A Catholic Sixth Form

The Convent of Jesus and Mary 6th Form is a centre for academic excellence. We have provided high quality Catholic education for more than 130 years serving the community in Willesden, Harlesden and the surrounding boroughs. We nurture our students and enable them to develop a wide range of skills as we guide and support them towards realising their ambitions.

 

Our 6th Form students are supported by a team of specialist staff. Form tutors meet with students twice a day during morning and afternoon registration to share information, check on wellbeing and reflect on current affairs, as well as delivering weekly personal development lessons. The Head of Year supports with academic or other concerns and develops strategies to ensure students are able to make continuous progress. Assemblies with the Head of Year or other Senior Teachers encourage reflection and enhance motivation. The Pastoral Support Manager monitors attendance, punctuality and wellbeing. The school chaplain is also an integral part of the 6th Form team and she works closely with students to nurture and develop spiritual resilience at this stressful and formative time in young people’s lives.

 

The learning journey: Choosing the right pathway.

 

1 Year Level 2 Pathway

Retake GCSE English and/or Maths and 2 courses at Level 2

Achieving grade 4 at Maths/English and at least a Pass in both Level 2 vocational courses will then open up level 3 courses which will require enrolment the following year.

 

2 Year Level 3 Pathway

3 Subjects at A level/BTEC leading to further study or training for example University or Apprenticeship.

 

The entry requirements for each pathway and subject can be found here.

 

 

Academic Support and Development

  • Workshops and talks from our in-house Aim Higher UCAS advisor throughout the two-year process.
  • Speakers from national programmes and private business provide information and support for apprenticeship opportunities, career pathways and professional mentoring.
  • Targeted mentoring for Oxbridge, Russell group and USA candidates including application process, subject choices, and interview practice.
  • Individualised UCAS support for each student including personal statements, UCAS forms, institutions and subject choices.
  • Annual visit to the Higher Education Conference to meet representatives from national and international universities.
  • Weekly personal development lessons planned and tailored to meet the academic and pastoral needs of Year 12 and 13 students.
  • Talks from current university students and graduates about university life, how to choose courses and budgeting.
  • Support in registering onto prestigious and valuable taster days, residential courses and Summer University courses.

 

What that means for our 6th Form

Our students succeed!

In the summer of 2019 47% of all A Level grades were A*, A or B and 79% were grade C or above. Every year, the vast majority of our year 13 leavers are able to take up their first choice place at renowned universities, including many from the prestigious Russell group. Our students are accepted on an impressive range of demanding and competitive courses including Medicine (4 students in 2019), Veterinary science, Law, History, Nursing, Psychology, Politics, Drama, Maths, Languages, Engineering, Biochemistry and so many more. We successfully support and guide students towards achieving their ambitions of achieving the highest grades, studying the most competitive degree courses and attending the most prestigious institutions. Our students regularly achieve places at Oxford and Cambridge or apply for and receive fully funded Fulbright scholarships to Ivy League US universities.