St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

Croydon Guardian: Sara Defreitas Sara Defreitas

 

Setting the Standard for Sixth Form Colleges in South London


(London Borough of Wandsworth)

Sixth Form College
Students aged 16 – 19

• A wide range of AS/A Levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas and the International Baccalaureate
• Consistently good examination results (99% pass rate at A Level in June 2012)
• A sixth form supportive tutorial system
• Teaching by subject specialists at sixth form level
• An outstanding record of student progression to top universities

Sixth Form Colleges, specialist colleges for 16-19 year-olds, are a relatively new concept in the UK education system and there are only about 90 in the country, with just three in central London.  St Francis Xavier College was the first and was established in 1985.

As a sixth form college we at SFX can offer a very large range and variety of combinations of A Level subjects as well as BTEC courses in 8 specialist areas.  We have tutors who specialise in working with A Level students wishing to progress to top universities and have over 450 successful applicants every year, including 40 to Oxford and Cambridge over the last 10 years.

Although there is a strong push on academic achievement at SFX we have strong support networks for our students based on the personal tutor system, so students know where to turn for help if they encounter difficulties during their studies.  Classes are still relatively small and our staff are employed as teachers rather than lecturers, therefore students need not fear that their teachers won’t know them at SFX.

A £5.5 million building programme at SFX has provided our learners with a wonderful new library and Learning Resources Centre; we have a state-of-the art fitness suite for all students and staff to use and a commitment to provide excellence for all who wish to continue their education in a supportive Christian environment.

We also have a thriving Community Education department which runs day and evening classes for adults in a variety of practical, leisure, recreational and academic areas.

David Bell, formerly Chief Inspector for UK schools and colleges, once commented “the consistent success of sixth form colleges is one of the glories of the education system,” and it is our mission at SFX to keep that tradition firmly alive for the young people of South London.

OPEN DAY
Saturday 10th November 2012, 10.00am – 2.30pm
Prospective students must be accompanied by parents/guardians.
Parking for disabled drivers only.

St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

10 Malwood Road
LONDON SW12 8EN
Tel 020 8772 6072
enquiries@sfx.ac.uk
www.sfx.ac.uk

STUDENT PROFILES

Oluchi Nwandu
Oluchi graduated from Birmingham University with a 2.1 in Classical Literature and Civilisation.  At SFX she studied English Language & Literature, German, Classical Civilisation and Physical Education.  Originally from Notre Dame Girls’ High School, Oluchi now plans to qualify as a lawyer and run a successful business.  “My whole experience at SFX put me on a level playing field with anyone coming from public/private schools – the skills I learnt in English in particular gave me a firm foundation for what I needed at university – the ability to be independent and think both critically and creatively.”

 

Marion Osieyo
Marion graduated with a first class honours degree in Classical Studies from Exeter University.  Having done very well in her GCSEs at Notre Dame Girls’ High School, Marion studied English Language & Literature, German, Classical Civilisation, Critical Thinking and General Studies at SFX.  She intends to complete an M.A. and then pursue a career in international development and governance policies.  “In Classical Civilisation I really enjoyed the fascinating combination of history, politics, literature and anthropology when I took this course at SFX.  This inspired me to pursue this field at university.”

Kirsty Katungi
Kirsty came to SFX from Uganda and will be moving on to King’s College, London, to study for a degree in Business and Management.  She qualified by obtaining top grades in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business: “I love business because it is very practical and is all about everyday life – business is the backbone of every successful institution and that’s why I chose this course.”  Kirsty intends to work in a successful company where she can apply her creativity and all she has learnt.

Shanice Harrison
Shanice took the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports & Exercise Science at SFX after doing well in her GCSEs at Archbishop Lanfranc School.  She is going on to Brunel University to study Sport Science Coaching.  She is also an accomplished athlete and on target to compete at international level.  “I loved Sports Science at SFX because it combines my two favourite subjects and with all the background knowledge I gained on the course it was really helpful to me in deciding what I wanted to study at university.”

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