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Sixth Form Life

Students often say that Sixth Form is where they spend some of the most enjoyable years of their school life and St Philip Howard Sixth Form offers a vibrant and happy place to study. As a member of the Sixth Form you are joining a long established and successful Sixth Form with an excellent reputation in the community. 98% of our students receive all five of their University offers.

Sixth Form life is not the same as Year 11 study. Students are treated more as adults and are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, as well as setting a good example to the younger students with regard to behaviour, appearance and general attitude to work. You are taught in smaller groups, you have more independent study time and are given Sixth Form privileges.

We are here to ensure that you receive the guidance and support you need to flourish, both academically and personally. Students will be allocated a personal tutor with whom they will meet on a regular basis. The tutor is there to support you in your work, to oversee your progress, and to provide guidance on the choices you will make in the near future.

Assessment Periods

Each student will have 13 lessons per subject over a 2-week timetable. In addition they will have one Assessment Period lesson for each subject every two weeks. Assessment Periods are ongoing so students will sit a paper, under exam conditions, on a topic they are learning about at that time. The benefits of Assessment Periods is that students and teachers get a clear view of where they are in their learning, where the gaps might be and what they need to work on to improve.

Enrichment and Core RE

Every alternate Wednesday afternoon students are given time for enrichment. During this time students can do a number of things from sports activities, board games, following a first aid course, supporting students in younger years or volunteering within the community. Many students take this time as an opportunity to take part in activities that are going to boost their personal statement if applying to university, or application if applying to an apprenticeship.  During this period, talks and information sessions are also organised by our Careers' Advisor.

Once a fortnight all students are expected to attend a timetabled Core RE lesson.

The Sixth Form Café

Students are lucky enough to have their own dedicated Café, next to the Sixth Form Centre, which is run by the lovely Mandy. The café is only open to Sixth Formers and teachers and sells a variety of things including hot and cold food and drink, morning pastries, bacon butties, snacks, sweets, and a variety of fruit. Students are expected to work quietly in the Sixth Form Centre or study rooms (which are available for small groups).  Students can also work quietly in the café.

Option Blocks for September 2021 Entry







Business Studies



Dance & Movement


BTEC Sport


English Literature

Computer Science



English Language





RE: Philosophy and Ethics


Media Studies


BTEC Applied Science


Further Mathematics

DT – Product Design






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