The Difference between a Sixth form and College

What’s different about our independent sixth form in London?

The transition from senior school to a sixth form or college is a key milestone for any student. As a parent, you want the best for your son or daughter and providing informed advice and support to your child as they make this important decision is bound to be a priority. However, choosing just one independent sixth form in London from the host of available options can feel like an insurmountable task. Our prospectus aims to explain what’s special about North Bridge House sixth form and what makes it different from an independent college – you might just find that our unique provision is the best match for your child.

The difference between sixth form and college

We pride ourselves on the inspirational teachers and state-of the-art-facilities at our sixth form, but it’s the warm, intimate and inclusive atmosphere that really gives North Bridge House that boutique feel and separates it from the rest. Colleges in London tend to be larger institutions where students have a lot more scope for free time and independent study than a smaller, more structured sixth form. However, we like to think that North Bridge House students get the best of both worlds, receiving the personalised support and family atmosphere that a smaller sixth form can offer as well as encouragement to take responsibility for their own learning.

In fact, the mature atmosphere that sets North Bridge House apart from other private sixth form colleges mirrors that which they could expect at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Here, students are treated as adults, nurtured to lead their own learning in seminar-style classes and encouraged to engage in private study sessions to help prepare for post-school life – a very different environment from the traditional inner-city college.

Additionally, many of our highly skilled and sought-after staff have studied or taught at some of the top universities in the country. So, unlike some independent colleges in London, we can provide tailored, one-to-one support on the admissions processes for institutions like Oxbridge, including mock interviews.

Focus on the whole child

As well as a strong focus on academic achievement and a culture where pupils exceed expectations through smaller class sizes, greater individual attention and exceptional teaching, North Bridge House offers first class pastoral care and utilises the latest research into teenage learning behaviour to inform our pupil support programme. This helps us and parents gain a greater understanding of our teens.

Additionally, as you will see from our prospectus, we also offer a broad range of enrichment activities to help students develop interests and ensure they have all the skills they might need for their lives in the future.

Just as in many private sixth form colleges in London, academia is a key part of the North Bridge House experience. However, it certainly isn’t the only consideration.

Prime London location

Finally, North Bridge House enjoys an exceptional, prime London location in Islington with the sixth form housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Tudor building. Students can take advantage of an inspiring, historical learning environment – a quiet leafy oasis in central London – whilst enjoying stylishly-designed interiors and a host of contemporary facilities.

Book a visit

Of course, the best way to find out what makes North Bridge House so special is to pay us a visit and see for yourself.
Find out more about our sixth form in London, Canonbury and contact North Bridge House today.