Cambridge A-levels are internationally recognized by universities worldwide.
The Sixth Form was started in 1922 although there was mention of it in 1906. For some years it served as a post-matriculation course for ‘maturing’. In other words the principle of a Sixth Form year was initially based on a year of broader studies. In the thirties, candidates were entered for UNISA first year examinations, the successful candidates being admitted to universities in the second year.
The demands and pressures of modern education have obviously changed markedly since 1922 and by 1972 the British A-level system was introduced, with examinations through the Cambridge Board. From that time the Sixth Form has continued to expand and today averages between 60 and 90 boys and girls a year – a far cry from the small groups of the past.
What does VIth Form Offer?
St John’s offers a Sixth Form year which broadens and deepens the academic and intellectual perspectives of the student who is allowed to focus on three subjects of his/her choice in preparation for A-level exams (written in November). For students wishing to study overseas, Cambridge A-levels are a passport to any university, as they are internationally recognised. For students wishing to study in South Africa the Sixth Form year brings a university approach and maturity to their work, which is of enormous benefit to their tertiary education. By providing an atmosphere which is less restrictive than high school, the students are encouraged to cope confidently with greater personal responsibility and freedom.