Category: Sixth Form
Written by Mr A Caldwell
Thank you for your interest in applying to join our vibrant and successful sixth form at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School. We hope that you will thrive in our sixth form in the next 2 years and be successful so you have the opportunities to make the right decisions in the future.
A copy of the 2015-16 application form can be found below.
We offer a fantastic range of subjects for young people that will enable you to make those important decisions in the future. We have 20 A-level courses and 10 Level 3 BTEC options. Students are expected to take a minimum of 3 subjects from the option blocks. Students wishing to choose a combination of subjects that is prohibited by these blocks should contact the school to discuss their requirements as it is sometimes possible to find solutions to these issues.
We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities: Duke of Edinburgh award, Religious Education, Philosophy, PE, an Elite Rugby Programme, EPQ and Work Experience.
Our PSHE and tutor sessions will ensure you develop as an individual, whilst giving you the skills and confidence to make informed choices for your future.
Full information can be found in the 6th Form Prospectus.
The application process:
Attend our open evening or contact Head of sixth form for a guided tour.
Apply Now: Complete application and return to Head of sixth form.
March- interviews will take place at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School.
April- a letter of confirmation will be sent to all successful applicants.
July- 3 day transition programme and parents information evening.
August results day- students will have 1 week to confirm acceptance of place and course choice.
September- Induction programme begins.
Category: Sixth Form
Written by Mr A Caldwell
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Sixth Form places value on each individual, encouraging and supporting every student to make the most of their many and varied talents. We expect our students to take every opportunity to ensure that at the end of their Sixth Form studies they fulfil their academic potential and develop into confident, well-rounded young people, ready to take their place in the world.
Head Boy and Head Girl
Students who apply for the Head Boy and Girl positions undergo a rigorous and competitive selection process, as they would for a job once they have left school.
The Head Boy and Girl lead the whole school throughout the year and head up the School Council. Other responsibilities include arranging social events, speaking at all important whole school events and coordinating several Sixth Form events always working alongside the Head of Sixth Form and the Head Teacher. As school leaders they will attend key meetings such as the Wellington Leadership Conference and be given additional privileges above and beyond those granted to other pupils. Download a full job description and the application form.
Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl
Working alongside the Head Boy and Head Girl you will collaborate on Sixth Form improvements and planning major events. In addition you will become the head of either "The Community Programme", Adopt-a-teacher, "The Literacy programme" or Newsletter editor. Download the full job description (attachments).
Music and Drama
As with sport, there are opportunities for Sixth Formers to lead and perform in the drama productions or the school band and/or orchestra. Sixth formers represent the school in the choir and perform at concerts. They are actively encouraged to help with coaching the younger year groups in both music and drama.
Year 13 Yearbook Committee
Pupils are selected to edit and print their own leaver's book. This involves regular meetings to discuss the layout, design and articles for their yearbook. As well as the yearbook the Sixth Form act as the editors to the school website blog.
This programme allows Sixth Formers to volunteer as a weekly commitment to read with designated younger students who will benefit from their time and maturity. This will develop students in Sixth Form and shows our younger pupils what it means to be a successful Sixth Former.
This allows Sixth Form students to volunteer on a term-by-term basis to help support a teacher in a subject that they enjoyed in lower school. Whether it's one period a week or several, you will be able to help in a wide variety of ways including delivering lessons, helping coach pupils, preparing materials and even co-teaching if you feel confident enough!
Sixth Formers are actively encouraged to assist younger year groups with Sport by helping through coaching, mentoring and even taking training sessions in conjunction with the PE department.
Sixth Formers will have the opportunity to represent the school at sporting events including football, rugby, cricket basketball and athletics. All these sports develop leadership skills and sixth formers are seen as role models to the younger students. Furthermore, Sixth Form students play a key role in the successful delivery of Sports Day each year.
The Brilliant club – Scholars programme
Last summer I, along with 3 other students, was invited to take part in "Brightside's The Brilliant Club" Scholars Programme. This is a non-profit organisation that aims to introduce university level of teaching to gifted and talented students. We travelled to our initiation ceremony at Wadham College, one of the campuses of Oxford University, where we were given our assignment. This was to write a 2,500 word essay focusing on the issues involving social media in heritage organizations such as museums. At first glance I was uncertain if I should complete this scheme as I honestly had very little knowledge on this topic. However, despite this, I actually managed to graduate the programme and surprisingly achieve a 1st grade along with a Distinction. We received this during our graduation ceremony at Southampton University. None of which would have happened without the guidance from our PHD mentor from Royal Holloway University through our weekly tutorials.
I would definitely encourage anyone to have a go and take part in this opportunity as it honestly has increased my confidence about writing essays at university level. It has also, especially, informed me much more about what my chosen course at university next year entails.
Germina Do Rego - 6th Form Student
Being an 11 - 18 school there many good opportunities for our Sixth Formers to be role models and potential leaders. The development of leadership skills is a real strength of our Sixth Form and students must remember that in the competitive world of university places and securing employment that it is expected that they have moved above and beyond just turning up for lessons!
In Sixth Form we are always looking to develop new ideas and opportunities for our students. If you have a particular area of interest or something that you would like to get started in Sixth Form that we do not already offer why not meet with Mr Caldwell to take your idea forward and make it a reality!