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Strangford College, Newtownards

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Vision Statement

Sixth Form at Strangford College seeks to provide the highest quality education and to enrich the lives of our students, within a lively, caring community, equipping each individual to take their place as a 21st Century Global Citizen.

Life in Sixth form

The College is fortunate to have a thriving and growing Sixth Form.   Our curriculum is continually expanding and under review and students entering Sixth Form have a choice of a growing range of subjects at A Level.


On arrival into Year 13, the students follow a busy induction programme which lays out the expectations for Sixth Form at Strangford College. In Year 13 students take part in a residential in Lorne where they take part in bushcraft and outside team building activities which help establish relationships amongst Sixth Form students and staff alike. They explore and evaluate the leadership roles available to them in Strangford College.  This residential encourages students to forge lasting relationships in line with the strong pastoral ethos of Strangford College. 

Pastoral Support in the Sixth Form

At Strangford, we know our students well, ensuring that they feel highly valued and secure at all stages of their career.  Sixth Form is led by a Learning Coordinator, who is the Head of Year. Every class also has a form tutor, who is responsible for the welfare, progress and development of the students in their care.  The Form Tutor is an important link between home and college and will liaise closely with parents on matters of mutual concern related to the child’s well-being and happiness.  The School has the services of Student Counsellor, provided by Family Works.  The Vice Principal has overall responsibility for Pastoral Care at Strangford.

Independent Learning

Private supervised study is facilitated in a recently refurbished Sixth Form study area. The effective use of private study is a key factor in determining a student’s performance in the Sixth Form. Sixth Form students also have the use of a Sixth Form Centre where peer relationships can be developed and extended in a caring and focused environment.


Opportunities for Leadership and Enrichment

Prefect System

Our society needs more people with exceptional leadership skills.  We need individuals who can analyse what’s required, take balanced decisions and who are driven by a deep sense of what’s right.  Our Head Boy and Head Girl are more than mere figure heads.  They lead our students and represent us at public occasions. As well as our Deputy Head Boy and Girl we have house prefects and senior prefects who are role models for the younger students.

Other Activities

We have a Year 14 residential in Corrymeela giving students the opportunity to reflect on their time in Strangford College and look to the future.  Students openly discuss their hopes and fears for the future and receive support on how to cope with important decision-making processes.  Alongside the team-building exercises and essential bonding time with their classmates, the students learn how to prepare themselves either to move on to Further and Higher Education or to the world of work.


English Literature
Health and Social Care
Life & Health Science
Media Studies
Performing Arts