Sixth Form Context 2020-21

There are currently 178 students on roll in Sixth Form, studying a minimum of 3 x A Level or Level 3 BTEC subjects and benefitting from a very strong enrichment programme. In any given year, approximately 80% of the Year 13 cohort will progress onto Higher Education, with the remainder either commencing employment, training or continuing their education in local FE Colleges. We have consistently been in the top 25% of providers nationally over the last 3 years for validated results.  

Following the move to linear assessment, the majority of Level 3 subjects in Sixth Form are now taught as two year courses with no A/S entries as we believe that this offers the best preparation for final A Level examinations.   

In response to Covid 19, school closed on March 20th 2020 and Year 13 mock examinations were disrupted this same week. Consequently, Year 13 students completed their mock examinations in September 2020 after approximately 5 months absence from school.   Throughout the period of enforced closure, the focus of remote learning via the VLE was to encourage students to stay engaged in academic activities and to reinforce learning on a daily basis.  

During this time not all students had equitable access to home learning, which has inevitably impacted on student experience. This impact was most negative on disadvantaged students and whilst staff provided  additional support and worked incredibly hard to mitigate the  impact of enforced closures on learning, St Julie’s High school serves areas of high disadvantage, therefore a high proportion of our students will have been negatively affected by enforced closures.