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." - Mr Bryson, Head of Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form students play a unique and valuable role in our school, both academically and in their contributions to the wider life of the school community. In classrooms, focus is on core A level qualifications; recognised by Russell Group and other universities, and Bishop Challoner offers a wide range of subjects to meet the diverse interests and ambitions of its students. We have high expectations of work, behaviour and self-motivation, so that Year 12 and 13 very much feel inspired and recognise that studying for their A-Levels is one of the most enjoyable periods of school life - a time where they can focus closely on the subjects they love most.

Our small class sizes allow teachers and students to develop a real partnership. There is access to dedicated study rooms equipped with computers, as well as a newly refurbished library, and also a comfortable university-style common room for relaxing. Furthermore, St Catherine's Sixth Form Study Centre provides tutorial rooms and a kitchen. Our high level of personalised and individual support is outstanding - from supervised study sessions to academic mentoring, and an excellent range of facilities and resources. Teachers of the Sixth Form have a collective aim to to enable young adults to think independently and critically, developing these transferable skills to serve them throughout their lives.

Students arrange and run events with younger pupils, demonstrating leadership and motivation, particularly through the House System. There is healthy competition for roles such as Head Student and Deputy Student, Chaplaincy Prefect, House and Sports Captains. We are proud of how our Sixth Formers take ownership of their learning and progress, enjoying many cultural experiences (theatre, music, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, sport and charity work). They develop into independent learners and thinkers, in preparation for the demands of university life, the workplace, and life beyond.

“Challoner helped me grow as an individual whilst simultaneously teaching me how to prosper academically. The difficulty of A Levels is not to be underestimated but each and every student receives an experience tailored to them with all the support they should need.” JR, former Y13 Student