Proud of our professional standards
Director of 6th Form: Ed Duckham
Deputy Director of 6th Form: Natalie Uzzell
Year 12 Tutors: Katy Corfield, Alison Twyford, Richard Marshal, Anna Marriot, Chloe Phippen, Claire Williams, Simon Evans, Amy Gibbons
Year 13 Tutors: Robin Conway, Claire Pennington, Andrew Stanger, Julia Pritchard, Emma Tilley
JMF6 is part of a Consortium with the other education establishments in Abingdon. It was rated as an outstanding provider of 16-19 education by Ofsted in June 2019, only one year after it was formed as a merger of the 6th Form provision of John Mason and Fitzharrys schools. JMF6 shares a common curriculum with our consortium partners. Abingdon and Witney College, Fitzharrys and Larkmead. Subject areas are put into five option columns with students choosing one from each. A small number of students also elect to take Further Maths. Students in JMF6 also follow a carefully structured Enrichment Programme that includes:
- The Extended Project Qualification, a highly rated independent study project;
- The opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with sessions on Volunteering, skills and Expedition Training leading to canoe expeditions in the spring;
- Complementary Studies sessions that give Careers information Advice and Guidance through a programme of visiting speakers and more practical advice;
- A vibrant pathways programme that is aspirational (Oxbridge applications are at a high and growing) and reflective of the changing nature of the post-18 experience (integrated higher-level Apprenticeship support);
- Supervisions with tutors, where students engage in activities such as debating, projects and quizzes;
- Commitment to a Working Group of Senior Students Team – such as Finance and HR, Facilities and Events;
- Sessions helping with independent learning skills such as research methods, analytical skills and presentation skills;
JMF6 now extends across both John Mason and Fitzharrys sites. Both schools have Form Centres, in suites of rooms with study rooms, state of the art computers where students can work and make good use of study periods, refurbished common rooms where they can relax and study, a kitchen, and access to smaller rooms for meetings and group work.
In the 6th form Students are expected to contribute to the school or wider community and offer leadership to the student body at large. All students assist in DEAR time sessions across the school once a week. They support younger students in academic work, and run quizzes and competitions.
There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in the running of 6th Form and take on responsibility. Apart from the senior student team comprising Student President and Vice Presidents, and Committee Chairs, there are also tutor group representatives sitting on the year council, and sports captains. We also have a good community spirit and social life in the 6th Form. There are inter Tutor group competitions, two Balls a year, visits to Universities to access careers advice and Safe Driving Courses.
Applying for a place
JMF6, as an outstanding provider of 16-19 education, experiences high demand for places. We have a flexible and inclusive approach to entry, with all individuals considered, and we will always attempt to find a programme of study that is suitable to the individuals need. The process of applying for a place is consequently thorough and detailed, and caters for students both from John Mason and Fitzharrys, as well as candidates from all other schools.
- “Beyond GCSE Evening” - A Consortium evening, involving presentations from the Head Teachers and the Head of Sixth forms of all three schools and Abingdon College. A chance to get a feel for what the whole Consortium has to offer.
- JMF6 Open Evening - a presentation on the unique experience offered by JMF6, and in particular its Ofsted praised Enrichment programme, alongside a chance for students and parents to be encouraged to speak with their subject teachers about possible subject choices.
- Interviews - All applicants from all schools will be interviewed by the Director of JMF6 to discuss any future plans that students may have and make sure that the A levels or BTEC’s that they are considering will enable them to progress on their chosen path.
- Tours - Applicants from outside John Mason will be invited to come to school and discuss their application. They will be offered a tour of the school and 6th form facilities.
- Taster Days - after exams, all interested students are encouraged to attend three days, where they will experience life as a Sixth Former. This will include taster sessions in any subject they are interested in studying, experience of the demands of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and the Extended Project Qualification, and the opportunity to ‘feel’ the logistics of the 6th Form Centre, and the facilities of the other schools. They will also get their first chance to meet their peers.
- Parent Information Evening – in the same week of the Taster Days, parents are invited to JMF6 for a presentation on all aspects of the outstanding provision that we give.
- Welcome to the 6th form interview. Immediately after your results day (Friday or Monday) students are invited to an interview to confirm participation. This can be a chance to revisit options if results have not gone quite as expected.
- Students who have accepted the offer of a place, will start their outstanding experience at JMF6.
Full list of courses available through the Abingdon Consortium for Education.
For a full flavour of life at JMF6, please visit https://jmf6.johnmasonschool.org/. This is our own web-site, run by staff and students of JMF6