Sixth Form Welcome
The Sixth Form at Sturminster Newton High School provides excellent teaching and achieves excellent results. Our students enjoy individual support and guidance from their tutors in a positive, successful and friendly environment.
We are small enough to know all our students well and this enables us to support them throughout their time in the sixth form and to provide them with expert advice when making their university and careers choices.
We are extremely proud of the academic results achieved by our Sixth Formers over the past 25 years, we are frequently one of the best performing sixth forms in Dorset in a variety of
subjects. We offer a wide range of courses at Level 3 to suit the extensive interests of our students, including over 23 A levels and 5 BTEC National Courses. The Sixth Form timetable reflects individual programmes of study most suited to the students’ aptitude, ability and future career plans. Our class sizes are small which means that students receive a great deal of individual attention and encouragement.
Students are placed in small tutor groups, where they receive daily guidance and support; the tutor programme ensures that students develop their academic experience and their awareness of the global nature of the world in which we live. We prepare students for their future careers and dedicate a full week of activity to progression, with workshops led by universities and local employers. We have an Oxbridge mentoring group which allows those with aspiration to develop and achieve the necessary skills for Oxbridge entry.
Timetabled private study in the Sixth Form Study Area encourages our students to think independently. The teaching and learning environment is less formal than for GCSE, but equally rigorous. Debate is encouraged and there are many opportunities to explore ideas which we deliver through the vote for schools programme which is praised as outstanding by Ofsted.
We take the safeguarding of all our young people very seriously and it is therefore a requirement for all sixth form students to wear an identification lanyard at all times and on all sites.