‘Students are supported effectively in selecting programmes of study that are best suited to their needs and ability’ (Ofsted 2017)

‘Our curriculum is designed to provide a range of subjects that allow our students to progress onto the next stages of their education or onto the career pathways of their choice. Whether your ambition is to progress onto university study in areas such as Forensic Science, Law, Psychology, Economics, Sport Science, Criminology or Art, the subjects you will be required to take will be found within our curriculum. Likewise, career and apprenticeship pathways such as nursing, Accountancy, Business Administration and Childcare (to name but a few) are all accessible through the subjects we offer.  One result of the breadth of curriculum that we offer is that an increasing number of our students are progressing on to top universities.  We are also particularly proud of our overall progression figures which show that the number of our students who progress directly into either further education, employment or training are consistently one of the highest in the county.

The results that our students achieve are also a major factor in their ability to progress on to great destinations post-16.  Our overall results have improved hugely in the last 5 years and our vocational results have been consistently among the highest in the country. These reasons, combined with the fact that we have been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by OfSTED  during its last two inspections means that there has never been a better time to join JBVI. You really don’t have to travel far to get ahead.’

Mr B Line, Deputy Principal

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview

To select the correct curriculum, students need to take into account their predicted attainment 8 score. They will follow a programme of either two double or four single or one double and two single courses at L3, and the details of this are contained in the prospectus. There are also a number of L2 pathways available.

Choosing this subject combination is the most important decision that students have yet made in your education. Any decisions need to be researched carefully including finding out more about the subjects by reading the prospectus and / or by talking to the staff who teach those subjects. Students should also consider if their subject choices match their future ambitions, whether that be employment or university. A conversation with any members of the Duke’s Sixth Form or Careers teams will help to make an informed choice

Students with an attainment 8 score of fewer than 40 will be able to access our new Level 2 pathway. This is a one year option designed for students who wish to come into JBVI but are not quite ready to progress on to Level 3 courses. It is designed as a preparatory year with the expectation that students will move on to the Level 3 vocational pathway for the next academic year if they have reached the required standard to do so. If students move into JBVI and have not passed GCSE English and/or maths with at least a grade 4 then it is now a mandatory requirement that they re-sit these qualifications. These subjects are vital for entry into university or employment.


Due to the early school closure, we have not been able to complete all of our Year 11 options interviews. If you would like to join the sixth form at Duke’s Secondary School in September, please contact Mrs Towers via e-mail at to choose your subjects.

Students not returning to sixth form, please could you also contact Mrs Towers so we can record your intended destination.