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About our Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at BUCHS is a step towards independent adult life.

The exam grades that you achieve, the opportunities you take to develop as a person and the friendships that you make in Years 12 and 13 will set you on your way to the future. Our Sixth Form can help you achieve the highest grades, but we also give you the chance to develop your other talents. Whether you are a musician, actor, sportsperson, dancer or simply someone with a wide range of interests, we will encourage and support you to be your best.

Our aim is to live by our Mission Statement and ensure that it permeates all aspects of school life. As a Catholic school, founded by Sisters of the Ursuline Order over 120 years ago, we have a rich heritage on which to draw. The most important emphasis is on developing the school as a community based on Gospel values and the person of Jesus Christ. All of our students are introduced to the life and work of St Angela Merici, the founder of the Ursuline Order, and they study the values and spirituality that provide our essentially Ursuline ethos.

Every day begins with prayer, either at a Year assembly, a House assembly or the student's form group. The Chapel, built by the Ursuline Sisters, remains at the heart of the school and is in daily use for prayer, Masses, assemblies and other liturgical celebrations.

Students are given opportunities to explore their faith more deeply in informal settings. There is a retreat programme which runs across the whole school. Year 12 and 13 students are trained to lead the retreat days for the younger students, as they have an innate understanding of what it is like to be young people in the 21st century, and can therefore help guide and focus the direction of the retreats. We have an active liturgical culture in which all students are invited to participate.