There is a strong academic focus in The Douay Martyrs Catholic Sixth Form but it is also important that we develop well rounded individuals who have a wide range of interests. At The Douay Martyrs Catholic Sixth Form we actively encourage all of our students to become involved in a range of enrichment activities. This include sports, public speaking, debating and various other activities promoting leadership. We also encourage and support cultural opportunities including visits to theatres and places of interest in London.
Independent learning is valued highly – and both of our Sixth Form libraries are manned to ensure students get best value from this time. Students use their study periods to complete their homework tasks and additional reading. This will include preparation for lessons (FLIP learning), consolidating work done in the classroom, revision and independent research. The library has a suite of computers with internet access to facilitate this. Our young people need our support and guidance, but also need to be nurtured in a structured environment. This is good skills building for university study. Access to St Catherine of Alexandria Library, Arrowsmith Campus is also available for independent study. Collaborative study is encouraged in room F1.
The 6th Form at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School have an annex to one of their libraries – with a Café style study facility. Students can use this before school, during lessons, at break and during lunch. It is an area for students to relax and avail of tea, hot chocolate and a range of coffees.
The Sixth Form team views the link between pastoral care and curriculum support as vital to the success of our students. We work closely with subject teachers to ensure students are making progress and receive additional help to reach their target grades.
As part of the enrichment programme in the Sixth Form students have the opportunity to participate in the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. As well as those who have completed their Bronze Award we welcome and encourage direct entrants to take on the Silver challenge. The Duke of Edinburgh gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. They achieve the Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.
Year 12 and 13 students volunteer to train as Red Caps and accompany the Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes at the end of July. The young people offer support to needy individuals taking part in the pilgrimage. It is such a rewarding experience that many repeat it in their young adult lives.
We have a Common Room in the Sixth Form Centre to support Sixth Form recreation and we have a range of social events that bring the Sixth Form Community together regularly. The organisation of The Douay Martyrs Catholic Sixth Form Annual RAG week (a Raising and Giving Week) takes place in October. It is entirely Student Leadership Team led and organised. From Halloween fancy dress, Pub-like quizzes and Pyjama party sleepovers – Rag Week certainly creates a buzz and great fun is had by all. Throughout all of these fun activities pupils develop wider skill sets which is important to their overall social development. We also support special events such as “Safe Drive Stay Alive”.