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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

About Our Sixth Form

"The sixth form is outstanding. Most students make exceptional progress. Pupil retention rates from years 12 to 13 are very high and A- level results are consistently high."
Ofsted, 2016

You will find St. Benedict’s sixth form smaller than average, with a good range of courses to suit a wide range of abilities and excellent private study facilities. We pride ourselves on the friendly and informal nature of teacher student interaction. In a sixth form like ours your teachers will get to know you very well and your tutor, your Year Head and your Deputy Year Head will provide a range of advice, both informally and through mentoring, that will guide you through your sixth form career and prepare you for the next stage in your education. More details are available in the on line brochure.

Ofsted

The sixth form was rated by Ofsted as “outstanding” in the last two inspections
The latest report after the inspection carried out in in September 2016 included the following comments:

  • “The high standards and excellent progress made by students noted at the time of the previous inspection have been sustained over the last three years. Value-added measures show that, overall, students’ performance is similar to the results achieved in the top 10% of schools nationally. In 2015, the proportions of students attaining the higher AAB grades were above average for all prior-attainment groups”.
  • “Leaders of the sixth form have ensured that this high quality provision comprehensively meets the government’s 16 to 19 guidelines”.
  • “From their starting points, students make rapid progress and achieve AS- and A-level results that are well above national averages”.
  • “Disadvantaged students make progress that is above that of other pupils nationally. This is because they are guided onto the right courses and their needs are provided for by teachers”.
  • “Teaching, learning and assessment in the sixth form are consistently challenging for students of different abilities. Teachers’ excellent subject knowledge enables them to stretch students well through linking topics together”.
  • “A very small number of students join Year 12 without a C grade in either GCSE English or in mathematics. Leaders ensure that almost all of these students achieve these essential qualifications by the time they leave the sixth form”.
  • “Almost all Year 12 students continue their studies into Year 13. Most progress onto higher education. They value the regular information and advice given to them about future career opportunities and the help that they receive from form tutors and sixth form leaders in completing applications to university”.
  • “Students’ behaviour and conduct around the school are exemplary. Students have extensive leadership opportunities in the sixth form which enhance their personal development. For example, some post-16 students act as mentors for younger pupils”.

And from the 2014 inspection report:

  • “The school is one of the top state schools in the country for progression to Oxford and Cambridge”.