Education: A sixth form is launching a new vision as it continues to grow.

A sixth form is launching a new vision as it continues to grow.

EPPING St John’s Church of England School, in Epping, is offering students leaving Year 11 a “path to an exceptional future” at its sixth form.

The new vision states: “Our sixth form creates a caring and inspirational learning environment within the context of Christian values where every student is highly valued. We strive to develop confidence and independence and make our students believe in themselves. We strive to pursue exceptional in everything we offer to provide a bright and successful future for all.”

The sixth form closed its doors in 2015 due to a lack of applications for further education courses, reopening in 2016 after a campaign to raise standards at both the sixth form and main school paid off.
Mike Yerosimou, head of school from September, said: “Our sixth form is integral to everything we are doing. We have fought long and hard for it.

“We are focusing on teaching and learning in Key Stage 5 and on enrichment. We want to be the school of choice for Year 11 students leaving Epping St John’s and for those leaving our fellow BMAT schools – Burnt Mill Academy and Forest Hall School – to be considering us. We are doing lots of outreach with those schools, and others nearby, to urge them to come and take a look at what we are doing.”

Next year’s cohort sampled subject sessions, met their teachers and got to know each other during an induction day.

Fulin Baki, head of sixth form, said: “We are really happy with Year 13 who have completed two years with us, with most of them achieving offers at Russell Group universities. Year 12 are halfway through their sixth form journey and are also doing well.

“We are offering a wide range of subjects next year within our brilliant facilities. We are expanding our exciting enrichment programme to give students more opportunities to develop skills outside of the subjects they are studying – such as life skills, music, art, sport or getting involved with charity work. Our sixth formers become role models to younger students in the school. We want to equip them to go on further in education and in their lives.

“I am excited for the fresh new year, especially with our new vision to do the best for our students.”

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