Providing an opportunity for individuality, academic excellence, enrichment and a spirit of community, our Catholic ethos and clear moral values have been at the heart of Bishop Challoner School, Shortlands since its foundation in 1950, writes Headteacher Paula Anderson

From September 2015, Bishop Challoner School’s co-educational Sixth Form will have a newly refurbished common room which will be in a new location within the oldest building in Shortlands. The students will be able to enjoy a relaxing common room in which to socialise and enjoy each other’s company. Adjacent to the common room is the Terry Robinson Suite, which provides study carrels and laptops available for private study.

Our Sixth Form facilities extend to St. Catherine’s cottage, which has its own kitchen, computer suite and two teaching rooms. This allows the students some measure of independence and privilege, but at the same time they remain an important part of the school.

Graduation is a day for celebration and the students get a well-deserved send off in late June. This is a time to celebrate and share the many achievements and to remind ourselves of the incredible journey that the students have taken, many of whom started their educational experience in our nursery.

When I first arrived at Bishop Challoner as Headteacher I was struck by the warmth, the respect and politeness shown by the pupils. The Sixth Formers are always smartly dressed and turned out, only too willing to help out where necessary, and excellent role models and ambassadors for the school. They have grown into responsible, confident, resilient and independent individuals.

In the Sixth Form there are opportunities for leadership roles including Head Pupil, Deputy Head Pupil and Chaplaincy and Charity Prefect. The Sixth Form team work with the younger pupils and develop their student voice via the Student Council.

Some of our Sixth Formers benefit from bursaries and scholarships that help towards their fees and we recognise the talent of individuals, ensuring that they are challenged and nurtured in our caring environment. Enrichment opportunities are encouraged allowing students to work closely with CAFOD, take part in Duke of Edinburgh and participate in other stimulating activities.

Our students travel from a wide catchment area on public transport. The school is only a five-minute walk from Shortlands station and has excellent transport links. We look forward to working with all students in our Sixth Form; whether they are continuing their education with us or are joining Bishop Challoner School from elsewhere after their GCSEs.

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