ST BRIGID'S SIXTH FORM
Ages 16- 19
At St. Brigid’s we aim to provide a supportive and exciting sixth form experience, which gives students the opportunity to pursue academic interests whilst being guided by a team of excellent specialist teachers. Our school’s friendly and positive ethos enables young people to grow into adulthood with confidence and whilst cementing friendships.
The Sixth Form at St. Brigid’s is a time for students to develop a broader awareness and understanding of the world around them and how they play a part in shaping it. As a school with a strong faith tradition and ethos, we hold the concept of service in high regard and are deeply committed to helping our students to become compassionate and resilient leaders; we believe that young people have the potential to bring about positive change both within the local and global community. Our sixth formers are role models for the rest of the school and a particularly rewarding aspect of this is interacting with the younger pupils, further developing St. Brigid’s strong sense of community.
Small teaching groups mean students learn to listen and present their ideas with thought and coherence, preparing them for university learning. Teachers also have flexibility to personalise learning, whilst nurturing students’ individual interests within an atmosphere of support and challenge.
We enjoy an academic tradition, with our students regularly accessing high calibre universities such as Oxford and Cambridge and the institutions within the highly competitive Russell Group. Alongside this, we also have a strong culture of creativity and enquiry, as well as a track-record of developing students as independent learners and as leaders. Many of our students go on to pursue careers in the creative arts and attend highly regarded courses, more recently at The Central School of Speech and Drama and The Arts Educational School, London, for example. All students are valued at St. Brigid’s and we are proud of all of our students fostering an atmosphere where everyone is valued for their individual strengths and talents. This is celebrated at the end of every year with our annual Prizegiving ceremonies.
As part of the Denbigh Consortium, we work closely with our neighbours, Denbigh High School in particular, as well as Coleg Llandrillo and Coleg Llysfasi. This is an extremely positive aspect of our sixth form experience as it enables students to access a broader curriculum offer as well as to make new friends. Our students enjoy the opportunity to take a subject at another centre and this is an ideal step towards preparing for Higher Education.
A TYPICAL DAY
A Typical Day:
The school day starts at 8.50am with registration.
Registration period is used for assemblies on some days, which might be spiritual form time or whole school assemblies.
Clubs and activities take place at lunch time and CCF is after school.
Here is an example of a timetable for a 6th form student.
8:50 - 9:15
9:15 - 9:45
Travel Time/ Self Study
9:45 - 11:20
8:50 - 9:15
11:35 - 12:35
12:35 - 1:20
1:20 - 2:20
2:20 - 3:20
End of Day
ALL THE EXTRAS
At St. Brigid’s, we have our own Combined Cadet Force on site, which allows students in the senior school to access a range of experiences and to gain additional, worthwhile qualifications from climbing and canoeing to marksmanship and flying. Our sixth form students regularly get to demonstrate leadership and initiative through their CCF experiences, whilst also developing significant team-working skills. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is also run by our dedicated staff and this enables students to show their commitment to volunteering and lifelong learning, through acquisition of new skills, as well as determination and resilience when completing their expeditions. Please visit Careers Wales for more information about future pathways.
Students are also encouraged to develop important life skills and contribute to the school community through running clubs for our younger learners, ranging from Drama Club to sports clubs. Our prefect team has a prominent presence in the school on a day-to-day basis and the students also organise social events such as the Winter Ball and also the Leavers’ Ball at the end of the academic year.
I am very proud to introduce you to the sixth form at St. Brigid’s School. Please look at our prospectus for further information and do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss anything or to arrange a visit.
Helen Parry-Hughes, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA
Head of 6th Form
Applications for September 2023 from students in at St Brigid’s School or Denbigh High School will be made via the students’ current school. For any prospective candidates wishing to apply from other schools, they should do so through the school that hosts the majority of their preferred option subjects above (i.e. If two of the three chosen options from columns A to D are taught at St. Brigid’s School, the application should be made through St. Brigid’s School and vice versa.)
All initial applications or declarations of interest must be submitted for initial planning by the end of Friday 24th March 2023.
** Level 3 Public Services Double Award - This Subject must be chosen in both columns A
Coleg Cambria Llysfasi - A Small number of full-time land based qualifications are available as part of the consortium. Please contact Coleg Llysfasi directly for details.
All candidates must choose 3 options from columns A to D, with the core-studies (Skills Challenge Certificate) representing the fourth AS level subject. Candidates wishing to study four options would only be able to do so if they achieved exceptional GCSE grades and with the agreement of the Senior Leadership Team. This is in the interest of student wellbeing and due to the significant workload this would present. Under normal circumstances candidates must attain a B grade at GCSE in the subject that they wish to study in the
6th form. In the case of subjects that may not have a preceding GCSE or Level 2 qualification (e.g. Psychology), candidates would be expected to have attained a B grade in GCSE English and a C grade in GCSE Mathematics.