Teaching and Learning

Learning at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Sixth Form is cooperative: teachers and students work together to develop skills and understanding.

Our ambition is that every lesson should be engaging, challenging and enjoyable. Our teachers are approachable, well-qualified specialists, hand-picked for their expertise and academic background, who have incredible subject knowledge, a passion for learning and an understanding of young people.

Progress is monitored very closely and specific interventions are available to support all students to achieve their targets. Teachers and support staff strive to give every student the opportunity to experience success. Effort and achievement is praised and celebrated throughout the school year.

UCAS and Oxbridge Guidance

“I have worked at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in various roles for 25 years and have also worked for Oxford University.

Currently, my role involves tutoring students for entry into the most competitive courses (Law, Medicine, Engineering, etc.) at the most competitive universities, such as Oxbridge, Russell Group and Ivy League Universities. This role is unique to the Convent and means that students here are very well supported in their university applications. We are extremely proud of our success as students leave us and go to the universities that provide the best courses for them. Our success rate at Oxbridge is admirable.

I also work as a consultant for the Brunel Urban Scholars Programme and am involved in developing a specialist scheme with the Sutton Trust/Fulbright for students wishing to apply to top universities in the USA. This involves summer schools at Yale and Harvard at the end of Year 12, followed by the full application process in Year 13. Unsurprisingly, it is very competitive and is open to students from across the UK, but this year we have two students in the final stage of the application – testimony to the calibre of our Sixth Form students.

The investment placed in having someone employed in my role demonstrates our commitment to supporting students beyond their life within the school. We are determined that our students are facilitated in accessing the best opportunities available to them so they are able to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions as they prepare to compete with others nationally and globally.”

Mr J Colley, Oxbridge, Russell Group and USA University Programme Mentor