Sixth Form News


Today a group of Year 12 students were introduced to STEP maths. STEP is an additional maths exam that needs to be taken when applying for a maths based degree at selected universities.

Our students also took part in a mock university interview and gained valuable feedback from our Year 13 students, who have gone through the procedure this year. Advice was also given on the university application process by a 2nd year Durham University Student studying Maths.

Here is what some of the students had to say:

“The mock interviews were extremely useful. The questions were great to get you thinking deep into your subject and it was great to get a taster into a real uni interview, along with the tips given by the interviewers.”

“The level of maths was challenging however the warm up and preparation questions guided you into the STEP questions nicely.”

“It was great to get the Year 13 and current uni student’s perspectives and honest opinions about their own interviews and applications. It was also reassuring to hear that none of them had a perfect interview.”

Year 13 Prom

To celebrate the end of two years of A-level study in the Sixth Form, made all the more difficult by the pandemic, Year 13 staff and students headed to the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa for their Prom.

Staff and students were treated to a welcome mocktail and three-course dinner followed by DJ and dancing into the early hours! A fun night was had by all, and the night was well deserved for all the hard work and dedication shown over the past two years. We will miss you!

Business Leader’s Breakfast at Mahdlo

Last month a selected group of Year 12 students were invited to take part in a Business Leader’s Breakfast at the ‘Mahdlo’ Community Centre in Oldham. This was an opportunity to informally meet with, network and discuss what business can do to support individuals with their education and careers as well as gaining an understanding of how business operates in our local area. The type of things we discussed were degree apprenticeships, scholarships, work placements and internships, as well as long term career opportunities.

One of our students, Ukasa, had this to say of the meeting:

We attended a Business Leader’s Breakfast at Mahdlo where we met influential leaders and employers of companies based in Oldham. Throughout the event, we had in-depth conversations about specific career sectors which enhanced our knowledge. We learned that having connections with such people is beneficial to our future.

Year 13 Leaver’s Garden Party

On the last day of term our Year 13s enjoyed a Celebration Assembly followed by a Garden Party to celebrate their time at The Blue Coat Sixth Form. Memories were shared, and laughs were had, all followed by a special surprise – an ice cream van! Well done Year 13s, we hope you enjoyed your time here. Now good luck in your A-level exams, we know you will do yourselves proud.

Gold DofE Success

Today some “Old Blues” attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebrate completing their Gold DofE Award during the Covid-19 pandemic. Huge congratulations to Phillip, Emma, Isabel, Ethan and Lewis who got the chance to meet Prince Edward! Very well deserved!

U19 National Schools’ Netball Champions 2022

We recently had the opportunity to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of our U19 Netball Squad. The team were crowned National Schools and National Cup Champions in March. The girls received a framed photograph of their sporting triumphs last week, which we hope will remain a cherished memory to them of their time at The Blue Coat School Sixth Form.

Easter Service

Before our students broke up for the Easter holidays, The Blue Coat School and Sixth Form came together, after two and a half years of remote collective worship, to reflect on the Easter message of love, hope, and new beginnings. We look forward to continuing our visits to Oldham Parish Church to celebrate together as a School and Sixth Form.