Here at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, we understand the value and importance of the student experience. That’s why our college in Hinckley, Leicestershire, offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, programmes, and opportunities to enrich your time with us. Get in touch today for further updates about what we have to offer, or book a tour with one of our Student Ambassadors to hear from our students themselves.

Student Experience

Location and Facilities 

JC6 students have a dedicated post 16 building, with their own café, study area, teaching rooms, laptops, tablets and free Wi-Fi, giving students  a mature base with all the tools to support them through their time at JC6. We listen to our students, with the study area open early, late and during school holidays so students can access our enviable facilities around their work and social lives.

Students benefit from a campus located close to Hinckley town centre with bus and train stations, leisure centre, library, cinema, restaurants, supermarkets
and shopping opportunities within walking distance meaning that there are lots of opportunities to socialise with friends after classes finish.

Wider Opportunities 

Students can choose from a broad array of opportunities to add further value to their time at JC6. From competing at the national Big Bang Fair to joining our thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award programme , we ensure our students leave JC6 with unique life long memories. 

At John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, students can take part in a range of extracurricular activities, including:

JC6 Life - Student Experience

  • Study Visits and Field Trips

  • EPQ Qualifications to Follow up Their Academic Interests

  • Shows, Drama Productions, and Art Workshops

  • JC6 Journalism Group

  • Coding Workshops

  • Mentoring Young Pupils

  • Running After School Clubs

  • National Volunteering Award Scheme

  • Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme

  • Gold Crest Award Scheme

  • Playing or Coaching Sports, including Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Badminton, and Football

  • Work Experience or Shadowing

  • Young Enterprise

  • JC6 Student Union Organisation

Student Union - Your  JCU 

The JCU are the JC6 Student Union, a group ran by students for students, championing Student Voice. They make sure that we know about the
things that matter to you, from the leavers dinner to raising topics such as car parking and Cafe6 menus – they are the heart beat of JC6.

Sixth Form marks you becoming independent and gaining responsibility, so sharing your opinions and being listened to is very important. With a wide array of roles available within the JCU, you can help to build the perfect sixth form for you. 

The JC6 student union, the JCU, who champion student voice, introduce themselves

Student Success

Championing student success is at the heart of everything we do here at JC6 and celebrating their achievements, whilst with us or as they follow their dreams after finishing year 13, is extremely important. Below we share just some of our student success stories...

  • 19/03/2021 0 Comments
    Overwhelming Response to STEM Alumni Programme

    Recently we shared the exciting launch of our new STEM Alumni Programme. Aiming to connect our current learners with former students now working in careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through displays, workshops and talks. 

    We have been overwhelmed with the response so far and Miss Cook, Science Teacher and Programme Lead, has been inundated with professionals, graduates and university and PHD students keen to help us build brighter futures for our students. Alumni already signed up to be part of the programme include:

    • Researchers
    • Environmentalists focusing on climate change 
    • Teachers
    • Doctors
    • Engineers
    • Footwear Designers 
    • Professionals working for medical device company Johnson and Johnson 
    • Professionals working for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca 
    However, the programme is not only open to graduates. We want to show our students the wide variety of routes that can lead to success in STEM, so we encourage all former students to get in touch. From carpenters and builders, to chefs and garden designers—if you use STEM then you can help to inspire our students!

    To take part in our alumni programme, please email Miss Cook—
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  • 19/11/2020 0 Comments
    ALUMNI STORY - Ellie (Class of 2020)

    “The Public Services course prepared me for university, as what we learnt is now the focus of my studies. I gained an understanding which has had a huge benefit. For example, all of the work around stop and search and PACE has become a huge part of my policing course and my understanding is so much clearer because of Public Services. The course is a mix of both individual and group learning which helps develop a variety of skills." 

    "The teachers have so much experience and it really shows, it makes learning much more enjoyable. I couldn't recommend a course more so than public services. If you were thinking of joining the Police, like me, I highly suggest taking this course!”

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    ALUMNI STORY - Rebecca (Class of 2015)

    "After completing my GCSE’s and A Levels at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, as well as partaking in the school musicals and arts concerts, I auditioned and was accepted onto the degree programme at the prestigious Bird College Conservatoire of Dance and Musical Theatre in London. I trained at Bird for three years, most days were 8:30am starts and finished at 7pm Monday to Friday and outside of classes we had to find the time to complete our academic essays. 

    I went on to play the lead roles in my third-year musicals and showcases and gained representation from one of the top Musical Theatre agencies in London. Meanwhile I had auditioned and successfully secured my first job as Ensemble Cover Carmen /Serena / Iris / Mabel and Lamchops in the UK & International Tour of Fame the Musical. 

    I graduated from Bird College with a First-Class Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre and began rehearsals for my dream job, a year contract touring round the theatres in the UK as well as International dates in Zurich and Berlin!"

    My advice to future JC6 students would be... "Keep believing and valuing yourself. Keep learning and listening. Keep working hard and working smart. Always be grateful, be kind and smile, it costs nothing." 

