St James' Sixth Form
Welcome to St James' Sixth Form
Welcome to the St James' Sixth Form website. My name is Alex Aldridge and I am the Head of Sixth Form and will be taking over from Ms McCaffery from September 2021. I am very excited about our Sixth Form and the great work that Ms McCaffery and the rest of the Sixth Form team have completed in the last three years. We have continued to increase numbers, improve on results and develop our extra curricular provision year on year to be in a position where we have over a Sixth Form of over 200 and an increasing number of applicants from other schools. We are a very successful Sixth Form and I know that this year there is going to be even more to celebrate. We are a 16-18 co-educational Sixth Form which welcomes applications from multi-faith or secular pupils who have been successful both in the UK and abroad. We offer a range of academic and vocational courses; Level 2, Level 3 and 26 different A-level courses alongside our tailor made pastoral curriculum and bespoke post 18 guidance.
St James' Sixth Form provides our pupils with excellent and innovative teaching. We work collaboratively as a staff to ensure that our pupils reach their academic potential, thereby enabling them to gain the qualifications and experiences to access university, further education and the careers of their choice. Our pupils understand the importance of working hard independently from day one in order to fulfill the demands of the course. Our brand new facilities now provides our pupils with the ability to focus on their studies and prepare them for university life.
We ensure our pupils are given the opportunity to 'live life to the full' (John 10:10), and develop not only academically but in character, so our students leave our care as well rounded young adults who are prepared for the modern world. Our pupils understand the importance of contributing to the whole school community and are actively encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life. We ensure they are provided with plethora of leadership opportunities; from the whole school leadership team who support across the school community to subject ambassadors, mentoring programmes, paired reading schemes, prefects and the Sixth Form leadership team who organise our charity and social events.
We believe in empowering our pupils to develop and grow in a structured, nurturing, environment ensuring that they achieve their academic potential and flourish as responsible young adults under six core values, which are Excellence, Resilience, Integrity, Trust, Aspiration and Service. We will ensure these six core values underpin our Sixth Form and are the foundation for our unwavering focus on our school motto of Veritas "the search for the truth" which is at the heart of every moment of school life in our Sixth Form.
Year 11 to 12 Induction Week: Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2022
Futures Week: Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022
The students had a wonderful week participating in a wide variety of events. These focused on a extensive range of skills from developing integrity and resilience to aspiration and excellence with our trips to Cambridge University and personal statement writing . Below are photos and messages from the student bout the events during the week and a video of the whole week to share with you. this was created by Josh Tolentino in Year 12. All presentations from this week can be accessed in the Post 18 section of the website
Prior to visiting St Mary's, I was super worried about where I would get the funds for university, and moving out. However, after the talk about student finance, I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with the money aspect and I've learnt how it will work in the future. Overall it was a great and educational experience which I would recommend to future years, as it was fun to see how a university looks, but also what we can do to help ourselves prepare.'
Day 2: Interview Skills Activities and Presentations from Lydia Newton - University of East Anglia (Recruitment Officer) and Jaqueline Lucey (Former Pupil and Manager of Waitrose)
Day 3: Jane Marshall and West London Careers Fair
The students got an opportunity to think about why they want to do a particular subject Post 18. These sessions with Jane Marshall were excellent and the students enjoyed them. This is what they thought - "She was amazing and was really engaging. She provided me with so much more information about how to write my personal statement. And when I went up to her at the end she helped put my ideas together and gave me advice." "She helped structure our personal statements and guided us effectively through what not to write and what is important to write in order to convince universities that we were worth a chance to look at with personal experience and examples". We then went off to a careers fair where the students got to talk to a range of companies about employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
"i am planning to study Architecture, and I am very interested in the involvement and consideration of movement and space, which is often optimised with techniques such as biomimicry and light manipulation. I also read into this paper called 'The Influence of Architecture in Engineering Systems' which explained the fundamental relationship between the exterior that holds and shapes the complex structure that engineering systems have and how they work together to serve a purpose."
Day 4: Cambridge Trip and Personal Statement Writing
9 Oxbridge candidates went on a trip to Cambridge University where they visited a range of colleges, looking at subjects as wide ranging as Architecture to Law and Medicine. They all learnt a lot from the experience and below are two short videos from three of the students about why they enjoyed the trip. All other students wrote a large section of their personal statements, so they can ensure they are ready to hand in their UCAS applications in time for the deadline in the Autumn term.
Day 5: Stubbers Activity Centre
We ended our Futures Week with a trip to Stubbers where the students got to experience a range of activities form Team building, climbing and kayaking. It was great to see the students work together and develop their resilience through the activities, but also the way they all contributed to ensure all of the team completed the event together. they really showed service towards each other and the common good in the way they work. They showed integrity to ensure even those at the back, or not getting a particular action were able to complete the experience together. It was a great day and showed our students to be embodying all of our six Veritas Values in their actions throughout the day. Here are some photos of the day, but do look at the video from Josh for more extensive understanding of the day and the week!