Sigma Sixth

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Welcome to
Sigma Sixth Colchester
Welcome to
Sigma Sixth Colchester
Welcome to
Sigma Sixth Colchester

Discover Yourself, Define Your Future

Welcome to Sigma Sixth, Colchester. We hope that our website will help you make the best decision about continuing education Post 16. 

At Sigma Sixth, Colchester our young people are valued. We have the highest expectations from all our students, whether that is academic achievement, involvement in the college and care for each other.

Building on the traditions and academic success of the former Philip Morant College, Sigma Sixth, Colchester formed in September 2020. The college is part of The Sigma Trust’s post-16 offer for The Stanway School, Paxman Academy, St. Helena School and The Thomas Lord Audley School. Although located on The Philip Morant School site, we welcome over half of our students from local schools and non-Sigma Trust schools, who quickly become important and valued members of our community.

Sigma Sixth, Colchester is proud to include a Sports Academy which is based at The Northern Gateway Sports Park. Students can choose to study either the  Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development course or access the extra-curricular provision of the academy when studying A-Levels.

Education is about giving our young people the very best start in life so they are prepared fully to go to university, college or start a carer in their chosen field of employment. Our sixth form team will support you every step of the way.

Sigma Sixth, Colchester is a progressive sixth form, with a proven track record. Our teachers are experienced subject specialists who will not only provide an excellent education, but they will also provide the very best care, guidance and support. Life in the college is relaxed yet purposeful.

We recognise that the quality of facilities can help students excel. Our college has a purpose built block which is exclusively used by our sixth form students, including a College Cafe, a large study centre and e-learning suite.

We thank you for considering Sigma Sixth, Colchester and hope that the information provided enables you to make the best choice for you in terms of courses and institution for continued education Post 16. We are committed to share this journey with you.

“Teachers in the sixth form have strong subject knowledge and convey their enthusiasm for their subjects well.” (Ofsted)

Scott Holder | Executive Head Teacher 

Peta Smith  | Assistant Head Teacher (Head of College)

Life in the Sixth Form

At Sigma Sixth, Colchester we believe not only in giving our students the very best chance of academic success, but also in preparing our young people for life beyond the college gates. When considering Post 16 courses take into account what you want to do next, whether that is university, further education or an apprenticeship.

The Sixth Form Curriculum Structure is divided into two distinct provisions:

  • A-level
  • BTEC

The A-level programme is designed for those students who achieved high success at GCSE and plan to follow a place at university or other high educational institution. In the 6th Form, all students will follow three subjects, (and for the most able, four if they wish) from a large number of choices. Students can choose to study BTECs. Each BTEC takes the time of three A-levels and is delivered over 2 years. Students must successfully pass Year 12 in order to continue into Year 13. All Post 16 courses require wholehearted commitment in order to achieve the best possible result, which is why we place a great emphasis on ensuring our students are developing a skill set that will prepare them for whatever they choose to do next.

How To Apply


Candidates must have:

  • A Level: A minimum of five passes at grade 5 or higher at GCSE, three of which must be a grade 6 or higher. Within these passes, there must be a grade 5 or higher in English Language and Maths.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development: 4 or more GCSE grades of 9 – 4, including English Language & Maths preferrable. (Student can resit Maths & English, if necessary.)


Applications are online and should be submitted by 31st January 2021. Click the ‘Apply Now’ button below and follow the instructions on screen.

Once you have completed and sent your application form, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

Sigma Sixth Sports Academy

Sigma Sixth Sports Academy is having two taster sessions next week.  A football taster session on Monday 7th December at 6.30pm and a Rugby taster session at 7pm on Thursday 10th December.  These will take place on the 4G pitch at the Philip Morant School site.  If you would like any further information regarding these two sessions, or are interested but unable to attend, please contact Jon Taylor, Director of Sport at 

Based at The Northern Gateway Sports Park, Sigma Sixth Sports Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to study for their A Levels, or the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development, whilst training and competing in their chosen sport. Currently Football, Rugby, Basketball and Golf academies are available, but we are looking to develop this programme in the future so please contact us to see if we can support your application. We are also running a Student Athlete Development Programme alongside studies provide strength and conditioning, sports injuries support, training management, nutrition and recovery regardless of your sports specialism so anyone can join the sports academy programme, study with us and gain the benefits.

Video: Watch Sigma Sixth Sports Academy Introduction

Training, coaching and playing matches are managed by fully qualified professional coaches with a professional sports background, and qualifications in coaching and education. We train more than any other College in the region, allowing for faster development of skills and performance and, as part of the training, we cover all aspects of technical and tactical elements of the game, in addition to physical training and recovery. We also have access to a physiotherapy clinic to cater for all prehab and rehab needs, and a state-of-the-art gym for all fitness, strength and conditioning requirements.

Video: Watch Student Athlete Development Academy