Press Release Thursday 26 September 2019
Christ the King Sixth Forms announced plans today to create the borough’s first Catholic selective sixth form centre. CTK Aquinas will open its doors in 2020 to high performing A Level students and will be the area’s only sixth form centre of its kind. In another first, Christ the King Sixth Forms will also be launching London’s only Catholic sixth form centre for vocational students, CTK Emmanuel.
Under the plans
announced today by Joint Collegiate Principal Shireen Razey, new students
joining Christ the King Sixth Forms in 2020 will choose from three distinct
sixth form centres, based on their university ambitions, career aspirations and
prior academic performance.
CTK St Mary’s will
continue to provide an extensive range of both A Level and high level BTEC
qualifications at its sixth form in Sidcup.
Principal Shireen Razey says: “Over the past 12 months, we have consulted
extensively with staff, parents, alumni, universities, our employer advisory
boards and Catholic partners. As a
result we have built a distinct picture of why students and parents choose each
of our sixth forms as a place to study, what they value about their environment
and teaching, and where there are additional opportunities to supply something
unique which is not currently offered within the local community.”
2020, CTK Aquinas will launch as a selective A Level centre for
excellence. The Christian values of the
Catholic college, combined with a high quality curriculum, developed in
partnership with independent schools and the scholarship graduate programme,
will appeal to those with top GCSE grades.
Students will be taught in a purpose built sixth form, by specialist
teachers with a focus on progressing to the UK’s top Universities.
Students will be offered a range of 23
subjects at A Level and will need to have achieved at least 48 points at GCSE
in order to apply, with an average grade profile of 6. Those studying Science
and Maths will require a GCSE grade 7 or above.
Students wishing to study for an A Level subject will need a grade 6 or
above in that subject at GCSE. Dress
code will be formal, with students required to wear business-like suits, with
tailored trousers and skirts.
will be the launch of CTK Emmanuel as a centre for professional
excellence. From September 2020, CTK
Emmanuel will provide high level technical and vocational qualifications, for
students who aim to progress to university or into careers in engineering,
science, media, business, law, health, education, sports and performing
arts. Currently, almost 90% of Christ
the King’s BTEC students progress onto university, which is significantly
higher than the national average. In
2018, 50% of Christ the King students that secured a place at a Russell Group
University, had studied a Level 3 BTEC Qualification. CTK Emmanuel will offer the widest range of university
focused vocational courses in the area and will be London’s only dedicated sixth
form specialising in
In Sidcup, CTK
St Mary’s will continue to provide a wide range of 30 A Level and BTEC courses
and graduate programmes to suit a variety of abilities, including the highest
performing GCSE students on the Advanced Graduate Programme.
The three sixth
forms will provide extensive choice for local students across London and Kent
with a wide range of courses on offer to suit all abilities and aspirations,
and a place for all hardworking, ambitious students.
Christ the King
Chair of Governors Rupert
Evenett says; “We believe that across each of Christ the King Sixth Forms, we
are able to offer every young person with ambition, drive and aspiration the
chance to study up to the highest level and gain entry to leading universities.
Our Christian values are underpinned by our CTK graces, built on character
education, which are; grit, respect, awareness, curiosity, endeavor and
self-control. These values are key to the success of our students and key to
our sixth form communities.”