16-19 Bursary & Study Programme

16-19 Bursary & Study Programme

The Sixth Form charity for 2020/21 is Lauren’s Legacy.

Size of Sixth Form 2020/21

Year 12 (Lower Sixth): 180 students.

Year 13 (Upper Sixth): 135 students.


Bursary Applications 2020/21

Please note that the deadline for all 6th form bursary applications will close on Friday 8 October 2020. At that point all applications will be considered and students will be notified of their allocation.


St Mary’s and the 16-19 Study Programme

All 16 to 19 students who study level 3 qualifications are given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals.

Study programmes include substantial academic qualifications; non-qualification activities including meaningful weekly work experience or physical education and Core Religion & Life for students not undertaking a qualification in Religious Studies; and the study of English and Maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded 4 or above in these subjects. Students with a level 4 pass in English or Maths are given the opportunity to re-sit to gain a level 5 pass.

Study programmes are focussed on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship or other employment. All students follow a programme of careers lessons in Year 12 and Year 13.

Funding is on a per student, not per qualification basis.

The A level subjects we offer for September 2021 entry are: Art & Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology: Product Design, Drama , Economics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) and Sociology. We also offer BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science and Information Technology.

Please be aware that changes to the list of courses may apply.

Further details can be found in the prospectus under the sixth form area of the website.

Most students take 3 A levels or equivalent which accounts for 18 out of 29 periods (those taking 4 A levels have 24 out of 29 teaching periods). 1 period of assembly and Religion & Life are compulsory for all students in the sixth form as well as daily tutor time.

Progression to university is extremely strong and the Assistant Headteacher, responsible for personal development, oversees references and the application process for university admissions. The Careers Lead teacher oversees alternative provision for those interested in Apprenticeships or Traineeships alongside the school’s Careers Advisor.