St Clere’s School was the founding member of the Osborne Trust and is now the lead secondary school. Our partnership with other schools has developed many opportunities for our students and September 2023 will be a milestone year with the official opening of our own new Osborne Sixth Form at St Clere’s School. Since September 2021 the sixth form centre was an annex to the existing Brentwood County High (BCHS) 11 to 19 provision and provided excellent opportunities for young people in the local area who wished to join the Osborne Sixth Form.
Our Past and Future in Perfect Synergy
At St Clere’s, we are proud to have a history of superb results and successful pupil career destinations as a testimony to our success. The BCHS sixth form has a strong track record of high student achievement with many students moving on to prestigious universities and work based training. However, being partners in the Osborne Trust means we are still constantly striving for improvements in our facilities, education, care and impact. We are also responding to a growing number of Thurrock students who wish to study in The Osborne Sixth Form provision, based in the local area.
As a high achieving Trust, we believe in moulding together traditional and emerging, digital learning. This will prepare young people for an exciting, self- driven, future underpinned by strong morals.
Why Did We Need a New Sixth Form at St Clere’s School?
We have worked alongside other Sixth Form providers for several years now to deliver high quality courses and teaching across many subject areas. Our growing partnership with Brentwood County High School has met some of the demand for further education but there is clearly a growing demand for more local opportunities with high quality teaching beyond year 11. This development has enabled St Clere’s School to further enhance opportunities for young people in the local Thurrock area. We have provided additional A Level pathways for year 12 and year 13 students from both St Clere’s school and external applicants.
What’s Included in This New St Clere’s Sixth Form Centre?
Naturally, we are keen to make sure the Osborne sixth form at St Clere’s School meets the specific needs of 17 to 18-year-olds. New facilities have been carefully designed to offer older students the best possible levels of privacy, comfort and enjoyment. The Common room at St Clere’s School consists of an extensive, bespoke study area and seminar break out space as well as a student common room area for relaxation and private study. This new area offers self-managed areas where older students can mingle with friends, as well as kitchen and coffee bar facilities for them to fuel up for their studies. It is an excellent additional space for Sixth Form students, only, and is an addition to a separate Sixth Form classroom area within the main school.
Our ethos is to provide all students – especially Sixth Formers – with opportunities to develop a sense of self and responsibility. Time outside lessons offers a degree of freedom. However, there are staff on hand to oversee aspects of life in the new Sixth Form centre. The Assistant headteacher with responsibility of sixth form at St Clere’s School have an office which overlooks the new centre.
Choosing the Best Sixth Form Experience for You
Years 11 and 12 in secondary education need to offer the right teaching support to equip young people thoroughly for university or the workplace. High quality Sixth Forms need to offer opportunities to develop personal confidence and resilience for example, as well as interpersonal and communication skills. The courses we offer are the results of sound research in which we gathered views and needs of Thurrock families. We will continue to listen to stakeholders as we develop further courses for the future.
Programme of Improvements
Providing Sixth Form students with purpose-designed study and social facilities is the latest in a series of substantial investments in St Clere’s School. In the past year, we have improved our sports, fitness and Science environments as well as our teaching spaces and developing library space.
It is exciting to contemplate what’s next for the school! You can be assured, it will involve constantly strengthening and expanding our capacity to build strong, resilient, resourceful and academically awakened students who will flourish!