exciting new ventures together with our present high standards of technology and accommodation will only further enhance the success enjoyed and shared by all students and all subjects.
Our investment will provide present and future students with an even greater opportunity to realise their true potential in a fresh environment which is welcoming, stimulating and challenging. Once again, the school had an extremely successful year as regards to public examinations. In Year 13 there were 137 candidates who completed a wide range of qualifications. Of these, about two thirds completed mainly GCE Advanced Level qualifications and about one third completed vocational qualifications. If our results from 2012 are compared with the national results from 2011, the latest available national dataset, our students would be in the top 7% nationally.
Whilst examination results are not everything, they are extremely important and it is therefore most satisfying for us to be able to report that our school is a place where our students do have the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. We are firmly committed to maintaining these standards and confident that our students will leave with both the personal and academic attributes that will enable them to go forward into the outside world with confidence and maturity.
Mr J. Parkinson - Head Teacher
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.