Every St Edmund’s sixth former is assigned to a personal and academic tutor to support students with academic mentoring, higher education and careers. Tutors will support students and monitor their progress in their chosen subjects.

Students choose from a range of options which can include: the Extended Project Qualification, Sport, Youth Parliament.

As well as academic studies we encourage students to develop their leadership and communication skills. Sixth formers have the opportunity to mentor younger students, support in local charity shops and undertake work experience in their chosen careers.

The St Edmund’s family particularly prides itself in the charity events the sixth form organise throughout the year, demonstrating transferable skills for the world of work.


In the sixth form at St Edmund’s, as part of their religious and spiritual development, all students are expected to contribute to the Catholic life of the Academy. They may do this through a non-classroom based, and no examination Core Enrichment programme. However, students that opt to take A Level Religious Studies are exempt from this programme.

How are students supported in their academic studies and beyond?

  • By subject specialists
  • They have access to advice from the sixth form team.
  • Parents and guardians give support at home.
  • Monitoring systems provide information that students follow and benefit from.
  • Universities run sessions offering advice.
  • Other routes (college, apprenticeship and jobs) are discussed and explained.

Do students have opportunities beyond their academic studies?

All students are given the opportunity to take part in a range of enrichment activities. This gives the students a chance to explore areas other than their academic studies.

  • Work Experience – gives students the opportunity to look at the world of work. This is essential for anyone who wishes to enter teaching or the health service. We recommend that all students should participate in some form of work experience, at some stage in the Sixth Form. University admission tutors and employers look favourably at young people who have developed their skill base.

Other opportunities include:

  • Choir/Folk Club/Bands/Orchestra
  • Charity work
  • Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • Prefect or Senior Prefect
  • Planning and running the Senior Citizens’ party
  • Leading school events
  • Academic mentoring
  • Medics Club
  • Youth Parliament
  • Use of the school gym
  • Community support
  • NCS Challenge
  • EPQ
  • Various enterprise activities
  • Social events
  • Rewards trips
  • Meeting with local businesses