- Sixth Form
I am in Y11 at SJB. Do I need to apply for SJB Sixth Form?
If you are currently an SJB student in Y11 you do not need to submit an application. We will be asking you to confirm if you wish to remain at SJB into our Sixth Form, in the spring term of Y11. At this stage we will also ask you to confirm your subject choices. These subject combinations will inform the design of the Option Blocks for September 2021 Entry. However, following results day, you may if you wish, adjust your subject choices on enrolment day in September 2022.
I am in Y11 at another school. How and when do I apply to SJB Sixth Form?
We very much welcome applications from students attending other schools. All applications for September 2023 entry must be submitted between Monday 7 November 2022, (when our applications window opens at 9am), and Wednesday 21 December 2022, when applications will close at midday.
The link to submit your application will be uploaded to this page https://w.sjb.school/sixth-form/external-applicants/ and will go live in November, 2021. On this page you will also find details of our application process and a link to our Admissions Policy, which details our eligibility criteria.
How many students from other schools do you admit?
Historically we have admitted between 15 and 25 students each year from other schools.
What are the academic entry requirements for SJB Sixth Form?
Currently, the minimum qualification profile is a minimum of Level 5 in English and Maths PLUS three further subjects at Level 4 or above. However, many of our subjects have a higher grade requirement if you wish to study that subject. Please check the individual subject requirements here: Subject Requirements
What are the main differences between the main school and the Sixth Form?
Sixth Form students study a smaller number of subjects but in much more depth. You will be expected to carry out extensive independent learning to supplement your lessons. Each subject will set an additional 6 hours of independent learning per week. Don’t panic – we factor this into your overall timetable by adding study periods throughout the week to help you manage the increased workload. Lessons are largely the same as in main school, although class sizes are smaller in the Sixth Form providing greater teacher support.
Your time in the Sixth Form is very much a transition period, preparing you for university (HE), apprenticeships or Further Education. Part of this transition means increased freedom and the expectation that you become more independent. This means that you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning and try to resolve any issues you have yourself (with our support). You will also be expected to manage your time effectively and be positive role models for the rest of the school.
The pastoral support is slightly different in the Sixth Form, when compared to the main school. We have a ‘Sixth Form Team’ made up of Mrs Kenny (Head of Sixth Form), two Heads of Year Miss Clark (Year 12) and Mr Vaughan (Year 13), plus two non-teaching members of staff, Mrs Risman (Sixth Form Manager and Head of Careers) and Mrs Areington. The advantage of this structure is that there is always someone available for help and support should you need it.
What subjects can I study at SJB?
We offer a range of A Level and BTEC subjects at SJB. A full list of the courses we offer can be found on the subject tab. Each subject has provided an outline of the course plus a video explaining a bit more about it.
How many subjects will I take?
All students take a minimum of three subjects in Year 12. Some students (subject to approval from the Sixth Form Team) choose to take four subjects. These can be all BTEC subjects, all A Level subjects or a mixture of the two. There is also the opportunity to take an EPQ starting in Year 12 and submitting in Year 13.
What would my timetable look like in Year 12?
Along with your three subjects, your timetable also includes three other compulsory elements: study periods, Spiritual Development and Key Skills. Study periods are timetabled periods where you go to the Sixth Form study room, are registered and complete your work independently.
What opportunities are there in the Sixth Form to develop myself further?
We offer a wide range of additional opportunities that students can get involved in. Every year we appoint a new Sixth Form Leadership Committee. The committee is led by the Head Boy and Girl along with their deputies. Each committee member oversees a different element of the whole school leadership structure for example, Sport, Spiritual life, Learning & Teaching, ICT, Charity, Mental Health or the Environment. Students also have the opportunity to mentor younger students either academically or pastorally.
In addition to this, all students take part in the Key Skills programme on a Wednesday afternoon. This provides students with the opportunity to learn something new or to participate in something they already love. In the past few years we’ve offered the following activities (the activities vary each year):
- Sign language
- Volunteering at a local primary school or a home for the elderly
- School Magazine
- Debate / current affairs
- Football / netball / basketball
- Running club
- Music / band
- Young Enterprise
How will I be supported in my faith journey?
We are first and foremost a Catholic Sixth Form. This underpins everything we do it is what makes SJB such a special place. We welcome students into the Sixth Form from all faiths and ask only that everyone embraces and supports our Catholic Ethos. All students have timetabled Spiritual Development lessons once per week which provide the opportunity to stop and reflect and to explore faith in greater depth. Students are also welcome to join the Wednesday morning prayer group and Mass which takes place every Friday in the School Chapel. Many of our Sixth Form students also volunteer to go on the Lourdes Pilgrimage as helpers. Those who have been, describe it as a life changing experience.
What support am I given with the transition from Year 11 to Year 12?
Unlike some other post-16 providers, we provide you with a tutor who you will see every morning for the first half term. Tutor times activities in that half term are focussed on ensuring a smooth transition. You look at time management, independent learning skills and resilience. After the first half term tutor time remains for 3 mornings each week with Thursdays and Fridays becoming the opportunity for tutors to meet their tutees for one to one sessions. This ensures that the support you need is personalised. Along with this, we invite outside organisations and speakers to work with you to provide further transitional support.
Who do I go to if I need help?
Your class teacher should be your first point of contact with any subject specific concerns. As mentioned previously, in the Sixth Form you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning. This means building good working relationships with your teachers so you can go to them should you need additional support. Communication is key.
Your first point of contact for any other concerns should be your form tutor. Most form tutors will stay with their form group for the two years you are in the Sixth Form. They will be the staff members that you get to know the best and they will be the ones who write your reference when you leave us. If your form tutor is unavailable, you can contact your Head of Year or any other member of the Sixth Form Team. There is always someone available to help should you need it.
What support can I expect in terms of my Next Steps after Sixth Form?
We have a comprehensive 2-year programme of support for our Sixth Form students, which provides information, help and advice to support students whatever their onward journey. Throughout the programme there will be opportunities to engage with a wide-range of activities and events to equip you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your Next Steps. Click here to see just some of what our current Sixth Form Students will be engaging with in the year ahead.
What destinations do SJB students typically embark on?
The Head of Year 7 visits all our feeder schools in June to meet with the students and their current teacher. If your child isn't coming to SJB from one of our four feeder schools then don't worry the Head of Year 7 will still speak to their current teacher to find out all about them. We also run a Year 6 into 7 day at the end of June where all the new Year 7s come to SJB for the day; this is great opportunity for them to experience what life is like at SJB and what it is like to be part of a year group of 240 children who move around the school between lessons. This is a great day and the students all get the opportunity to meet some of their new teachers and make some new friends before starting in September.