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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

6th Form Virtual Open Day

Welcome to your future at St Thomas More

 

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Welcome from the Director of Sixth Form 

We prize and celebrate our Sixth Form Leaders.  We believe in your gifts, values and talents and we have much to look forward to with you as a central part of our community.  You will stand out as an individual in our Sixth Form with smaller class sizes and personalised tailored support for your learning and future pathways.

St Thomas More Sixth Form prides itself on offering a wide range of academic, vocational and extra-curricular opportunities for all its students.  Appropriate programmes are designed for students in consultation with tutors and careers staff.  Teaching and Learning is good with access to a supervised study centre to smooth the transition to level 3 studies, mentoring students in how to make use of their supervised study time.  

We offer a bursary support programme to students from lower income families to support with public transport to school, books, resources and out of school excursions.  Through partnerships with the Connolly Foundation and the Harper Trust, we are able to offer University bursaries for outstanding academic performance, commitment to the life of the school and to support students where financial considerations may be an obstacle to University study.

To achieve our high standards, the school expects a high degree of commitment from its students.  In exchange, the students should feel an entitlement to high standards from the school.  This forms the basis of a successful relationship between students and the school.  We look forward to our Sixth Form.

An Introduction into Sixth Form 
 

 

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Entry Requirements 

 

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Former students - where are they now? 

St Thomas More Sixth Form shaped me into the individual I am today, it helped me develop my own opinions and build my character.

With the help of the teachers around me I discovered that I wanted to pursue a career in the media and so I landed myself an apprenticeship with the BBC and now I am training to be a digital journalist at BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra.      -    Patryk Wojcik

During my time at St Thomas More, I always felt the environment was suited to enhance my learning and was supported by teachers throughout my process of applying to university and preparing for A Levels.

Often when I had queries, I was able to approach the teachers freely and they strived to ensure my needs were met.  Applying to medicine was a long process with interviews and entrance exams along the way and so the school organised several sessions with doctors to prepare me the best I could to overcome these challenges. 

Currently I am in the third year of medicine at King's College London and am looking forward to a career in medicine.      - Noel Biju

I am in my third year studying Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford, which is an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed so far.  St Thomas More really prepared me well for the university application process, by providing lots of help with personal statements and interviews and great support from the staff.      - Amy Rizzo
 

After completing my A Levels, I went on to study Motorsport Technology with Automotive Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire.

Alongside the three year degree, I became involved with a project called Formula Student which is Europe's most well established Engineering competition.  This project had the same principles as Greenpower, but the racing car was to be designed and built totally by the students.  I gained a vast amount of knowledge and understanding of the engineering world as part of Formula Student and graduated in June 2019 with a First Class Honours degree.   I have since found employment with a small Automotive Design Consultancy that specialises in active aerodynamics, window regulators and mechatronics called MarchantCain.       -  Matthew Davies

I truly believe that most of what I have achieved to date stems from the support and encouragement I received from STM.  I am the first generation to attend university in my family - this was particularly challenging when deciding whether or not to apply to higher education as I felt I didn't know exactly wht university could offer.

STM enabled a vision that I could not foresee - I was encouraged to communicate with ex-pupils for insight, be ambitious in my course choices and to not let my own doubts be a barrier to what I could achieve.

From STM Sixth Form, I went on to study at the University of Leicester (2015-2018).  I graduated with a 2:1 classification in LLB Law.

I am working full-time in a Regional Business Support role at Health Education England, Birmingham.  I have continued my education part-time at the University of Law, Birmingham where I am studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC).  The LPC is the vocational course required to bridge the gap from undergraduate studies to the role of a trainee solicitor.  I am currently in the application process to secure a junior solicitor position by obtaining a contract in Birmingham.      - Chanel Quigley

If you are not currently at St Thomas More Secondary School and would like to book an appointment to come for an after school tour please do get in touch  here.

Below are a few sound clips from former students reflecting on their experiences here.

@stthomas6th On Twitter

  • @KirstBernard @daisysmithmedia Fantastic work Daisy you are in your element

  • Jake Sampson, newly elected candidate for Newnham, a former student of STM, came for a breakfast meeting with 6th students. He came with Mayor Dave Hodgson and Alex Williams a political Grad student. Students at STM are keen to have a voice. https://t.co/60yIcEVudA

  • 6th form students take the opportunity to question Alistair Burt and his office manager and wife Eve, talking about local issues that affect Bedford. Issues relating to knife crime, homelessness and the National Health service and issues regarding climate change #Questiontime https://t.co/QiWO03ITst

  • Film afternoon at STM for our fabulous 6th form. https://t.co/kcIYqC1a16

  • It's a CAFOD mad hair day at STM in Bedford, fundraising for a worthy cause. Good hair days make you feel fabulous https://t.co/IThiauaiVM

  • Students from STM year 12 and yr 11 attended a careers event held at Bedford Hospital. The Pathology department presented an engaging and informative day. Opening options in Bio Medical Sciences with the science behind the cure. https://t.co/zv6xbYn0mA

  • The fabulous students in STM6th form performed carols at Kimbolton Lodge today and were amazing. The residents sang along and the students sang beautifully. I am really proud of the group who gave their time and commitment. Have a great Christmas. https://t.co/ZlTjwGabSN

  • STM6th sporting their Christmas jumpers with flashing lights and ho ho ho headbands. Mock exams are over and students are really getting into the festive spirit. https://t.co/yGpbGowrvE

  • Some of our 6th form Elves waiting to hand over the gifts to the SVP local charity https://t.co/H2DvV6hzCl

  • Students at STM 6th get into the spirit of giving, supporting families in Bedford, making a difference this Christmas. https://t.co/C0pVxkmTPa

  • Another great fundraising event for #MacmillanCoffeeMorning with staff and students making it such a happy, worthwhile event. £326.44 and counting Thank you to all who baked https://t.co/bC1F41oHyM

  • Well done, the all girl team at the #UniversityChallenge regional heat today. They nailed the maths, geography, history and chemistry questions. They tied for third place but achieved another 10 points after a remark. There was talk of a wild card. An excellent performance https://t.co/fnOUhN1zoz

  • The only site where you can find all the past papers + mark schemes you need in one place- so simple! https://t.co/hlVap7UvnM #pastpapers #exams #GCSEexams #21stedchat #exampapers #GCSEs2018 #revision #revise #GCSEs #ALevels #ukedchat #edchat #educhat #lrnchat #examsuccess https://t.co/prsXl5WAyK

  • How to thrive at secondary school: by students https://t.co/hHCqjLXpXI

  • A thorough and engaging day. Compression and bandaging skills covered https://t.co/wevuSjqw5S

  • 6th formers at STM are learning how to do first aid. The training delivered by St Johns Ambulance will provide excellent skills for life. Thumbs up for first aid https://t.co/QNuBGWv99M

  • STM 6th students hosting an English Literature workshop. Yr 13s supporting the yr12s. The students enjoying the limelight but also embedding their critical awareness. https://t.co/bcXMrrRqO3

  • Students delivering English Literature lectures to years 12 & 13 supporting exam preparation. The Dolls House, Rossetti poetry, The Handmaids Tale and 1984. https://t.co/tuNeWmuR5d

  • @JohnBishop100 A brilliant show, not laughed so hard in ages. A full abs workout

  • Christmas jumper day for students at St Thomas More 2017 https://t.co/IpgWAKdHKP