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Sixth Form

Mrs Craddock - Head of Year 12


I am immensely proud of our Sixth Formers. 

Their academic achievements are excellent and St. Paul’s features consistently near the top of the league table for all non-selective schools in Birmingham.  As well as this, our Sixth Formers are outstanding role models to younger pupils who see them as sources of inspiration in the way they purposefully conduct themselves with good grace, decorum and generosity.

Our Sixth Form Centre is a place of learning and success but also an environment in which students thrive personally and socially.  The staff-student relationships, which are characterised by a friendly, humorous and relaxed atmosphere, contribute to the success of the Sixth Form experience.

The staff of St Paul’s welcome into our Sixth Form both those who have not previously studied here as well as those applying from our own Year 11.  The Common Room area enable all students to integrate quickly into the life of the Sixth Form.

All the staff recognise the holistic nature of education and the Catholic Christian ethos helps us to nurture and develop the spiritual as well as the academic, physical and social aspects of the individuals in our care.

Sixth Form Life

As a student you are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, which not only enrich your educational experience but allow you to bring that ‘little extra’ which makes the difference to successful employment and higher education applications.

Sixth Form students regularly go on curriculum related visits and partake in extra-curricular experiences, either in support of their studies such as University Masterclasses or purely for pleasure, such as our popular trip to Paris.

Mr Gupwell - Head of Year 13


 I feel very fortunate to be Head of Year and my mission is to strive towards improving the life chances of every single student that enters our Sixth Form. I have heard great things about the motivation levels of the current Year 11 and I am sure that our new applicants will bring the same enthusiasm to succeed. Together we will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of excellence.'

Leadership Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for you to develop leadership qualities by serving on various committees or applying for the responsible role of Senior Prefect in Year 13.

Senior Prefects make invaluable organisational and leadership contributions to the school, for example by working with Form Tutors and their pupils in Years 7 to 12.  These roles carry heavy but enjoyable responsibilities, which prepare you for leadership posts in adult life.  You can use your initiative in organising various Year and Form events such as Talent Shows, Sporting Activities and the annual Christmas Pantomime which give excellent experiences of working with young people.  There is also the opportunity to be elected by peers and staff into the privileged role of Deputy and Head Girls.

All girls are assigned to a small form group and the role of the form tutor is to:  

  • Ease the transition between GCSE and Advanced level study (same form tutor for Years 12 and 13)
  • Provide help and support
  • Be there to listen
  • Encourage and motivate the girls
  • Lead in the spiritual life of the Sixth Form
  • Provide regular monitoring and reporting
  • Offer career advice and guidance
  • Write personalised university references

Entry requirements

  • For Advanced Level Study you need 5 Grade 5/Bs at GCSE level for entry to our Sixth Form.
  • Often you need at least a 5/B grade in the subjects you wish to study at Advanced level.
  • Some subjects will also have other criteria, e.g. for Mathematics you need a Grade 7.  Please see prospectus for further details.
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