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Sixth Form

St. Aidan’s & St. John Fisher Associated Sixth Form


The Associated Sixth Form was created in 1973 as a unique venture in ecumenical education. Its aim is to provide a Christian environment in which all students who wish to remain at school beyond the age of 16 are given the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential. This is achieved by pooling the resources, staff expertise and experience of two outstanding schools for the benefit of all sixth form students. As the largest school-based sixth form in the country, the Associated Sixth Form is regarded by former students as the best possible springboard into higher education or employment as it prepares students well for making new friends and adapting to future life. A bespoke Careers Guidance service helps all students to identify the best possible routes after A Levels: last year, 92% of students entering higher education gained places at their first or second choice institution, including many going to the best universities in the country.


Courses are offered at GCE Advanced, Advanced Subsidiary, Advanced Applied, BTEC and GCSE levels. The Sixth Form has increased dramatically in the last few years and, with 1150 students between the two schools, it can offer a rich diversity of choice. The Association can also offer opportunities for students to work on extended projects and to be involved in a range of enrichment activities that may lead to accreditation within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students enter the Sixth Form not only from St. Aidan’s and St. John Fisher, but also from more than 40 other schools in any one year. We believe that such a wide and varied intake helps to enrich the life of all students. It certainly provides all entrants with a challenge and the impetus of a fresh start. The evidence suggests that this experience is of great benefit when students make the transition from school to university.

Information is available on both the St. Aidan’s and St. John Fisher main school websites.


Mrs R McQuire – Deputy Headteacher and Key Stage 5 Lead

Mrs K Orton – Deputy Director of Sixth Form

Mr N Dinsdale-Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Students in the Sixth Form are divided into pastoral groups and allocated a Senior Tutor who is their first point of contact in the school.

St. Aidan’s Senior Tutors are:

Mr B Paynton
Mr A Christy
Mr M Harper
Mr J Cleminson
Mr J Maullin
Miss A Dawson
Mr A Rosser
Mr P Taylor
Miss E Reynard

The Sixth Form Administration Team

Mrs F Roberts – Associated Sixth Form Administrator
Mrs W Humphrey – Associated Sixth Form Examinations Officer
Mrs J Bishop – Attendance Officer
Mrs W Bartlett – Sixth Form Administrative Assistant
Mrs H Gumbley – Sixth Form Administrative Assistant
Mrs J Mackinnon – St John Fisher Sixth Form Administrative Assistant

Any of the above staff may be contacted through the St Aidan’s Sixth Form office on

For absences contact the mailto:attendanceofficer6thform@staidans.co.uk

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