One of the great strengths of the small Sixth Form at St James is the size of classes. Many subjects have classes with less than ten pupils. Yet St James continues to offer a wide variety of A Level subjects and has recently introduced the BTEC in Business Studies. Our philosophy behind this is that boys should have access to a wide curriculum so that they can choose what they truly love to do. With love and passion for their subject in their hearts boys inevitably get better results as well as thoroughly enjoying the learning experience. Practically speaking, students have 6 periods of each subject per week and are also expected to work for at least ten hours a week independently – both in their school study periods as well as at home.
Alongside the curriculum Sixth Form students take a lead in the school, acting as prefects as well as running clubs and societies. Teachers take the time to get to know the pupils in their classes and often adjust the curriculum so that it is more focused on students’ passions and interests. Sixth form students study in the Ficino Centre, a high ceilinged spacious area at the top of the school. They lead the academic atmosphere of the school and their discussions and debates are both entertaining and sophisticated.