Life in our Sixth Form

The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form offers a stimulating, vibrant and challenging environment to study. The staff are supportive, the students are friendly and the facilities are excellent.

Post 16 education is a personal journey, we believe it is important to recognise that every student follows their own individual path to reach their particular goal. The Canterbury Academy knows that employers are looking to recruit people who have initiative and drive and an ability to think creatively and analytically. For students looking to progress to university, these are also the skills and attributes that will get the attention of admission officers.

Sixth Form students have more freedom and independence and develop to manage themselves as young adults. Teachers will develop working relationships with them, with the expectation to work independently completing coursework and research in their own time.

Alongside this extra responsibility, comes significant support from The Canterbury Academy’s Sixth Form team. Students’ progress is monitored, with intervention and targeted study sessions in place to support students in achieving their potential. Alongside this, external pastoral support as well as information, advice and guidance towards university and career options is readily available for all students. A large portion of our students progress to university, including those in the Russell Group, in a variety of subjects.



We place a strong emphasis on developing leadership in our students, with students encouraged to contribute to the wider school in some way, from mentoring students in our Middle School or running a breakfast or lunch club at The Canterbury Primary School to becoming a Head of House or supporting whole school events.

There are also a wide range of enrichment activities available beyond the curriculum.

Through flexible timetabling, students are able to study a wide range of subjects, alongside our sports and performing arts academies, part time work or volunteering.

The Sixth Form Centre is the hub of student life with a variety of social and study areas. The UCafe is open to sixth form students and staff offering meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.