About Sixth Form

Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) was established in 2004 and is the joint Sixth Forms of Central Foundation Boys’ School, CoLA Highbury Grove, Highbury Fields School and St Aloysius’ College.

CoLAHG provides a high quality Sixth Form education in a friendly, supportive and productive learning environment. IC6 draws on the combined resources, teaching expertise and strengths of each of the four schools to provide a wide curriculum offer with a large selection of Academic (over 30 different A Levels) and Vocation (8 different pathways at 3 levels) courses. Each school contributes to the curriculum offer and has dedicated facilities that can be used at any time. Students are based (tutored) at one of the schools but can study courses at any of the centres as the curriculum is very flexible.

The sixth form now has its own dedicated website at www.ic6.co.uk  where you will be able to find full details of courses, extra curricular activities, student life and the admissions policy.


Year 11 students can apply to Highbury Grove from October 2016 through a two part application process.

The first part is the written application. Written applications can be made either online at the IC6 website (www.ic6.co.uk) or via paper copies found in the IC6 Prospectus. As part of this application, students will need to complete a personal statement explaining their strengths as a student; why they have chosen their particular subjects and what they hope to gain out of a place at Highbury Grove. Students will also need a reference from a teacher, which is usually written by their tutor or Head of Year.

The second part of the application process is an interview. After a successful written application has been submitted, year 11 students will be invited to interview. The interview is an important part of the application process and is an opportunity for students to discuss their post-16 choices with experienced members of the sixth form team.

Following their interview, students are contacted to let them know if their application has been successful.


Highbury Grove will  provide you with a broad and challenging educational experience that meets your individual needs and aspirations. For more information on each of the courses, please go to the curriculum section and select your chosen subject.

Currently we offer 25 A Level courses and 3 Advanced BTEC programmes:

A Level Courses
Biology Government and Politics
Business Studies Graphics (Art)
Chemistry History
Computing Mathematics
Drama Media Studies
Economics Music
English Language and Literature Philosophy and Ethics
English Literature Physics
Fine Art Psychology
French Sociology
Further Mathematics Turkish

We additionally offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification.

Advanced BTEC programme:

  • L3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in ICT
  • L3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business
  • L3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Art

As a part of IC6, a consortium of four high-achieving Islington schools, Highbury Grove works together with these institutions to provide students with an exceptionally broad post-sixteen curriculum.

National Baccalaureate

The National Baccalaureate @ Highbury Grove

The National Baccalaureate is a framework that gives recognition to the full range of a student’s achievements and learning experiences including their academic qualifications and personal development. The completion of the National Baccalaureate signifies that a student has received a rounded education and has achieved success in a range of skill areas, not limited to those tested in formal examinations.

The goal for all of our sixth form students at Highbury Grove will be to complete their National Baccalaureate by completing their core learning, the personal development programme and the Extended Project Qualification.

All students will receive completion certificates to mark this achievement and we look forward to celebrating with them


‘We believe that it can be the ‘extras’ that a student brings to the University, over and above the A-level results that secure them a place.’
University of Birmingham

‘They [the university] seemed interested and when I applied I got a letter asking for more info about the Bacc and the Extended Project. It gave me an extra edge, something else under your belt.’
Peter, Student, Leeds University


Enrichment details will come soon…

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

8 Highbury Grove | London | N5 2EQ

Telephone: 020 7288 8900

Part of:

City of London
Academies Trust