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Welcome to Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form

Headmaster's Welcome

Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form will be the home of the most diligent and hardworking people in our city and its surrounding areas. Dynamic and unapologetically academic, this will be unlike any other Sixth Form in Sheffield. Our unquestionable purpose will be to provide a Sixth Form with scholarship at its heart, with an unrelenting focus on strong academic performance. Our key aim will be to help our pupils attend the great universities in the UK and abroad, and to thrive in high-quality, professional careers.  

To be successful at Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form, you will need to work hard and persevere when faced with challenges. This Sixth Form will appeal to those who want to achieve great things in their lives, it will excite those who do not mind making sacrifices in the pursuit of true excellence. Hard work is the unmoveable bedrock of success – if you don’t want to work, then Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form will not be for you.  

At Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form, you will be challenged and stretched to exceed your potential. Our truly exceptional teachers have been there and done it, they know how to access the very best universities in the country. They have all attended outstanding institutions and are academically gifted in their own right – they will provide the teaching expertise and advanced subject knowledge required to help you achieve A* results in a range of subjects.   

There are limited places available at Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form. Gaining a place will require a level of commitment that will not be required when applying to other Sixth Forms. Our culture is king and those seeking to join us must understand what they are signing up for. Our reputation is true, we are proud of it. If you want to be part of something special, working with superb teachers within a scholarly community, then Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form will be for you. If you have ambitions to attend Oxbridge or another elite university, then joining Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form will put you at a distinct advantage. 

All applicants to Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form need to share in our ambition, a quest for good grades is simply not enough. Our scholars will need an unquenchable thirst for academic exploration and must desire success. We will provide a holistic educational experience that will prepare you for the challenges of the real world.  Our exciting Super Curriculum and Elite University Preparation will be essential for high performance. 

We are excited by the prospect of becoming one of nation’s leading academic providers. If you are driven by social events and common rooms, then this is not the sixth form for you. Whilst these important elements will be in place, they do not define our offer. We are defined by scholarship and an implacable drive towards academic success. Our pupils will give everything they have to achieve outstanding results and attend the best universities in the world. 

Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form is here to serve all pupils, from all backgrounds, from every postcode in Sheffield. Our unique offer is designed to drive social mobility, tackling the performance gaps that exist in Sheffield. By attending Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form, you would be giving yourself the very best chance of success, which could be genuinely life-changing. 

If you share our vision, your application to the Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form is most welcome.

Our school motto 'Scientia Unescamus' means 'Let us be United by Knowledge'. We must continue to be united, so our scholars fulfil their educational potential. We place high value on the relationship between the school and home. It is essential this reciprocal partnership continues. 

I am incredibly excited about what our scholars can achieve, both now and in the future. 

Mr D. F. Webster  

Director of Sixth Form's Welcome

At Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form, we are bringing together a community of scholars: motivated and highly aspirational pupils who are all willing to ‘go the extra mile’ to better themselves for the future. Successful scholars can expect a challenging, but enjoyable, two years of learning. To ensure success, all scholars will be well supported by their experienced, compassionate teachers. Together, we will do brilliant things.

As an Elite Sixth Form, our entry requirements are higher than most providers. We expect applicants to have achieved a GCSE Grade 7 in the A level courses of study they wish to pursue. Prospective applicants will also sit entrance exams and have a short interview with subject specialists. During these assessments we want pupils to demonstrate not just their current high level of knowledge, but also their drive and commitment towards their future studies. Although potentially nerve-wracking, this process should be an exciting and valuable one – certainly not one to worry about! And once an offer to study has been made, then applicants can be reassured that the community they are joining is similarly motivated and supportive.

Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form will not appeal to all. If you are a Year 11 pupil expecting to achieve strong GCSE grades, looking to push yourself to your full potential and aiming for an Elite Russell Group University, then you should seriously consider applying. In return for your appetite for learning, we will provide not only the very best teachers and study facilities, but also push you beyond the traditional curriculum to ensure you and your application to university stand out from the crowd. Our offer is more than subject based, it is experienced based.

As you read through this prospectus, please take the time to reflect on what you want from your post-16 education. If you are genuinely ambitious – to study in top universities and to work in prestigious professions – and willing to work hard for it, then Mercia Collegiate Sixth Form must be your first choice of destination, so we can secure your ultimate destination.

Ms R Hollingsworth