We are not afraid to do things slightly differently at Kingsthorpe College, and we feel that there are multiple reasons why you may decide to stay with us if you are a current member of the lower school, or consider joining us from another Sixth Form:
Students study three A levels/BTECs at Kingsthorpe – whereas the majority of sixth forms require all students to study four subjects at year 12 before dropping down to three. We feel this gives our students the chance to devote more time to the subjects that really matter to them, and as a result improve their grades. This is negotiable and some of our most able students do prefer the challenge of taking on four subjects, which we allow if we agree it is right for them.
The Sixth Form is housed in a separate area of the school, with a range of stunning new facilities including a common room, meeting room, and two separate study areas manned by an Independent Learning Manager.
Students play a major role in the running of the Sixth Form, with a Head Boy and Head Girl elected at the start of each year. They work with a Student Leadership Team that has regular meetings with the senior leadership team both in the main school and the Sixth Form. There is no uniform policy in the Sixth Form, but an agreed ‘smart’ dress code that students actively played a role in deciding upon.
We have an Art department that boasts some of the finest facilities in Northamptonshire, where our students routinely achieve far above their expected level – last year half of our students achieved A or A* grades. If you are interested in Art please do make a private appointment to see our facilities and discuss your passion with our department staff.
An ‘Honours’ programme specifically tailored to high achieving students – typically those with more than 5 A’s at GCSE who will aim for the very highest universities. This programme will offer you personal support and extensive guidance for applying for Russell group universities (a group of the top twenty universities in the UK) including:
- UCAS reference written by an experienced reference writer
- Help with admission tests
- Practice interviews
- Guidance on extra curricular activities that will support your application
Extensive knowledge of the university system – including many links to universities that can often result in students from Kingsthorpe being accepted with lower grades than may be needed if applying from other schools.
An outstanding range of extra curricular activities, including sporting and academic, and both on site visitors and off site trips.
Small class sizes – we keep class sizes as low as possible, and many of our classes have fewer than ten students in, meaning much more personal help and support is available.
Resources – as well as a fully stocked library, each student at Kingsthorpe College is given a copy of the core text book for each subject. Students are not expected or required to purchase their own.