New CCF and Arts Pathways at JBVI

From September 2017, the Academy’s sixth form, JBVI, will be offering two new pathways to give students a head start in their careers.

The bespoke pathways in Expressive Arts and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) are specially designed for students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the arts or uniformed services.

Steve Gibson, Principal Director of the Academy’s Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, said: “We believe that by combining excellent teaching with first-class enrichment opportunities, we are offering students new education pathways that are unique in the area.

“While academic achievement is of course important, taking part in music and drama performances and joining our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) will ensure our students are well-prepared for life beyond school and are able to gain the best possible start in their chosen career.”

With a tailored programme of activities, students will not only gain excellent grades, but also a wealth of skills and experiences to ensure they stand out from the crowd in any future university, apprenticeship or job application.

These may include Rock School Awards, instrumental tuition, pipes and drums, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and skills at arms training.

Mr Thompson, Director of Performing Arts, said: “I’m delighted that this Performance pathway has been created, allowing students the opportunity to not have to make a choice between one performance subject or another.

“This allows for students to take a multi-disciplined course of study, and to complement one with the other. This is a really exciting development and I’m really looking forward to leading and teaching on this pathway”.


JBVI is offering two pathways for students wishing to progress into the uniformed services:

  • The CCF Pathway for those wanting to join the ranks of one of the armed forces.
  • The Leadership Pathway for those wishing to focus on preparing for a leadership role in one of the uniformed services.

Maj Parker, Contingent Commander NCEA CCF, said: “Students will be able to develop their understanding of the world of sport and fitness through a double qualification, the equivalent of two A-levels,  in BTEC Sport alongside the Public Services Qualification which introduces students to the world of the uniformed service.

“Running alongside these qualifications will be a comprehensive faculty enrichment programme consisting of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, SQCF Piping and Drumming Awards, and CVQO Teamwork and Personal Development.  There will also be numerous trip opportunities.”

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors, JBVI was praised for its strong focus on raising aspiration.

Sixth Form results have improved every year for the last five years, achieving record student outcomes in summer 2016.

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