A warm welcome to all internal and external applicants for the Sixth Form at Northampton School for Boys. I am delighted that you are interested in joining our thriving Sixth Form and I am confident that we in return can maximise your academic potential and personal development.
The Sixth Form at Northampton School for Boys has been moving from strength to strength and this was highlighted in our most recent Ofsted inspection where every aspect of the Sixth Form provision was graded as outstanding. In the words of the inspectors, 'Teaching in the Sixth Form is outstanding. Extra-curricular provision and leadership opportunities for Sixth Form students are exceptional. Students speak very highly of teachers' commitment, their passion for their subjects and the extra help they provide when students need it. As a result achievement and behaviour is outstanding'. For me, as Headmaster, the proof of the success of our Sixth Form provision lies in our outcomes; academically our results are consistently strong. Since 2015, over 60 Year 13 students have achieved a minimum of 3 straight A grades in their A Levels with an average points score significantly higher than national expectations. The Year 12 AS results in both 2016 and 2017 were exceptional, graded as outstanding by the nationally recognised ALPs external benchmarking system. Extra–curricular involvement last year for our Post 16 students was extraordinary, lead roles in the musical ‘Oliver’, representation in national music and dance finals and lifting the Nat West Vase at Twickenham being just three examples of the type of success enjoyed. We are also currently looking forward to forthcoming U18 National Cup Quarter (football) and Semi Finals (rugby) as I write! Our Sixth Form students are without doubt outstanding role models for the younger students in the school and one hundred per cent of students over the past three years have gone on to education, employment or training Post 18 with the large majority moving on to Russell Group Universities including Oxbridge. We also have phenomenal success rates for students from the Expressive Arts gaining places at the most prestigious National Music and Arts based colleges with five students alone this year already gaining a music place at the highly competitive Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for September 2018 entry. When you set these outcomes against the state of the art facilities that the school enjoys then I hope that you will feel fully confident that NSB has a Sixth Form that will allow you to peak in preparation for life beyond school.
You will be joining the Sixth Form at a time of significant change in Post 16 education. All of the A Levels we offer have now returned to a linear format which are more rigorous than the previous modular courses and will mean that you will only sit Public Examinations at the end of Year 13, although you will be rigorously assessed internally. As a result of these changes and following comprehensive consultation by the school with universities, the majority of students will opt for three subjects at the beginning of Year 12 which they will see through to the end of Year 13 and a minority of students will be allowed to take four A Levels through Year 12 and 13. To study four A Levels through two years students will need to demonstrate the highest level of academic excellence in their GCSE results. We also offer the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Rugby focus) as an extension to our curricular provision, which is the equivalent of three A Levels.