It should prepare young people for independent living, for university or for making a start in a chosen career.
We encourage students at St Joseph’s College to use their time in the Sixth Form to develop more than just academic knowledge, and to pursue as wide a range of interests as possible. A broad programme of extra-curricular activities provides the opportunity to extend academic study, to take up volunteering, to further sporting or cultural interests, to travel and to develop and explore independent ideas.
The new Sixth Form Centre, opened in September 2016, supports the vision we have for our Sixth Form, providing a tailor-made environment for the enhanced cultural and enrichment programme that is on offer to our students.
The Birkfield Society organises regular cultural and social events for all Sixth Form and Year 11 students. A wide range of visiting speakers inform, stimulate discussion, challenge and engage students in many issues and topics. It also provides a window into life after school and university.
The Orwell Society debating forum aims to develop students’ confidence and ability in public speaking, as well as stimulating intellectual challenge across a range of thematic and at times controversial subjects.
In addition to these activities, there are of course many sports and arts opportunities, overseas developing world projects, and the popular Duke of Edinburgh award programme.
For students’ academic and career development there are bespoke tutorial programmes, and a dedicated Futures’ Co-ordinator provides advice and connections to higher education, careers, employers and work experience.