Sixth Form

"Why be just a face in the crowd when you can be an individual in a small, vibrant, inclusive, multi-cultural Sixth Form. Bishop Challoner Sixth Form challenges students to excel academically, culturally and socially." - Mr Bryson, Head of Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form students play a unique and valuable role in our school, both academically and in their contributions to the wider life of the school community. In classrooms, focus is on core A level qualifications; recognised by Russell Group and other universities, and Bishop Challoner offers a wide range of subjects to meet the diverse interests and ambitions of its students. We have high expectations of work, behaviour and self-motivation, so that Year 12 and 13 very much feel inspired and recognise that studying for their A-Levels is one of the most enjoyable periods of school life - a time where they can focus closely on the subjects they love most.

Our small class sizes allow teachers and students to develop a real partnership. There is access to dedicated study rooms equipped with computers, as well as a newly refurbished library, and also a comfortable university-style common room for relaxing. Furthermore, St Catherine's Sixth Form Study Centre provides tutorial rooms and a kitchen. Our high level of personalised and individual support is outstanding - from supervised study sessions to academic mentoring, and an excellent range of facilities and resources. Teachers of the Sixth Form have a collective aim to to enable young adults to think independently and critically, developing these transferable skills to serve them throughout their lives.

Students must have gained at least six GCSE subjects with Grade 4 or above including at least Grade 6 for the subject that they wish to study at A Level.  Candidates are expected to achieve Grade 7 or above in some subjects that they wish to study at A Level.  The A Level options booklet 2020 will provide the subject specific requirement for A Level study.  A minimum of Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics is a requirement. Your school will also be asked for a reference, a recent report and your predicted GCSE grades. A Skype interview may be requested for overseas students.  

Students and parents will be able to attend an A Level options evening in October which will give them an opportunity to make decisions regarding A Level choices. 

Students arrange and run events with younger pupils, demonstrating leadership and motivation, particularly through the House System. There is healthy competition for roles such as Head Student and Deputy Student, Chaplaincy Prefect, House and Sports Captains. We are proud of how our Sixth Formers take ownership of their learning and progress, enjoying many cultural experiences (theatre, music, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, sport and charity work). They develop into independent learners and thinkers, in preparation for the demands of university life, the workplace, and life beyond.


“Challoner helped me grow as an individual whilst simultaneously teaching me how to prosper academically. The difficulty of A Levels is not to be underestimated but each and every student receives an experience tailored to them with all the support they should need.” JR, former Y13 Student