St. Mary's

Sixth Form Student Life

Our Sixth Form motto is “Embrace challenge. Strive to learn. Achieve your goal.” Students aspirations change as they develop and our aim is to support the development of high aspirations and thoughtful career paths. This can include work experience or volunteering opportunities to support job or university applications. Recent examples have been in medicine, nursing, law, engineering, childcare, journalism, photography, graphics, teaching, the media, business, ICT and computing o the list is as varied as our students interests.

We encourage each and every student to find their own niche in the Sixth Form, allowing them to grow academically and socially. This is partly achieved through enrichment time (either by accredited qualifications or general activities), excellent pastoral care, or the many social events organised by the Sixth Form students themselves.

Students have the opportunity to take part in curriculum based activities such as: Downing Street / Westminster and Political Party Conferences with Politics, West End shows with Performing Arts, Hothersall Lodge for a residential Biology field trip, famous art galleries with Art, “The Young Apprentice” with Business Studies, theatre trips with Literature and Performing Arts and field trips with Geography and Biology.

There are also many extra-curricular options available including; school band and choir plays and musical productions, charity and volunteering opportunities, team building, induction and ethos days, sporting activities (competitive and non-competitive), summer trip to Nepal, debate club, quiz nights and other social events run by the Sixth Form.

At St. Mary’s we are proud to have a strong sense of community with a positive and vibrant atmosphere. In the current Sixth Form, we have students from Cardinal Allen, St. Bede’s, St. George’s, Montgomery, St. Aidan’s, Highfield and Unity. These tutor groups provide a focal point for daily administration, and for tutor coaching of academic and personal progress.

A Classroom without walls - St Mary's Travels to Nepal

Nepal trip 2022

We are blessed to be able to lead groups of students to Nepal each year, where ‘the journey of a lifetime’ is not a cliché. Students who have been have changed their life direction in incredible ways as a result of their experiences. Many go on to volunteer in their own community, travel again, volunteer abroad or take career pathways that lead to helping many people.

So why Nepal? There is no doubt whatsoever that immersing oneself in the atmosphere of Kathmandu and exploring the temples of this amazing place inspires each and every person who has dared to explore. Mix this with an exciting opportunity to volunteer abroad and teach children whose aspirations are far beyond our comprehension and you enjoy a unique learning experience like no other.

The expedition has three main elements:

  1. The incredible and exciting itinerary that takes in Buddhist and Hindu temples and their rituals and practices as well as the ancient Newari culture,
  2. The challenging timetable of Volunteer Teaching to 12 classes of children at Shubyakamana Academy and
  3. The personal development and leadership skills of each member of the team.

Enrichment Qualifications

In addition to chosen subjects, students follow a curriculum enrichment programme, tailored to meet individual ability and interest. The aim is twofold; students are involved in choices to ensure the development of transferable independent learning skills useful to Higher Education or future employers and will also gain accreditation through additional formal qualifications. We currently offer Further Maths, EPQ and Wider Key Skills.