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Sixth Form 

at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School

Catholic Life in the Sixth Form

May God the Father, who made us, bless us. May God the Son, who redeemed us, send healing into our midst. May God the Holy Spirit, who gives us life, move within us. May God give us eyes to see God, ears to hear God, and hands to bring God's work into the world. May we walk with God and preach the word of God to all. May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last by God’s grace to the eternal Kingdom. Amen.


Saint Dominic Pray for us.

Saint Dominic DeGuzman is the Patron of our Sixth Form House. 

Each student is placed in a tutor group dedicated to one of the Dominican Saints.



Tutor groups

DG   Saint Dominic DeGuzman

RL   Saint Rose of Lima

TA   Saint Thomas Aquinas

VF   Saint Vincent Ferrer

AM  Saint Albert the Great

MC  Blessed Margaret of Castello


As a Catholic Sixth form we try to implement a religious influence into all that goes on in our day to day school lives. As our school patron saint is Saint Dominic we try to carry out all our actions in reflection of the school Dominican Values. In Sixth Form to reflect on the spirit of our patron saint Sixth Formers are asked to Catch the fire.  Therefore each term we focus on a particular Dominican Charism and reflect on how we carry these out and keep these going. Along with this we also try to implement the New Zealand Rugby All Blacks 15 principles to support our daily life and future of our Sixth Form.


n Sixth Form we attend multiple liturgical masses per year, two joining the Holy Souls parish, the Celebration of Saint Dominic, Ash Wednesday Mass, an Advent Hamper Mass and the year 13’s leavers mass in May. Along with this students have the opportunity to pray the Litany of the Hours each morning in the School Chapel at 0800. Students are also invited to the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday lunchtimes. Students are also invited to pray the rosary at any time in the Chapel but particularly on Wednesday lunchtimes led by the Legion of Mary from Holy Souls parish. Opportunities to practise the faith are in tutor time, assemblies and collective worship.

  • Ladies choose from:
    Conventional tailored short sleeved dress, skirt or trousers, in dark colours, blue, grey or black. Trousers should be full length and not cut off. Dresses and skirts must be worn with tights and must not be mini-length. Ponte/jersey trousers or skirts are not permitted A conventional blouse or shirt – plain, or modestly patterned providing it is tailored and designed for professional business wear. It must have sleeves and must not be low cut; it must cover shoulders and midriff. Cleavage should not be visible. Cardigans may be worn with blouse/shirt and jacket Plain shoes capable of being polished; suede shoes are not permitted. Shoes should be conventional, work orientated and comfortable in dark colours. Heels should be less than 5cm high. Boots above the ankle are not permitted. Conventional tailored jackets must be worn with dresses, skirts and trousers and must be in dark colours, brown, blue, grey, or black. Patterns are permissible as long as they are subtle and reflect the principle of smart professional dress i.e. – pin stripes, or faintly chequered. Ponte/jersey jackets are not permitted.
  • Gentlemen choose from:
    Conventional two piece suit or three piece suit, with matching tailored jacket and trousers in dark colours, as a general guide in blue, grey, or black. Trousers should be full length. Patterns are permissible as long as they are subtle and reflect the principle of smart professional business dress (i.e. – pin stripes and Prince of Wales check) Conventional office shirt plain or modestly patterned (i.e. stripes and checks) pastel coloured formal shirts may be worn provided they are tailored and designed for professional dress; these must be worn with a tie. Shirts must be tucked in to trousers at all times. The tie must be fully visible to below the knot at all times Cardigans may be worn with shirt, tie and jacket; tie knots must still be visible if a jumper or cardigan is worn Plain leather shoes, capable of being polished; suede shoes are not permitted. Conventional, work orientated and comfortable in dark colours. Ties are to be worn with the top button done up at all times and the knot covering the top button.
  • Other Dress Codes:
    Identity badges and House Lanyard MUST be worn and visible at all times whilst on the school site. Jewellery must be subtle and consistent with smart professional business dress. Belts are to be plain, regular width and designed to hold up trousers or skirts – not just a fashion accessory. No polo shirts and T-shirts Students’ hair should be well-kept, clean and moderate in style, length and treatment; bright dyed colouring, tram lines or other shaved shapes in the hair and ‘bar codes’ in eyebrows are not permitted No clothing with obscene slogans or messages is permitted No head garments (except those worn for parentally confirmed cultural, medical or religious reasons All students must wear jackets in assembly, at formal events as well as to and from classrooms. Students may take jackets off in classrooms, the common rooms, study rooms and the canteens. ​ Please note that the same dress code applies when students sit examinations. ​ The above list is not meant to be exhaustive but instead represents a guideline to the meaning of ‘business dress’. If in doubt the Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Sixth Form should be contacted prior to any purchase to confirm the suitability of any items.
  • The following are NOT permitted:
    Jeans or chino style trousers Jersey jackets, trousers or skirts Corduroy or denim ‘Hoodies’ of any description even if worn as an outdoor coat Headgear (except for parentally confirmed religious or medical reasons and it must be of Dark colours and matching the colour of the days attire) Trainers Combat trousers, shorts or cut-offs Strappy tops or vests Exposing bare midriff, cleavage or chest Sportswear / leisurewear, including velour and cotton jersey Extremes of style, for example, mini skirts Logos Visible facial or body piercings (except ear rings) or tattoos Unnatural hair colourings or extreme hairstyles
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