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The Sixth Form is perhaps the most intensive and demanding period of education that any individual undergoes and in a highly competitive world we recognise that our students need strong academic results to increase their opportunities and choices for the future. We also recognise that to make the most of those opportunities and choices our students will require maturity, confidence and a repertoire of learning skills. The skills gained during their time in the Sixth Form will serve the students throughout their further education and upon entering the world of work.
The Sixth Form Team and subject specialists have been planning, developing and improving the post-sixteen curriculum since 2007. JESS became an IB World School following a highly successful inspection visit from the IB in February 2009 and has successfully taken two student cohorts through the full IB Diploma Programme; our third cohort are due to sit their final examinations in May 2013. With the 95% pass rate for IB Diploma candidates from our most recent cohort, compared to a world average of 79%, we are confident that JESS Sixth Form is consistent with the excellent reputation already earned by the rest of the school.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education which JESS believes is important for our students. We have an excellent Sixth Form team with a strong pastoral care system to support students as they take on the challenges that the Sixth Form poses, balancing the demands of the academic and core elements of the IB Diploma programme. We believe in maintaining open communication and a strong partnership between home, school and the student in order to provide the best support we can for the students.
The secondary school has worked hard to establish the IB ethos and students throughout the school are very aware of the JESS Learner Profile. Further IB activities regularly take place throughout the academic year as part of our PSHE programme, focusing on internationalism, critical thinking, preparation for essay writing, and academic honesty.
We are moving forward with our plans to build state-of-the-art Sixth Form facilities. Our students are looking forward to a continuation of our engaging learning environment and are motivated to meet the many challenges that life in the Sixth Form will pose.
Head of Sixth Form