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.
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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!
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!
John Cleveland Sixth Form student Harvey has qualified to represent GB in the U20 age group at the European Sprint Triathlon in Malmo next August, where he will face the top athletes from around Europe.
To reach the competition Harvey competed in three qualifying races throughout the year, where triathletes had to finish within 120% of the winner’s time and within the top 20 to secure a place, with Harvey achieving this in two out of three qualifiers.
The competition will see Harvey compete alongside around 20 other GB athletes and against tough competition from across Europe. Consisting of a 750m swim, 20k bike and a 5k run, it is not an event for the faint hearted and Harvey has already increased his training programme to ensure he is ready, now fitting in six training sessions a week around his studies and playing for the JC6 rugby team. "I’m focusing on bike training at the moment to improve my time," says Harvey, who says the 5k run as the hardest part about his event, "it’s the last part after you have already done a swim and a bike, so it’s definitely the hardest."
Harvey has competed in triathlons, alongside his brother Brad who also attended JC6, for six years, even introducing his brother to the sport after attending his local club. Competing in the same age group until recently, Harvey lists beating his brother as one of the highlights of taking part in triathlons, commenting, "we used to be really competitive until he moved up!" Both brothers can utilise this competitive streak in August as Brad has also qualified to compete at the event in the U25 age group.
"I am really looking forward to it, but I think I will be nervous on the day," Harvey said when thinking ahead to the day of the event. The winning athlete guarantees a place in following year’s race, otherwise competitors have to qualify again to return in 2021. Looking beyond next year, the Maths, Physics and PE student also has his sights set on a sporting career, "If I could make a career out of this that would be amazing, but otherwise I definitely want to do something sport related like Sports Science."
As well as qualifying for Malmo, Harvey has recently been named as 'Young Volunteer of the Year' by Triathlon England during a ceremony in November.
Everyone at JC6 are extremely proud of Harvey and Brad's achievements and are already looking forward to hearing how they get on next August!
JC6 students have been celebrating the successful outcomes of two years of study and hard work. Staff were delighted to watch so many happy students opening A level and level 3 BTEC results on August 15th.
115 students have confirmed places at University and will be setting off in September to study right across England and Wales, on courses including Policing, Maths, Mechanical Engineering, Criminology, Primary Education and Fashion.
While results day is crucial to students holding University offers, many of our students had already gained places on prestigious apprenticeship pathways, including Law, IT, finance and Engineering. Some even had to take time off work to come and collect their results!
Overall 16 students had a clean sweep of top BTEC or A level grades, with 35% of students achieving a high grade. Our pass rate remains above the national average, with students in 28 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate this year. Results in the new BTEC courses showed 44% of students gaining the highest distinction and starred distinction grades.
Jodie Anderton, who achieved A* grades in Media and Sociology and A in Psychology, said ‘I was both shocked and extremely happy when I opened my results. I’ve achieved the grades I needed to get into Loughborough University to study Psychology.'
I am very thankful to my teachers at JC6 who have helped me to get this far. It has taken a lot of hard work but it was definitely worth it. I am so excited for the next step in my life, and to follow my passion within the field of Psychology.’
Having achieved As in Biology, Geography, English Language and EPQ, Harry Clayton is off to study Biology at Leeds, while George Waters heads to the London School of Economics, with A* grades in Economics and Maths and A in Further Maths. Harry said, ‘I’m very pleased with my results and very much looking forward to my Uni life. I’m not too sure what my future career plans are but my degree will allow me to broaden my knowledge of the field and then tailor to my interests. I would love to have a career in something biology related and at the moment my main interests lie in genetics.’
Harry’s parents added: ‘We are so thrilled for Harry. He’s got the results that he deserved. He worked so hard. Many thanks to the school and teachers for the time and effort that went in to support our son during the most intensive academic experience that he’ll probably encounter.’
Whether they are working, going on to study or taking time out to travel or volunteer before making their next career move, we wish the class of 2019 all the very best.
It’s been our pleasure to share their sixth form journey with them.