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SGS Sixth

Student life

At SGS Sixth we put our students first and offer a range of services, activities and events year round. Find out more below and experience SGS and student life to it's fullest. 

Being a student at SGS Sixth means you are part of a community that prides itself on having high expectations and pushes individuals to challenge themselves. We want students to experience new things and see the world through a variety of different lenses. Growing up is about embracing opportunities and importantly, making friendships that will last a lifetime. Our tutorial, enrichment and Academy offer will fully support you in your studies and expand your horizons to help you become the best academic you can possibly be. We also want you to be a confident, articulate, problem solver who is ready for anything life throws at you. We look forward to helping you shape your goals and ambitions in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. 

Mark A Jones

Head of Academic

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Why join SGS Sixth?

SGS Sixth is North Bristol’s premier Sixth Form. We achieve not only excellent results but our learners also have some of the best value added scores in the entire South West. This means that our learners make excellent progress from their start points. In addition to this, our learners also benefit from our Academies programme, where they can obtain further skills and knowledge in their chosen subjects, learn new skills or join one of SGS College’s Sports Academies. We also provide wrap around pastoral support for our learners helping them grow and develop as individuals throughout their studies with us.

As a specialist Sixth Form, we offer a much wider range of different subject options compared to a school. There is also a very different relationship between teachers and our learners that is focused on bridging the gap towards Higher Education and Employment.

A day in the life of an SGS Sixth learner

"On a typical day, I wake up early to get dressed and ready for the day before I get my bus to college. The college day starts at 9:00am. My first lesson of the day is Chemistry for an hour and thirty minutes. In this lesson we often complete practicals which involve new skills and new methods taught by our teachers that we can later apply in exams and future experiments. 

After the lesson is finished, I have a ten minute break before my next lesson, in this time I can catch up with my friends and grab a snack from the Sixth Form canteen. My second session today is my academy, I am in the marketing so we have been working on updating the website, learning really important employability skills.

After this, it is lunch time. Lunch is an hour long, so we have time to talk to friends, grab lunch and leave the campus if we choose. I often eat in the Sixth Form canteen, however, sometimes me and my friends go to Cribbs Causeway for lunch. I also go to the lunchtime STEM@lunch talks which are held once a month. 

After lunch I have my Law lesson. I enjoy this lesson and find it really interesting, as we find out about the law around us and we do some amazing trips to the magistrates court and the crown court where we sat in on a murder case.

In my last session of the day, I have Progression. My Progress Mentor also teaches me for my third subject, Criminology. This week we had an interesting session on AI and its applications; I also had my 1:1 for the term where my Progress Mentor helped set some targets  and reviewed my recent grades with me. After my progression session, I finish for the day. Tomorrow, I have a free period in the morning, so I plan on coming in early to do some independent study." - Vanja Hardi - Year 2 learner

Your study programme

All learners in the Sixth Form undertake a 'study programme', this is the name of everything that you do with us. Your study programme will consist of the following elements:

  •  Either three or four A Level choices from a variety of different subjects, or one of our two BTEC Extended Diplomas in Biomedical or Forensic Science (These are worth three A Levels).

  • Your academy choice (either the Sports Academy, or one of our Sixth Form Academies from a choice of subject, skills or aspire academies).

  • Weekly Progression sessions with your Progress Mentor and a termly 1:1 to discuss aims and targets.

  • 37 hours of work placement, relevant to your next steps, to help you standout as a candidate to universities and employers.

  • A range of trips, talks and events arranged throughout the year.

Tracking and monitoring your progress

At SGS Sixth, you can track your grades, attendance and progress through ProPortal. This is accessed through the eCampus section of your Teams account. Once a term your teachers will also feedback your progress through a report known as a census point. You will also complete regular Formal Assessments throughout each academic year, with formal mocks taking place in January and at the end of your first year.

Parents can also view your progress by signing up to a Parent Portal account. This enables them to view the same information you can see. To sign up for a Parent Portal account, parents can click the following link after the beginning of the academic year.


We also hold two parent evenings each academic year with the year two parents evening being held before Christmas and year ones held in spring.

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