The Archdiocese of Birmingham is committed to maintaining a Catholic Sixth Form at Blessed George Napier School and offers a range of A Levels and vocational Level 3 courses, whilst also providing students with opportunities to develop their faith as young adults.
Our students can choose three subjects from a range which currently includes: Fine Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Maths, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Polish, Spanish, Drama and Theatre Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, Travel and Tourism and Psychology. Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum and consequently all students follow a course in the AS Edexcel Extended Project Qualification.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection (2017) said that ‘Teaching in the sixth form is sometimes better than in the rest of the school. This is partly due to the small size of the classes. It is also because some teachers on the 16 to 19 study programmes are inclined to take greater risks and challenge students’ thinking. This is appropriate for students working at A level. Teaching is also characterised by positive and supportive relationships between teachers and students.’
We encourage all our Sixth Form students to take an active and leading role in school life. In recognition of their high profile within the school, and as preparation for what lies beyond in the world of work or Higher Education, students lead Year Assemblies, participate in school liturgies and assist younger students with their learning. Many students choose to go to Lourdes on pilgrimage, working with the elderly and infirm as well as to the Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre. All students volunteer for a weekly ‘enrichment’ activity which for most includes mentoring and supporting younger students in their learning. All students undertake a week long work experience in Year 12.
The academic and personal ambition of our students is outstanding and we encourage them to aim high, supporting them to apply to Oxbridge and the Russell Group universities. To support students in this endeavour, we arrange a variety of events each year, with visits to and visits from a number of universities. We also encourage students to go to a variety of academic events to enhance their UCAS applications and there is also support for interview preparation from the Sixth Form team. Students’ academic progress is monitored regularly and form time provides an opportunity for students to raise issues of a personal nature or important to the Sixth Form as a whole.
We understand that to support our students to be successful academically we also need to support them pastorally and this was also recognised by Ofsted when they reported that ‘Many students say their choice to ‘stay on’ is partly motivated by the all-round pastoral care they receive.’
Details of our application process, subjects we offer, entry requirements and an application form are available on the website or by contacting the school office.