JBVI: You don’t need to travel far to get ahead
JBVI is the sixth form phase of NCEA Duke’s Secondary School, based at our Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington. We are a welcoming and inclusive sixth form provision with many of our students staying into sixth form from Duke’s Secondary and an increasing number of students joining us after Year 11 from a range of other schools.
JBVI is an exciting place to learn and we pride ourselves on how well our students are prepared to progress into university study, apprenticeships and employment. We put a strong emphasis on being the best you can be here and this means working hard, developing great attitudes to learning, and experiencing as many opportunities as you can.
Ofsted visited us in 2015 and judged JBVI to be a “good” sixth form, and every year our student results demonstrate why. In fact, our results have improved every year for the last five years, achieving record student outcomes in summer 2016. They visited again in 2017 and again judged JBVI as a “good” sixth form.
Our curriculum offers a good range of A Level subjects to choose from and a number of excellent vocational options. Our vocational provision has been judged to be in the top 10% of sixth form providers nationally for the last two years, and our students are able to study a mixed programme of both vocational and academic subjects, meaning that they really can set their sights on excellent futures through the education and training at JBVI.
I am very proud of what our pupils achieve during their time in JBVI, and not just in their academic outcomes, although clearly, this is crucial. At this sixth form we expect students to leave us with as wide an experience as possible, whether that is through completing Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), volunteering abroad,or sports leadership.
We have supported students this year to visit Botswana and Korea, along with many other trips and visits within the UK. I am equally proud of what our pupils go on to achieve; the majority of our students leave JBVI after achieving a place at university, and some go on to amazing apprenticeship opportunities and others into employment. Whatever their destination, students leave us as young adults with a wide range of skills, positive attitudes and an array of experiences that set them apart and give them opportunities to progress into many different futures.
JBVI is part of a large and diverse Church of England academy, and as such we are motivated by our belief that every person is made in the likeness of God, and if nurtured, encouraged and challenged, that person will flourish and their light will shine.
Steve Gibson, Principal