Sixth Form

A warm welcome to St Katherine’s School Sixth Form.

With a record-breaking results in two of the last three years – 57% of students gained A*-B or equivalent in 2017 – St Katherine’s Sixth Form promotes a love of learning and independent enquiry. We offer a broad range of A Level and vocational courses to suit learner needs.

Our students become well equipped with the necessary skills for continuation into further/higher education, training or employment.  Our Sixth Form is a close knit community of like-minded 16 – 19 year olds who are fully supported in achieving their goals, we are proud of our exemplary pastoral care.  Each student is part of a vertical tutor group (a mixture of year 12 and 13 students) and benefits from a close working relationship with their tutor.

In addition to this, the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form are on hand to guide the progress of each student from transition into year 12 until they take their first steps into the wider world.

The Sixth Form facilities are designed to provide a learning environment that supports study for a broad range of programmes that reflect the changing educational and employment climates around us.  These include: AS, A2 and Vocational courses as well as GCSE re-sit opportunities in Maths and English.  We also run level 2 and 3 professional cookery courses and Chef Apprenticeships via the School of Cooking in our bespoke hospitality and catering facilities.

The Sixth Form has a dedicated learning resource centre with everything you would expect to help you complete your assignments. Through the use of Google Classroom and Chromebooks, the sixth form offers cutting edge, 21st century teaching and learning.  We share the well-equipped science laboratories, art spaces, IT suites, a dance and performing arts space and a sports hall with the main school.

A Level Results – August 2017

Sixth form students are celebrating a record-breaking set of A level results.   The number of students achieving A*-B grades at A level jumped to 49%, an all-time high, with 78% of students achieving A*-C grades, another school record.  The overall pass rate was 98%.

Coupled with students achieving Distinction grade or above in vocational subjects, 57% achieved A*-B grades or equivalent with four in every five grades awarded to students at Distinction* or Distinction. 

These excellent results helped students move on to their chosen pathway with most  students securing their first choice university destination, including Russell Group universities. A number of students successfully secured higher level apprenticeships with a number of employers including Network Rail and North Somerset Council.

The Head of Sixth Form at St Katherine’s said:
“We are extremely proud of all our students who have worked incredibly hard and achieved record-breaking results. There have been many exceptional performances which are testament to the dedication and perseverance shown by our students, as well as teachers and parents.  These results have opened doors for our Year 13’s and they now successfully move onto university, apprenticeships and employment.”

Justin Humphreys, Head of School, added:
 “These excellent results reflect the hard work and determination of students and their teachers and I would like to congratulate them all.   I am delighted to see that students have performed exceptionally well across academic and vocational subjects and are being rewarded for their commitment and dedication over the past two years.  As Year 13 leave our school community, we wish them all the very best for successful futures in their chosen pathway.

Choosing A Course

The level of course you should study depends on your GCSE examination results, further explanation is provided below. You should also consider the following points whilst choosing which courses would suit you best.

  • Do I achieve better results in coursework or examinations?
  • Which subjects will I enjoy?
  • Which GCSE subjects am I good at?
  • Are there new subjects that I have not studied before?
  • What are my future career aspirations?
To help you decide you should consult:
  • Careers staff or Learning Partnership West
  • Parents/Carers and teachers
  • Subject specialists available at Open Evenings
  • Course leaflets for detailed information of course content
  • College Tutors at your admission interview
Two Year Full Time Programmes

Level 3
These include AS/A2 Levels, Level 3 BTECs. They all carry university entry points (UCAS points) – the difference is in the way that they are taught and assessed. Generally AS and A-levels are academic subjects that rely on examinations and coursework, BTECs prepare you for work through practical assignments and coursework. Most students take a combination of 4 courses at level 3 which can include AS/A2 Levels and BTECs (NB the Level 3 IB Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-levels and therefore equates to 2 subject choices).


Sixth Form Courses

Please select the courses below by clicking on the drop down arrows

Hospitality & Catering Apprenticeships

The Catering and Hospitality industry is made up of many sectors including; hotels, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions, events management and contract catering.  At St Katherine’s we offer Apprenticeships through our Post-16 centre in conjunction with our partners, Weston College. Apprentices will be able to enjoy all the support of a large college, whilst still being part of a Sixth Form community.   We work with a large number of employer partners including restaurants, hotels and event management companies in the Bristol area to provide the best environment for apprentices to do their training.

As with all apprenticeships you will be employed and learn ‘on the job’ whilst earning a wage.  Specialist workshop training and technical exams will take place in our state of the art professional kitchens and training restaurant – The Leaf at Ham Green.

St Katherine’s is the only school in the nation to have full professional catering facilities including kitchens and a licensed fine-dining restaurant that is open every Thursday during term-time to paying customers.  This gives our students the chance to gain valuable practical experience under the watchful eye of their tutors.

For more information on apprenticeships click here

How to Apply

Students can apply to the Sixth Form at any stage of the academic year but courses run from September until July.  Although we are a North Somerset School, St Katherine’s Sixth Form is open to all students regardless of their home location.

Parents and prospective students are encouraged to visit us at our Open Evening or by appointment for an individual meeting.

You can apply via this Google Docs form or by downloading the application form below

For further information please download our prospectus, telephone the school on 01275 373737, or email Steve Colebourne, Head of Sixth Form on

Sixth Form tours

We’d be delighted to welcome you to visit St Katherine’s to get a better idea of the wide variety of post-16 learning opportunities we offer and life in the Sixth Form.  To arrange a visit please email:

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