Ethos & Support

Welcoming and inclusive

We are part of a Cathedral School with a Christian ethos and we welcome students of all faiths and none. We are proud to be an inclusive community of many different races and cultures. Governors, staff and students celebrate diversity and work to create an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that our diversity is a strength, which should be respected by all those who learn, teach and visit.

We are accessible to students from all over Bristol. Being in a vibrant city-centre environment allows students to take advantage of the many opportunities surrounding us.

Major investment in buildings and resources has seen the completion of a state-of-the-art professional working Performing Arts Centre. All classrooms are fully equipped and students have multiple opportunities to access ICT.

The Sixth Form Centre is housed in the charming 16th-century surroundings of the Cathedral’s Upper Quad and allows a dedicated base to socialise and study.

Personal support throughout the Sixth Form

Students are supported in making the transition from the enforced structure of GCSE study to the independence and rigour of AS and A-level. Throughout Sixth Form life, the School provides an individual tracking system, which monitors attainment and sets targets for each student on a regular basis. Furthermore, each student will have regular one-on-one meetings with their tutor who will stay with them throughout Year 12 and 13.

Supervised study periods are timetabled for each student and it is during these sessions that wider reading and the experience of extended learning is fostered.

Ninety per cent of our Year 13 cohort regularly succeed in securing a place in the competitive market of Higher Education, advised and assisted by a team of UCAS-trained professionals. Students will be given personalised careers guidance. This typically includes support throughout the UCAS process from choosing courses and institutions, completing personal statements and preparation for interviews.

We have developed a network of external mentors, from local business and institutions, allowing students to benefit from a wide range of expertise.

Whilst recognising the growing independence of students we are keen to work closely with the support of parents during this crucial phase. There are Sixth Form Evenings to review progress and regular interim reports to ensure effective communication.

We are keen to involve parents in additional meetings at any time during the course if there are concerns that need addressing.

Our Student Support Centre can also provide students with advice to access support from external agencies if required.