At St Bart’s we understand that Sixth Form is about more than purely academic achievement. Our Sixth Form experience is designed to promote student well-being, a sense of belonging and a vibrant learning environment.
St Bart’s Sixth Form was recently rated as outstanding by Ofsted (October, 2021).
Inspectors praised ‘the rich variety of post 16 subjects on offer’ commenting that ‘Sixth Form students show real determination in their learning through focused study’ and are ‘well-prepared to continue their education on to university or to enter the world of work’.
A Bright Future
Students make excellent progress in St Bart’s Sixth Form. In 2023;
- Half of all grades achieved were at A* to B, and over 75% were at C or better. These results are particularly impressive given our open-access entry, providing opportunities for all students to achieve.
- 22 students gained at least 3 A*/A grades or better, with eight achieving this high standard across four subjects.
- Nearly 200 St Bartholomew’s students took up places at universities across the country and many others have secured places on competitive apprenticeship programmes.
We have an exceptional record in terms of getting students into university, including for Medicine, Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. We also support high numbers of students each year into employment or apprenticeships. All students benefit from a full Employability Skills programme and careers advice throughout the school year, including external speakers and advisers. There is a focus on gaining skills for life and supporting students in securing work experience placements or volunteering opportunities as part of their study programme. Read more about Y13 Destinations.
A Wide Choice
As a large Sixth Form with over 600 students, we are able to offer an exceptional range of subjects. If you want to study Criminology, Computing, Film Studies, Languages, Music or Photography, you may find that we are the only local option for you.
Class sizes are carefully controlled to ensure the best possible student experience and our subjects are supported by state-of-the-art facilities. Sixth Form students also enjoy exclusive access to their own study areas and common room with cafe.
A Portfolio of Co-Curricular Activities
The Sixth Form represents a significant change from your experience of school in Years 7-11. You will be expected to work independently and will be treated accordingly and given new freedoms. There is a wide portfolio of co-curricular activities in which we actively encourage involvement and leadership. There is truly something from everyone: from sport, subject representatives, school officers, lower school mentorship, music, dance, drama, debating, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Combined Cadet Force.
We believe that it is important for all students to take part in some kind of physical recreation during the school week. The school enjoys a considerable reputation on the games field, and at Sixth Form level there are inter-school fixture lists. Sports are also available to Sixth Form students on a more social basis on Wednesday afternoons.
A Busy Social Calendar
An active social scene is driven by our School Officer team, comprising the Head Students and House Captains. The team organises a huge array of highly popular events including charity food banks, Christmas quiz, open mics, clothes swap, crafternoons, well being events, the prom and the Winter Ball. Students are encouraged to make their own suggestions for additions to this busy calendar.
A Supportive Environment
The House system is a key feature at St Bart’s. All students belong to one of the four houses: Curnock, Davis, Evers and Patterson (named after former students who lost their lives in the First World War) and each House has a designated Sixth Form Leader with an overview of students’ achievements and targets. In addition to their subject teachers, all students also belong to a tutor and tutor group (which is made up of both Year 12 and Year 13) providing support every step of the way.
For further information on entry requirements and applying to our Sixth Form please visit our Admissions and Apply page.