Welcome to our Sixth Form
Our Sixth Form provides a unique, dynamic, enjoyable and highly personalised experience that produces outstanding outcomes in the classroom and across all aspects of School life. We pride ourselves on a truly inclusive and outstanding all-round education, combining the importance of academic rigour with extensive opportunities outside the classroom, all delivered by a dedicated team of high-quality professionals.
In 2021, almost 40% of A-Level grades awarded were an A grade or above, and two-thirds of all grades were B grade or above; seven of our outgoing Year 13 cohort achieving places at Oxford or Cambridge University. Our impressive academic performances are just one factor of the fantastic education provided at The Bishop’s Stortford High School Sixth Form as we ultimately pride ourselves on our ‘Black and Gold spirit’ which drives and inspires our community to do some truly exceptional things.
I do not know many state funded Sixth Form providers that: send all of their Year 12 out on adventure day to enable our students to make new friendships; reach the finals of national schools football competitions; provide 350 students on site weekly enrichment activities; reach the national school debating championships (beating Harrow in the semi-finals); have Sixth Form international trips to Poland, USA, Austria, France, Germany or Russia; give all students an opportunity to be on stage in a play or musical; hear from high profile speakers like Greg James or Huw Edwards; provide specialist one-to-one support for Post-18 applications and careers guidance; contains an one-site fitness suite and dedicated sports facilities; provide dedicated sixth form social and study areas; and enjoy and believe in putting its students first.
On top of all the brilliant things that are already occur in our special community, we are delighted to be moving to a new state-of-the-art new building in January 2023.
We offer you a flexible and wide range of options within our broad curriculum and our staff demonstrate a relentless commitment, empowering you to face life beyond The Bishop’s Stortford High School with confidence, resilience and enthusiasm.
You will be valued, challenged, nurtured and developed within the Sixth Form, and leave our school prepared to take your next steps within higher education or training, or to enter the world of work. We want to support you to become the best person that you can.
Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form
Sixth Form – The Flagship of our School
We offer a great range of subjects to choose from and we would encourage you to choose the subjects which you enjoy the most and to play to your strengths, whilst also bearing in mind any career aspirations that you may already have. For example, if you wish to become a doctor you would need to study Chemistry and Biology. If you wish to become an engineer, studying Maths will be essential. However, if you are not sure what career path you wish to follow, select subjects that you enjoy or find interesting as we believe that our happiest students are our best performing and most motivated. Our own students are more than happy to share their reasons for selecting their subject combinations – so feel free to speak to them during our open evenings, guidance meetings and induction days.
When we come to create our timetable, we do our utmost to ensure that as many subject combinations as possible can be accommodated. To further enhance your curriculum, you will choose an Enhancement Option that is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study, leadership or employment. You can find more information about all our courses – and the GCSE grades that they require – in our Options and Subjects booklet.
Our most recent Ofsted report praised our exceptionally high quality guidance and, if you would like any advice on which subjects to choose, then you can contact the school and we would be very happy to talk through your options.