St Gregory's Catholic School
ST GREGORY’S IS AN OFSTED OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC SCHOOL, WELCOMING OF ALL FAITHS AND NONE. WE HELP YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUCCEED, NOT JUST ACADEMICALLY BUT AS A WELL-BALANCED INDIVIDUAL.
Our Sixth Form is a vibrant happy and successful community where you can pursue and progress your academic studies, become confident, engaged and articulate such that you will thrive in our rapidly changing world.
We offer a broad range of subjects with all the support you’ll need to springboard into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. A combination of quality teaching and incredible pastoral care together with a range of experiences outside the classroom will inspire, build self-esteem and the confidence to achieve. Our Sixth Formers achieve consistently good examination results enabling them to move on to their chosen path, including Oxbridge, top universities, medical and veterinary schools.
Supporting you along the way
We won't just teach you! At St Gregory's the support given to students, and in particular the pastoral care, is first class. Everyone is known and understood and support is tailored to your needs.
A STEP UP
The nature of Sixth Form study and life is a step up, both academically and in maturity. You need to be a thinker, an organiser and a team member. You will be expected to undertake independent learning of at least five hours per week per subject which will include wider reading and taking an active interest in your chosen subjects.
Our induction programme is well planned, divided between study-based activities and activities to develop group dynamics, encourage team building, leadership and communication skills.
In January, internal Year 11 students will take part in a Sixth Form taster day, to help them discover for themselves the subjects that have the most appeal.
The first two days of Year 12 is dedicated to our induction programme to ensure all students, especially those who join us from other schools, are prepared for their Sixth Form studies. Parents are invited in to meet staff and talk about their child’s Sixth Form study programme.
STAYING ON TRACK
You will be allocated a tutor who will carefully and regularly monitor your progress towards expected grades and ambitions. They provide support and advice where necessary, working with subject teachers. Students are always welcomed to share any difficulties with subject teachers or review tutors and together work out a plan of action. A half hour tutor time at the end of each day is designed to help students reflect and ensure they are on track.
St Gregory’s prides itself on its pastoral care throughout the school and Sixth Form is no exception, particularly as students move towards greater independence and have important decisions to make about their futures. A team of staff are on hand to help you. We also continue the high quality support for any students with additional educational needs, including hearing impairment or have English as an additional language.
What makes us different?
Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre includes specialist classrooms, a lecture theatre, small seminar rooms, supervised independent study areas, a large common room with a café, Bistro6, garden and even it’s own chapel. Sixth Form staff are always on hand to help. Students also have access to a state of the art fitness suite and extensive playing fields with all weather facilities.
There's a great choice of activities aside from your academic studies which give our Sixth Form a real buzz.
Starlight, Drama/musical productions, Sport, Fieldtrips, Day and Residential trips, University visits, Conferences, Community, Head students and leadership, Public speaking, Peer mentoring, Work experience, Theatre trips, Futures Week, Fundraising, Leavers’ Ball, Enrichment.
These activities are designed to develop organisational, interpersonal and leadership skills as well as a sense of commitment to the school community. They will help you acquire the skills needed for working and will allow your confidence and self-esteem to grow. You will experience empowerment, responsibility, empathy, maturity and personal challenge.
Each day we have ‘tutor time’, dedicated to helping students improve their study skills. Communication skills are developed through student presentation, participation debates and discussions with visiting speakers. Careers education, citizenship, mental health and wellbeing and an awareness of moral and social issues are also built into the programme.
All students follow a weekly programme of Religious Education leading to the NOCN qualification. This course helps students to articulate their own faith position and to appreciate the relationship between religious belief, personal faith and lived experience. It provides students with the opportunities to explore a range of wider issues that people address on a daily basis. The problem solving, critical thinking and creativity it encourages is suitable to university, apprenticeship and employment.
We engage with Catholic teaching throughout each stage of students’ academic careers and this course encourages students to be aware and reflective in their studies and lives.
Sport and healthy living WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS ARE FOR SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES.
Students have the opportunity to pursue an activity of their choice ranging from a relaxing social swim to competing at a high standard within county competitions.
The PE team ensure that all students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum. Access to excellent facilities allow the students the freedom and flexibility of choice from a variety of activities, including: football, 7 a-side football, basketball, rugby, athletics, rounders, softball and cricket. Sixth Formers also help with enrichment activities at local primary schools.
As well as extensive playing fields and all weather facilities, Sixth Formers have use of our new Fitness Suite which has a range of top quality equipment.
This structured programme not only allows you to maintain your health, fitness and well-being but also self-esteem, motivation and personal and social development.
Our Sixth Form Football Academy offers a wide range of footballing opportunities and preparation for degress and careers in the football industry.
St Gregory’s U19s football team has been very successful for many years having been Kent Cup winners and North Kent Division 1 champions.
To enrol into Sixth Form you must have gained at least five GCSE passes of grade 4 or above. For A Level, you should achieve the entry requirements for the subject. There are specific entry requirements for all subjects, these are detailed in the individual subject information.
If you have any concerns about specific entry requirements, please discuss with the relevant subject leader or contact the Sixth Form team. It is important that you choose a range of courses that are appropriate to your GCSE results and future career plans.
Careers advice and help in selecting courses is available to all prospective students and also at the Sixth Form Open Evening. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.
"Before Applying" Information
All internal applicants will have ongoing discussions with a dedicated member of staff. You will also need to have a interview as part of the application process. There is a taster day in January for you to sample some Sixth Form lessons in the subjects you are interested in. Successful external applicants will be invited for a meeting at the school with a member of the Sixth Form Team and these meetings will take place from the beginning of April onwards. If you have any queries about the application process please call the school – 01892 527444 Ext 1105
Applying for Courses
If you currently attend a Kent school you can apply for your Sixth Form courses via Kent County Council’s kentchoices portal. If you attend a school outside Kent please apply online via kentchoices and complete our Sixth Form Application Form which should be returned to the school office.
Applications for St Gregory's Sixth Form for September 2020 will open on the Kent Choices website on the 30 January 2020. Please submit your application before the deadline, 1 April 2020.