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Why Northgate

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We have a track record of success and over 240 students from more than 30 schools choose Northgate Sixth Form every year. From excellent exam results to flourishing personalities, below are some reasons for our widespread appeal:


High Quality

  • Excellent results – Summer of 2023 saw 28.5% of the overall entries awarded A* or A with 74.2% of A Levels graded A* to C.
  • The Sixth Form is a vibrant learning community, where every student is valued as an individual. In Sixth Form lessons, teachers plan stimulating and challenging learning opportunities. These help students to make strong progress. Students are offered a range of opportunities, including leadership roles and work experience – Ofsted 2019. 
  • Specialist staff – students are taught by teachers that are specialists in their subject. 
  • First-rate IT and study facilities with a high standard of specialist teaching areas.
  • Arts Centre: home to modern dance and drama studios.
  • Sports Centre: excellent sports facilities, including a 400m athletics track and a fitness centre. Sixth Form students have access to Northgate Gym.


Lots of choices

  • A wide range of subjects and possible combinations of subjects – 32 A Level and 2 Level 3 qualifications.
  • A variety of challenging and fun extracurricular opportunities: from sports to music to theatre.


There’s help at hand

We’re not going to spoon-feed you, but we don’t expect you to do it all alone.

There are many ways we can support you:



You’ll be part of a tutor group that meets daily for registration. During this time there will be an opportunity to discuss your academic and personal development.

The Office

Any questions or concerns can be discussed in the Sixth Form Office. Mr Alexander is the Head of Sixth Form, with three Assistant Heads; Miss Fowler, Mr Watson and Mrs Pope. Mrs Nunn is the Learning Support Assistant with Sixth Form responsibility, Mrs Cheesman, our Admissions Officer and Mrs Newbold, our Sixth Form Support Officer are all happy to help.

Pastoral Officers

Pastoral Officers are available to give emotional support and advice to students when they are facing difficulties and give advice on study practices and revision skills.

Confidential Support

We understand the sensitive nature of some things. This is why there’s an on-site counsellor and a school nurse who are always available and anything discussed is confidential.

Group Size

Most groups are taught in groups of 18 or less. This allows our teachers to provide a more personal learning experience.

Learning Support Department

If you have specific needs, please contact Mrs Nunn for an informal discussion. They are also happy to arrange individual visits where necessary.


Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123