Sixth Form Life

A student’s view

“St Richard Reynolds Sixth Form is a supportive, friendly, and academically stimulating environment that has shaped and guided me throughout my A level studies and in becoming the person that I want to be. The teaching and support students receive are a product of the personal relationships fostered and developed between teachers and students. These relationships make for a dynamic learning environment and a meaningful attachment to the school and its values. In the classroom, students are encouraged and engaged by their teachers, who care deeply about their academic potential and pastoral development. This combination makes for successful results, and happy students. The Sixth Form Study Room is a place of tranquillity and calm during lesson time whilst also serving as a place to socialise with friends at break times, a balance of which I found to be particularly important throughout the exam period and Year 13 more broadly.

St Richard Reynolds instils values of hard work and academic pursuit but also, simply, kindness and humility. These are the principles I will carry with me into the next stage with confidence no matter what challenges lie ahead.”

An average week

  • School day runs from 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Five periods per subject
  • Independent study in the Sixth Form Study Room, LRC, café or at home
  • One periode of SHaPE (see below)
  • One period of Core RE (link)
  • One period of Service (link)
  • Three form times which include 121s, assemblies, A Level related activities, general pastoral support
  • Lunch periods can be taken off-site

SHaPE (Self-Help and Positive Engagement)

We pride ourselves on the strength of the working relationships we have with our students. In the Sixth Form, we develop and celebrate our young people as individuals as well as students.  We know that students are not the finished article when they arrive with us in Year 12 and provide numerous opportunities to practise, reflect on and develop the skills which are important to university admissions teams and employers and help us to develop into the people that God created us to be.

Part of this is our SHaPE programme which dedicates one period a week to activities as wide ranging as:

  • Social sport
  • Team building
  • Effective study skills
  • Student-led societies
  • Trips and visits including “Safe drive, stay alive”, “Which career? WhichUni? Live”
  • External speakers – charities, university finance departments,local youth services and police, mental health and well-being
  • UCAS and apprenticeship application preparation

This programme evolves all the time so that we are able to respond to students’ needs. We know that each year group is different.

Tutor Time

All Sixth Form students are part of a tutor group and receive individual support from their tutor for their academic and pastoral needs. These morning sessions will be used for a combination of whole group tutor time, whole school assemblies, acts of worship and one-to-one tutorials with a form tutor.

Sixth Form Facilities

Our Sixth Form Study Room has been designed with A Level studies in mind. It is a flexible study space with a number of PCs and workstations, moveable desks and chairs, wi-fi to enable students to bring their own devices and a social area for relaxation when time permits. There is also a balcony with a living wall and outside seating for the exclusive use of the Sixth Form.  Students are also able to use the LRC and Sixth Form Café for more informal study options.  

Students can buy food on site from our Sixth Form Café 10am-12pm each day. There is a range of hot and cold food options available.  Our menu is reviewed according to student preferences on a regular basis.

Dress Code

Our students always look the part and we take pride in our relatively formal dress code – we know that this contributes to our positive working atmosphere and prepares our students for life as a professional.

Extra-curricular Activities

The College offers a range of extra-curricular activities depending on the interests and talents of the students and many of these are led by the students themselves.  These include:

College Newspaper – the Reynolds Review

Music – various choirs, orchestras and bands

Art – daily drop in sessions at lunch times and fortnightly skills workshops alongside staff

Sport – daily social sport in the Sports Hall with regular training sessions for competitive sport

Theatre trips – varies each year but highlights so far include Dear Evan Hansen and Matilda

International Trips – Seville 2022 and Lourdes 2019

Leavers’ Ball to celebrate all of the hard work in the build up to A Levels

High School Tours – Tours for September 2024 entry will start after May half-term. Please keep an eye on our website for a link to book a place on one of our tours.

Offer Day - Friday 1st March 2024

Offers of High School places for September 2024 were made on National Offer Day, 1st March 2024 by local authroities on behalf of the College. If you were unsuccessful in gaining a place you have the right to appeal to an idependent appeals panel. For more information, please visit our High School Admissions page HERE.

Please note: The College Office staff do not have visibility of the waiting list and are unable to give personal information regarding positions on the waiting list. Should you have any further questions, please contact


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