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Welcome to St Wilfrids Catholic High School

TASTER DAY - Friday 29 June 2018 8.50am - 3.10 pm

The day will enable prospective Post 16 students to sample our full range of A-Level and BTEC courses.  This will assist you to make fully informed decisions about your course choices for September 2018.


OPEN EVENING - Thursday 9 November 2017 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm



Thank-you for taking an interest in St. Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College.  Our Sixth Form offers a distinct learning environment where the gifts and talents of all our young people are carefully nurtured and enriched. 

Students make outstanding progress and are extremely well supported in a caring Christian environment.  We welcome applications from young people of all faiths who wish to benefit from, and are able to support, our Catholic ethos.

Our students consistently achieve excellent examination results and we provide an outstanding curriculum catering for varying ability levels.  Through careful guidance and support by a dedicated team, students can choose from a wide range of subjects and qualifications at either A level or vocational level.

If you are considering applying to St Wilfrid's, I ask that you take time and visit our Sixth Form.  You can be assured of a warm welcome and I am confident you will be impressed.  We are very proud of our students, who benefit from the experience for the rest of their lives and have developed spiritually, morally, academically and physically. 

We look forward to welcoming you to St Wilfrid's in the future.

Andrew Lewis - Director of Post 16

About us

Helen Gilroy - Headtecher


St Wilfrid’s is a friendly and purposeful 6th form of 400 plus students, offering a wide range of courses.  We offer an outstanding curriculum, which has received a number of national awards. Students are able to choose from a very broad range of subjects and qualifications that include diplomas and vocational qualifications alongside traditional A’ levels. We have also extended our curriculum to include the AQA Baccalaureate which combines traditional A Level study with an Extended Project, Critical Thinking AS and Enrichment Activities which give students the opportunity to demonstrate their all round talents.  We enjoy high levels of success in all of these, and through a comprehensive induction program offer a personalised learning programme to suit each individual requirements. Our enthusiastic, experienced, and well qualified staff will ensure that you are helped to reach your full potential, and our outstanding tutor system gives each student the support they need. Class sizes allow more individual tuition and in addition we also offer very good facilities to support our students. The 6th form is a supportive learning community, where everyone knows each other, and where each individual can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. We welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds, but our Catholic and Christian ethos is at the centre of everything we do.


St Wilfrid’s is easily accessible by public transport from all over the area, but has the advantage of being situated in pleasant rural surroundings.Student Quotes: A sixth form student says: “Long before September, I felt I was already very much a part of the 6th Form school community after taking part in the various induction events …”Another sixth form student says: “Here we have an extremely warm and welcoming environment and everybody is committed to ensuring we get the best education possible … excellent student and teacher relationships ensure we achieve our best in all areas while still recognising and catering for our individual needs and abilities … St Wilfrid’s is not just about exams .. We are also encouraged to contribute to the running of the school.”

Facilities available

To give students the best chance of success, we have recently invested in new facilities, so we can offer up-to-date computer equipment a study base and a common room with satellite television and its own catering area.Teaching / Learning In addition to a full range of well equipped specialist teaching areas, much of the 6th form teaching takes place in dedicated areas, offering the right atmosphere for reflection and study.We have an impressively equipped learning resource base in which 6th form students have their own separate area with access to all the latest software and hardware as well as free access to the internet on new flat screen computers. We also have over 700 other computers in various locations within curriculum departments. Common Room This offers a comfortable, friendly place to relax and get together. A range of hot and cold food is available from a snack bar open all day and only for the 6th form.  It’s the centre of the social life of the 6th form. Tutorial and monitoring arrangements We believe in giving you as much support as is needed, while allowing you the freedom to develop academically and personally. To do this, we develop a close partnership with you and your parents working together to achieve success.

Everyone is assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your welfare and progress through your time in sixth form. Tutorials are a daily and integral part of each individual’s programme of study. During this time there are a range of activities to prepare students for university and the workplace. This includes preparing assemblies, a current affairs morning as well as debates, presentations and an inter form quiz.  We also monitor progress, prepare students thoroughly for both exams and the UCAS application process. Tutor groups are small, and tutors aim to encourage and support the development of the range of personal and social skills that our competitive and demanding world demands.  Subject staff regularly provide tutors with brief reports and current grades, so that your progress can be monitored. The aim is to offer support and encouragement, and keep up communication between all those involved in your learning, without being too restrictive.

Additional support

We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses available. Each prospective student will be offered a Progression Discussion starting September 2017. During this meeting, we will help you to personalise your programme. If you wise to follow a purely A-level programme, you should have a strong GCSE average point score of 5.8 or above. This would mean that your GCSEs are mostly A*-B. It is possible to mix-and-match A-Levels and Vocational programmes with an average point score between 5.0 and 5.8. to work out your GCSE APS you would need to add up the points for each GCSE you have and divide it by the number of results.


GCSE Grade:      OLD                   NEW

A*                        8 Points     8.5

A                                          7 Points     7.0

B                          6 Points     5.5

C                          5 Points     4.0

D                          4 Points     3.0

E                          3 Points     2.0

F                          2 Points     1.5

G 1 Points 1.0


For English, Maths:

9           8 Points

8           7.7 Points

7           7 Points

6           6.3 Points

5           5.7 Points

4           5 Points

3           4 Points

2           3 Points

1           1 points

Many students progress through vocational courses, entering at a suitable level and working towards university through this alternative pathway. BTEC is a well recognised qualification in the world of employment and highly respected by Higher Education Institutions. If you wish to follow a BTEC National course you should have achieved Grade C or above in at least five GCSE subjects.

Learner success

Academic performance at St Wilfrid's is extremely strong with the majority of our students progressing to university.   For more detailed information about learner success or the application process  please contact us using the information below.

Need to know more?  If you would like to be given a personal tour by a sixth form student, please contact, Sixth Form on:

Tel: 01977 691000 ext 259

Direct Line:  01977 691014


How to apply

You can apply for courses at St Wilfrids Catholic High School through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 24 July 2017
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