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A Message from the Principal - Andrew Parkin
Under normal circumstances I would be looking forward to welcoming you to St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College for our annual Open Day, which usually takes place on the second Saturday in October. It is always a fantastic day where our prospective students and parents have the opportunity to view our first-class facilities and speak to staff from a variety of departments and subjects. You would have been guided by our current intake, who are very proud of being St. Dominic’s students, and you would have seen the breadth of curriculum and enrichment opportunities we provide to ensure your sons and daughters have the best education possible should they choose to study at the College.
Given the global pandemic, it is appropriate that we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by not having visitors on site, so instead we welcome you to view our short film below which seeks to share the energy and enthusiasm of life at St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College.
There has been education on this site in Harrow on the Hill since 1878, when the Dominican Sisters opened an independent girls school. This continued for a hundred years until it closed in 1978 in preparation for the Diocese of Westminster opening the current Sixth Form College in 1979. Over the last 40 years the College has continued to grow and is now recognised as one of the best sixth form colleges in the country.
The Mission of the College is central to all that we do at St. Dominic’s. The relentless focus on academic excellence is underpinned by strong pastoral and spiritual support, and the quality of the relationships between staff and students is the bedrock our community. St. Dominic’s is more than a place of study – we are a strong community where everyone is invested in ensuring the best experience for your sons and daughters should they choose to study with us.
The College is judged to be outstanding by Ofsted and we have excellent quality teaching staff. They are specialists in their respective subject areas and have detailed knowledge of A level and BTEC specifications. We have consistently high examinations results, and on average a third of our students achieve the very top grades each year. Progression to university is also exceptionally high. Over 90% of our students go on to university each year, with over 45% going to the prestigious Russell Group universities. In 2020, 16 students achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge.
We believe that we are the final part of their statutory education, which began all those years ago in nursery and primary school. We want our young men and women to leave St. Dominic’s ready for the world of work or university. We believe that our academic and tutorial programme equips our students with a broad range of skills that will last them for the rest of their lives.
We have the highest expectations of our students. We expect them to work exceptionally hard, to attend and to be on time every day. We emphasise the importance of independent study and self-discipline, expecting our students to be resilient and tenacious in their academic programmes. In an uncertain world we believe such qualities are essential for future success in life.
St. Dominic’s is a fantastic place to study for post 16 qualifications. Our students are hard-working, dedicated, kind of heart and mind and always willing to go above and beyond to help those less fortunate than themselves. Our staff are expert practitioners. We are a confidently Catholic College within a multi-faith setting which makes for a vibrant, enriching community for all. We hope very much that your son or daughter will join us for the next stage of their educational journey and look forward to welcoming them next September.
Andrew Parkin - Principal
The online application form will be open from 10th October 2020 - all applications should be completed by 12 noon on the 31st December 2020.
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