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    ALUMNI STORY - Natasha (Class of 2018)

    "I studied Health and Social Care at JC6 and we had a student paramedic come into class and speak to us and that inspired me to go into paramedic training as I knew I wanted to work in the health care sector but hadn’t decided what I wanted to do yet." 

    “After leaving sixth form, I moved to Stafford as I received an unconditional offer at Staffordshire University to study Paramedic Science. The teachers at JC6 were very supportive in helping me achieve the grades I needed to get into the course. Even though I didn’t study a Science subject I was able to get in because of doing Health and Social Care. In most of my coursework pieces for each subject I received a Distinction and even did an extended course for CPDL to get more UCAS points and show my willingness to learn.”

    "During the first lockdown I was working as an Ambulance Clinical Assistant alongside my paramedic training to help out with COVID which as you can imagine was extremely busy and also provided massive experience in dealing with patients in more vulnerable situations."

    My advice for future JC6 students would be to, “just keep your head focussed on what you want to achieve. If you put the hard work in you will get there.”

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    ALUMNI STORY - Stephen (Class of 2006)

    S T E P H E N   

    Class of 2006

    Certifying Engineer, Manchester Airport

    "I was a student at JCC from 2002 to 2006. I went straight on to a four-year aircraft maintenance apprenticeship with Virgin Atlantic after my A-levels and over 12 years on I’m still working for Virgin, now as a Certifying Engineer at Manchester Airport. I have enjoyed my time there so far, and some great opportunities have come from it; just yesterday I returned home from 10 days’ training on the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ out in Johannesburg, and we had some free time to explore and even go on a safari while we were out there." 

    "I am a great advocate of modern apprenticeships, and encourage young people to give them some serious consideration when evaluating their options post-school or college. My A-levels at JCC were Maths, Physics, Politics and

    Music. I was also heavily involved with the extra-curricular activities offered by the Music department."

    "My time at JCC was enjoyable. I found the teaching staff very supportive and being part of the music ‘family’ gave me some unforgettable life experiences, the highlight of which was playing the organ at the Royal Albert Hall with the JCC Orchestra."

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  • 18/12/2019 0 Comments
    Former JC6 Student Named as NHS Rising Star for 2019

    At JC6 we pride ourselves on celebrating student success, and enjoy nothing more than seeing former students go on to succeed in the wider world. JC6 alumni Will Turton's recent achievement is a perfect example of this, receiving a Silver Goodall Celebration Award - NHS Rising Star 2019 this month!

    After starting his career in a children's inpatient mental health hospital in January 2018, Will then progressed on to join the CAMHS Urgent Care Team in early 2019. He describes his work history as an, "interesting and eye-opening experience and something I am really passionate about."

    Will now often uses his own past experiences as a teenager to help him relate and support young people, "often the young people I work with have lots of difficulties at school and I try hard to relate this to my own experience at JCC. It was an honour to receive this award, especially when the NHS is so stretched."

    Everyone at JC6 would like to congratulate Will on his achievement and wish him continued success in the future!

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  • 15/11/2019 0 Comments

    Sixth Form student Travis Poulton was recently crowned winner of the Senior Science category at the annual ‘Big Bang Fair’ held at the NEC, Birmingham. This is the second year running a Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre student has scooped a top award, with former pupil Bethan Padbury winning the Senior Engineering category in 2018. 

    ‘The Big Bang Fair’ is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the United Kingdom. The event focuses on enthusing young people aged 7-19 about these subjects and showcasing exciting opportunities to bring learning to life. 

    Travis’ entry to ‘The Big Bang Competition’ was 18 months in the making, showing his commitment and dedication to the project. His project ‘Arthritis Today, Gone Tomorrow’ centered on the development of an Anti-Arthritic “drug that stops an enzyme creating too many hormones, it’s these hormones that create the inflammation and pain” Travis explained. Tested by Imperial College London, Travis found out the Anti-Arthritic drug he had developed worked as well as Ibuprofen shortly before the fair, presenting these results as part of his display.

    Making content accessible was a large part of the presentation he displayed at the fair, and after completing the regional heats he built confidence in how to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds about his work, finding this element very enjoyable. He explained, “I loved the experience, because I had done regional heats first I understood that I needed to be able to talk to anyone and engage people to get them involved in the sciences.” Approximately 220 young people entered the various competition categories at the fair, Travis commented, “There were some amazing projects, it was the biggest turn out so far. It was interesting to hear other people’s passions.”

    Travis received a certificate, medal, and a cash prize for winning the Senior Science category. His achievement is hugely celebrated by everyone at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, with Dr Smith, Lead Teacher Teaching and Learning - Science, explaining, “We were all so excited when we knew Travis was in the running for one of the major prizes at the competition. As a teacher, to watch one of your students showcase their work on a national stage with such professionalism makes you extremely proud.” JC6 are determined to support more winners like Travis at the fair in the future!

    A massive congratulations to Travis from everyone at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre!

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