Welcome to St Leonard’s Sixth Form, a place where all students are provided with a highly challenging and supportive environment to flourish and achieve their goals, whatever they may be. The Sixth Form is very much an extension of lower school, where we all strive towards creating a community that looks out for every individual member, echoing the strong Catholic ethos of the school. We have a wide range of A-Level and BTEC courses, as well as offering countless extra-curricular activities.
Over the next two years, pupils will become students developing into well-rounded members of society and fantastic young adults. Our Sixth Form Martyrs’ building gives us a comfortable and safe environment for this progression to occur, as well as being where most lessons will take place. Our exclusive and well-stocked library provides a quiet and spacious room to work in during study periods, whilst our busy and friendly Common Room provides a more relaxed area, where everyone is welcome to chill and socialise.
At St Leonard’s we have a House System which is active throughout every year group, but which is primarily run by Sixth Formers. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in fostering team spirit and peer support, as well as improving confidence and leadership skills in more senior roles such as Prefects and House Captains. House assemblies will also soon be introduced, where again, the Sixth Form community will be called upon to inspire the younger members to increase participation and encouragement, in competitions ranging from baking to sport.
Although the 2 year A-Level and BTEC courses require hard-work and dedication, Sixth Form life at St Leonard’s is equally fun and rewarding. There are numerous opportunities for students to further their interest and understanding of their subject outside of the classroom. To name but a few from last year, there were exciting trips to Lille, Amsterdam and Edinburgh Zoo, all of which were successful in not only enriching each student’s studies, but also in creating long-lasting memories. A little closer to home, there are also many wonderful societies in school that are led by the Sixth Formers. Last year, the Chemistry Society was very popular with lower school, due to the amazing experiments that were put on at lunchtime, whilst the Physics Society successfully fund raised for a whole school subscription to the ‘New Scientist’ magazine. Our own Sixth Form magazine, ‘Common Roomers,’ is a great platform for students to improve their journalistic skills, writing about anything at all they find interesting. Many students have also challenged themselves by working towards their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, which every year helps develop teamwork and perseverance.
St Leonard’s Sixth Form is not just a Sixth Form; it is a community of people that want to help each other on the next stage of this academic journey. Whilst being challenged and stretched, you will also receive the best support and care available, and will always find a friendly face ready to help. Our Sixth Form provides a dedicated runway that will give you both the qualifications, but most importantly the confidence, to face life and fulfill your potential.
Sakshi and Thomas
Head Girl and Head Boy 2018-2019