Comberton Sixth Form
Comberton is a high performing, firmly established sixth form with a strong track record of both academic excellence and student progress. This is reflected in the fact that 87% of A-Level grades this year were at grades A*-C and the current Department for Education league tables show Comberton in the top 5% of all providers nationally for student progress.
With over 450 students from in excess of 25 schools, both national and international, the sixth form has a vibrant atmosphere with a wealth of opportunities, while at the same time being small enough to ensure our students are all known and treated as individuals. If you choose to join us we can help you achieve the highest possible academic outcomes through a combination of outstanding teaching and the close support needed to thrive in a more independent environment.
Our students follow individualised study programmes that aim to ensure academic stretch and challenge alongside the development of the key skills vital for your success and next steps in education, employment or further training. This year 99% of students applying for university places gained offers, with 77% being placed at their first choice university and over a third of university applicants with A-Levels going to Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge. In addition, a number of students have also been offered places on highly sought after school leaver programmes and apprenticeship schemes.
Comberton offers a wide variety of A-Levels and BTEC Level 3 courses which form the core of each student’s sixth form study programme. This is then enhanced with a range of addional qualifications and activities to ensure our students are prepared for life after sixth form.
Students aspiring to the top universities, inducing Oxford and Cambridge may decide to take a fourth A-Level, or the highly regarded Pre-U in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. There is also the option for all students to complete an Extended Project Qualification. Mathematicians have a wide range of options including Further Maths, Double Maths, A-Level Maths, Level 3 Core Maths as well the Advanced Extension Award and STEP qualification. If you chose to join us we will discuss the different options with you during an informal guidance interview to ensure you have the right combination of qualification to help you succeed both while at the sixth form and beyond.
Our students also enjoy an extensive range of additional opportunities that help them develop other skills that will benefit them in the future. These include numerous enrichment and social opportunities alongside subject trips, both international and UK based.
Academic Tutor Team
When you join us you will have your own academic tutor who will have dedicated time to get to know and to support you during your time at Comberton and also to prepare you for your next steps. You will have regular and timetabled one-to-one meetings with your tutor to discuss your progress and agree targets. Your tutor will work closely with you, your subject teachers and, if appropriate, the student support team. This ensures that they have a thorough understanding of all your needs and can offer you the best advice to help you to achieve the highest possible levels of success in all areas of Sixth Form life.
Student Support Team
The Sixth Form is fortunate enough to have a dedicated support team of teaching assistants and youth workers, along with a careers advisor, specialist counsellor and college nurse. All work very closely with the Sixth Form Leadership Team, academic tutors and subject teachers to ensure each student receives the tailored support they need to become independent, autonomous learners, as well as equipping them with the skills needed to be successful at university or in the workplace.
Our elected student council are always on hand to support you and offer guidance when needed. The dedicated Vice President for student welfare works closely with the Student Presidents and the Sixth Form Leadership Team to ensure the needs of all our students are met.
What makes us different?
We believe we have something special here at Comberton. We provide outstanding post-16 education in an environment where high standards of teaching, learning and academic progress are assured, while at the same time enabling students to learn the skills needed to be independent. Please do come and test this judgement for yourself at our open evening on Wednesday 30th November.
The Students' View
“Despite only knowing one person before arriving at Comberton, the caring and welcoming atmosphere meant I soon felt very much at home. I have been able to grow and flourish, as both a student and an individual, inspiring me to stand successfully for the role of Student President in our recent elections. I have had many opportunities to grow as an independent learner, and the Pre-U course in Global Perspectives – part of the optional extended curriculum at CSF – has been a really valuable and enjoyable complement to my core subjects in helping to develop the transferrable skills that will be essential for higher level study.”
Mathematics, Biology, Psychology, Pre-U Global Perspectives
“During my time at the sixth form so far, I have been given the opportunity to enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities offered to us, most notably the enrichment programme. There are a wide range of activities on offer, ranging from sports to the arts to charitable and mentoring activities. Personally, I did the drama enrichment which entailed working towards the production of a play at the end of the year - the process was student led so we really had the creative freedom to take it wherever we wanted, which was fun and allowed us to express our creativity. Enrichment gives you skills to take beyond the sixth form and allows you to meet new people and make new friends. This is just one of the extra-curricular opportunities available here, so there really is something for everyone.”
History, Chemistry, Drama & Theatre Studies
“The teachers at Comberton made every effort to make sure all Oxbridge applicants felt comfortable when submitting our applications. Starting with key information early on in Year 12, we were all supported at every stage, from help understanding the pre-interview assessments to the thorough interview preparation sessions my teachers kindly ran. Their efforts eased the whole process and gave us the confidence we needed to perform at our best”
Double Maths, Spanish, Physics, Pre-U Global Perspectives
In order to ensure students can travel to Comberton Sixth Form we operate 8 bus routes covering the following areas:
St Neots Route: Little Paxton, St Neots, Eynesbury, Abbotsley, Gt Gransden.
Potton Route: Potton. Gamlingay, Warseley, Gt Gransden and Lt Gransden.
Royston Route: Royston, Meldreth, Melbourn, Foxton, Shepreth, Barrington, Orwell, Eversdens and Kingston
Swavesey Route: Longstanton, Over, Swavesey, Fen Drayton, Fenstanton, Hilton, Papworth Everard and Hardwick.
Bassingbourn Route: Bassingbourn, LItlington, Steeple Morden, Guilden Morden, Croydon, Arrington, Caxton, Lower Cambourne and Bourn
Cambourne route: Gt and Upper Cambourne, Knapwell turn, Childerley and Caldecote
Sawston Route: Sawston, Gt Shelford, Lt Shelford, Hauxton, Harston, Haslingfield and Harlton
Girton Route: Girton, Oakington, Bar Hill and Dry Drayton