Year 11 open evening at St Aidan’s & St Anthony’s Sixth Form

Oct 16, 2023

An open evening for Year 11 pupils and their parents/carers will be held on Tuesday 17th October at St Aidan’s & St Anthony’s Sixth Form College in Sunderland.

The sixth form, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, offers a range of over 30 courses with students having the flexibility to study a combination of both A level and BTEC vocational qualifications, with a wealth of enrichment activities on offer too.

The college has two sites: Somerleyton, on St Anthony’s site for Year 12, and Briery, on St Aidan’s site for Year 13. Both have dedicated social spaces, study areas, computer facilities, and hot drinks and snacks provision.

The recent A level results revealed that almost half of all pupils achieved grade A* to B, almost 40% achieved AAB and a fifth of all grades were A*/A.

Head of sixth form, Sam Ward, said: “We are very proud of our heritage of providing first-rate education for generations of Sunderland’s young people. We are a vibrant, diverse and exciting community with a wealth of experience in helping to guide students through to their next stage.

“Our aim is to pursue excellence and we have an excellent record of academic achievement and success. We aim to provide a supportive and engaging environment in which every student can succeed and fulfil their God given potential.

“Many of our former students have progressed on to highly competitive courses at the most prestigious universities, and we are immensely proud to have a growing number of highly skilled and employed alumni.”

The sixth form has a team of dedicated and experienced form tutors, pastoral leads and a head of sixth form who know each student as the individual they are.

“Our students leave our care as resilient, confident and well-rounded individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in adult life,” added Mrs Ward.

“At our sixth form, every student is valued and every student’s talents and interests are nurtured and encouraged. Students are given many opportunities to explore and develop in faith, whether that is through contributing to form assemblies, leading prayer or the opportunities to develop faith through masses, pilgrimage, Cafod young leaders and the John Paul II Award.

“In a competitive market, we seek to ensure that our students stand out from their peers. For example, students are offered opportunities to get involved with work experience placements, university and apprenticeship visits and talks, careers fair and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“We have a vast network of former students who are only too willing to come in to help with personal statements, university applications, and interview techniques. We also have an enormous range of visits to places as varied as Parliament in London, Paris, Barcelona, India, Cambodia and NASA.”

The sixth form uniform’s compulsory items are plain black, formal, tailored trousers or knee-length skirt, plain white formal shirt/blouse, smart black shoes/boots with optional items including a plain black v-neck jumper or cardigan without any logos, slogans or branding, and a sixth form tie.

  • The Year 11 open evening will be held at the St Anthony’s site from 6pm to 8pm.

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Photo captions: Pupils of St Aidan’s & St Anthony’s Catholic Sixth Form.

Press release issued by SASS media on behalf of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust. For more information, contact Sarah Dale on 07814 976582.

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