The Sixth Form lies at the heart of the community of St Leonard’s Catholic School, providing the best possible environment in which all students can flourish both academically and socially. With the wide selection of A- Level and BTEC courses available, together with extra – curricular opportunities, St Leonard’s ensures that all members can be both challenged by their academic choices and stimulated by the variety of activities outside of the classroom.
Whilst being a vital part of the school body, our Sixth Form recognises its students as young adults. In our own, ever-progressing Martyrs’ building, the Sixth Form provides us with an extensive and exclusive library in which to study and learn. Furthermore with the library’s flexible opening hours we are free to use our time effectively to move forward in our learning. The Common Room also creates a warm environment in which to relax and socialise with our friends. With its own canteen, sofas and outdoor picnic benches, the Common Room is truly the hub of our community.
At St Leonard’s we have a House System which runs throughout the whole of the school which is led by Sixth Formers. As a fantastic opportunity to come together and foster team spirit, the House System unites everyone through sporting and academic ventures. Last year, our competitions have ranged from a ‘bake off’ to quizzes, climaxing in the much anticipated football match, in which both sexes eagerly participated.
Sixth Form life at St Leonard’s is incredibly active and challenging but is equally rewarding and fun. Throughout the two years in the Sixth Form, students are presented with many opportunities for furthering their understanding of their subjects, all of which are fulfilling and valuable to their studies. To name just a few, trips to CERN, Amsterdam and Washington DC have all been successful, not only in creating lasting memories but enriching students learning. However, one does not have to travel abroad to participate in the school’s active community. Sixth Formers are regularly given opportunities to visit museums, exhibitions and plays in the local area. For example in just this past year, students have visited the Nissan manufacturing plant, watched National Theatre productions streamed live to the cinema and attended seminars from university lecturers. Our most popular activity is the Duke of Edinburgh award which each year helps develop and even transform students, both in terms of their communication and leadership skills and importantly, perseverance. Additionally within the school itself, students can contribute to the Sixth Form newsletter- Common Roomers – which provides students with the chance to show off their journalistic and ICT skills to their peers.
What sets St Leonard’s apart from other Sixth Forms is the strong Catholic ethos of the school. By working closely with local parishes, these links have allowed our Sixth Form to take part in productive and effective fundraising tasks, most recently collecting clothes to help Syrian refugees who have been displaced from their countries and are in need of aid. Projects such as these bring our school community closer together and help us to relieve the suffering of those most in need. Coupled with the wide range of charitable and research led trip; to Peru, Lourdes and Mexico, St Leonard’s students have the opportunity to make a substantial difference both in their local area and across the world.
St Leonard’s Sixth Form strives to ‘pursue excellence in and for all’, creating a firm basis for academic success and personal development. We can guarantee that by providing a perfect springboard, our Sixth Form can launch you into life with the qualifications and confidence you need to fulfil your potential.
Kieran and Laura
Head Boy and Head Girl 2016-2017