Our Sixth Form


Welcome to Sixth Form

‘Why be just a face in the crowd when you can be an individual in a small, vibrant, inclusive, multi-cultural Sixth Form. Bishop Challoner Sixth Form challenges students to excel academically, culturally and socially’.

Bishop Challoner Sixth Form is very much seen as the transition between school, university and a life of work. It is vibrant multi-cultural community of young men and women the majority of whom have chosen to return to Bishop Challoner following their GCSEs, however we also welcome those who have completed their GCSEs elsewhere, at other Catholic or non-Catholic schools.

The Sixth Form has a strong academic base and our small size allows us to go further, encouraging students to become independent thinkers who engage and question the learning process through natural intellectual curiosity. The focus is on core ‘A’ level qualifications as these are recognised by all universities. Bishop Challoner offers a wide range of subjects to meet the diverse interests and ambitions of our students and we have high expectations of them in terms of their commitment to their studies and their self-motivation.

We match this with a high level of individual support, from supervised study sessions to personal academic mentoring, and an excellent range of facilities and resources.  Our Sixth Formers have access to dedicated study rooms equipped with computers in the Cottage as well as access to the newly refurbished library. There is also an elegant, university style common room for relaxing!

Sixth Form students play a unique and valuable role in the school, contributing actively to the wider life of the school community.  They arrange and run events with younger students, demonstrating tremendous leadership and motivation, particularly through the House System.  The Head and Deputy Student, Chaplaincy Prefect, Prefects and various House and Sports Captains play a particularly key role in school life and competition is fierce for these positions of responsibility.

Bishop Challoner students are interested young people who enjoy a variety of cultural experiences alongside their academic pursuits. Lecture programs, Music, Drama, STEM Science Club, Duke of Edinburgh Award and the School Service Award run alongside a wide range of sports activities and sports leadership. Next year the Geography Department are planning a school trip to the West Coast of the USA and the PE department are taking our footballers on tour to the Netherlands.

All Sixth Form students are expected to get involved in some of these activities which enrich their lives culturally and develop personal and team skills vital in an ever changing work environment. Indeed the whole concept of these enrichment activities is to enhance the development of well-rounded, caring, independent young people with a strong sense of moral and social responsibility.

The Sixth Form is pre-University style culture with extremely high expectations and challenges, but equally high rewards at the end.  It probably constitutes the best days of school at Bishop Challoner for many students.