“The continuing success of the Association is firmly rooted in the shared Christian ethos and values of the two schools. We seek to enable all our young people to gain the skills and confidence needed to enrich their own lives and the society in which they live. We believe that the Associated Sixth Form is a very special place in which to grow and learn and we are proud of what we can offer to both new students and existing students in our schools. We hope that you will enjoy exploring all that we have to offer.”
Mr R Pritchard BSc (Hons) – Headteacher, St John Fisher Catholic High School
Mr J Wood BA PGCE – Headteacher, St Aidan’s Church of England High School
The Associated Sixth Form was created in 1973 as a unique venture in ecumenical education. Its aim is to provide a Christian environment in which all students who wish to remain at school beyond the age of 16 are given the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential. This is achieved by pooling the resources, staff expertise and experience of two outstanding schools for the benefit of all Sixth Form students.
Courses are offered at GCE Advanced, Advanced Subsidiary, Advanced Applied, BTEC Level 3 Diploma and GCSE Levels. Last year some 490 students advanced to Higher Education. The Sixth Form has increased dramatically in the last few years and, with 1185 students between St. Aidan’s and St. John Fisher, it can offer a rich diversity of choice. The Association can also offer opportunities for students to work on extended projects and to be involved in a range of enrichment activities that may lead to accreditation within the AQA Baccalaureate.
Students enter the Associated Sixth Form not only from St. Aidan’s and St. John Fisher, but also from more than 40 other schools in any one year. We believe that such a wide and varied intake helps to enrich the life of all students. It certainly provides all entrants with a challenge and the impetus of a fresh start. The evidence suggests that this experience is of great benefit when students make the transition from school to university.
The St. Aidan’s and St. John Fisher school sites are close together and teaching is shared between the schools. Students meet in lessons, common rooms, assemblies and combined sporting and social activities. All students undertake a broad programme of General and Religious Studies. Both schools provide vital research facilities with a full range of books and periodicals and Internet access aimed particularly at Sixth Form courses. An additional state-of-the-art Study Centre is available exclusively for Sixth Form students to facilitate independent work and there are also Sixth Form Centres for the brief periods of leisure time.
Staff and students at each site elect representatives from whom the Head Boy and Head Girl are chosen. These committees have become essential to the successful leadership of both the Sixth Form and the two schools; their members gain invaluable understanding of management and provide a welcome influence at school events.
Students manage their own facilities and organise sports, musical and dramatic events. They also participate in service to the community; fund raising for local, national and international charities; helping staff to run school activities; and assisting within lessons, particularly in relation to pupils with special educational needs.
SUCCESSFUL AND POPULAR…
Ofsted has reported that the Sixth Form provides an outstanding all-round education, with exceptionally high quality
teaching for students whose attitude to learning is superb. Parental feedback has included the following:
“I felt that I wanted to write to express my immense gratitude to the Associated Sixth Form for a fantastic two years; it has provided the best possible environment in which to flourish.”
“We are delighted with her
effort and achievement and
give grateful thanks to you for
developing a shy and less than
confident child into an articulate
and strong-minded young
“Thanks for the care and
dedication; he could not have
had a better springboard into
higher education in any other
“Thanks for the professionalism
and dedication that has enabled
a special daughter to achieve her