Students entering our Sixth Form look forward to excellent educationally and personal support. We recognise this is time when important decisions are made about the future and young people at this age are defining their personalities and character. It’s a time when a sense of direction and purpose kicks in, and more importantly, a time when individuality is shining through.
Our Sixth Form students share common aims to develop academic rigour, close friendships, career ambitions and independence in a caring and lively environment. Dedicated staff who support them, encourage each and every student to embrace a sense of possibility in what they can achieve, and to obtain the ambition and confidence to be the best they can.
The pages within this section will give you a real flavour of Sixth Form life as a Dukie, from the academic opportunities and expansive array of lifestyle activities, to the independent living and leadership responsibilities.
Being a Dukie is a very special credential to have in this competitive world, and past students are fully committed to developing a Dukie network with our current students through development of The Dukies’ Association and the Next Step Programme.
Fantastic A level results
We have celebrated success at A Level and BTEC with more than a third of our students obtaining A* - B grades. All of their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of all our students, and the staff who helped them along the way.
A total of 49 students in Year 13 selected A Level and BTEC courses, with a 95% pass rate. The School is particularly pleased 41 students will be going onto university to continue their education.
Outstanding success includes: Richard with A*A*AA in Photography, EPQ, English Literature and Geography respectively; Eslava with AAB in French, Spanish and Maths; Taylor with Dist*Dist* in BTEC performing Arts; Will with AAB in English Literature, EPQ and Politics; and Oliver with ABBB in Spanish, English Literature, History and EPQ.
Principal, Alex Foreman said: “Well done to all our students and it’s gratifying to record improved results, particularly after our Ofsted inspection which noted that stronger leadership of the Sixth Form is having a positive impact on students’ rate of progress. Inspectors added that our Head of Sixth Form Hannah Couves has ‘injected greater challenge and rigour into teaching and learning, coupled with better monitoring and tracking of students’ results. Expectations of students have been raised’, and this has certainly shown in the results. Also, it’s pleasing to see that all our students will move into either higher education, training or employment.”
We offer 80% academic scholarships to students that gain at least 8 GCSE passes including English and Mathematics, grade 7 or above in 5 or more GCSEs and can demonstrate an excellent behaviour record. A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for high achievers in sport, drama, music and military.