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Pastoral care; academic excellence.

St Leonard’s Sixth Form is the perfect environment to engender aspiration, acceptance and success, creating the ideal balance of experience between study, friendship, and enrichment. More than anything, our young people are encouraged to demonstrate that intellectual curiosity for which top universities are looking, and to develop those workplace-ready skills which employers value so highly. 

The pre-university atmosphere is created by smaller classes which have a seminar-feel, taught by specialist teachers.  Rigorous questioning and detailed feedback suggestions challenge you to go beyond the curriculum, both in and out of lessons. Our experienced staff both demand and create passion for your academic subjects.

Our inspirational teaching, supportive pastoral team, and high expectations of personal standards are evident in our excellent results; at A Level, in Vocational subjects and in acceptances to universities and onto higher apprenticeships. Preparation for the wider world is varied and robust, woven throughout our personal development programme and including a week of work experience at the end of Year 12,  as well as an expansive Careers Fair and workshops and talks from a range of high-profile visiting speakers.

Our Catholic distinctiveness means being “universal”: our atmosphere is friendly, warm and inclusive.  Just like in a family, every young person is loved, known and accepted for who you  are.  We welcome a diverse student body and try to live the Gospel through service, community engagement and charity work. Just as our option blocks are not rigid, but shaped by your choices and interests, our enrichment includes the chance to lead and shape the school in a way which reflects the needs of modern society, running clubs and mentoring younger pupils.  Healthy competition and rewards are enabled through our active House system, and an amazing range of overseas and more local trips and opportunities encourage you to become your best selves, to build strong values and a sense of personal faith and integrity that fits you for a changing world.  Students develop the courage to interrogate, as well as to embody, our moral convictions; questioning  the cultural assumptions of society,  and taking their place as happy, resilient young adults, well-equipped by St Leonard’s Sixth Form and  full of potential to engage with an exciting future.

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Updated | 22nd January, 2024 |

Latest News

EXAUDI – In dew of roses

On Tuesday the 13th February, a very special concert took place at Durham’s magnificent Town Hall. James Weeks, the conductor of Exaudi, a small professional chamber choir, has been working on composition with Year 13 A Level music pupils since the spring of 2023. Following a series of workshops in school, the compositions were finally performed […]

Ushaw – Thank you and Farewell!

In October 2023 the school moved Year 7 and 8 to Ushaw College, so we could resume Face to Face Teaching for all year groups as soon as possible. This allowed the school to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, and we are grateful that Durham University and Ushaw were able to be accommodate us […]


Six brilliant candidates have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success as they prepare for their A Levels. Thank you to Miss Bird and all the Sixth Form staff who have given excellent support – as ever – during the application process. 


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