Why join our Sixth Form?
There is a poster that hangs in our Sixth Form Centre which encapsulates our philosophy, ‘Work hard and be nice to people.’ Our Sixth Formers do work hard at their studies, but they are also at the very heart of the school, playing a vital role in the wellbeing of both the school community and the wider community too. All of our students follow a rigorous academic programme and also find time to help others.
What does it offer?
We are a traditional Sixth Form based primarily on the ethos of high quality teaching, delivered by very experienced subject specialists, leading to excellent individual results for our students. This is backed up by our excellent pastoral system ensuring that students have the support necessary to achieve their highest potential.
Facilities are good, with specialist classrooms and laboratories, and a high level of equipment. The Sixth Form has its own Centre and study areas. Access to Information Technology is easy, and well supported, both inside the classroom and out. An Independent Learning Centre is available for exclusive use by Sixth Formers along with laptops which can be used in the Sixth Form Centre. A well-furnished reading room is also available for reading and individual study.
Outside the formal curriculum, members of the Sixth Form pursue a wide and varied range of activities. These include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise, Parents’ Association Challenge Awards, World Challenge, Operation Nepal, Operation Wallacea, sport, sailing, music, drama, public speaking, the speaking newspaper and much more. There are numerous theatre and other visits throughout the year, including opportunities to take part in activities abroad. In recent years, for example, these have included ski trips, Geology trips to Iceland and Italy, Modern Language exchange trips and Art Department visits to Barcelona.
The Sixth Form is encouraged to manage its own affairs through the Sixth Form Committee and the Sixth Form Social Committee. The Sixth Form Committee deals with issues covering all aspects of school life and feeds into the School Council. The Sixth Form Social Committee organises social activities for the Sixth Form including the end of year Upper Sixth Leavers’ Ball and the Sixth Form Yearbook. The Upper Sixth also play an essential and valuable leadership role such as Duty Prefects, Form Prefects, Peer Listeners and Subject Mentors. All Upper Sixth students are expected to take on at least one position of responsibility.
All in all, we welcome students who are eager to learn in a lively atmosphere where the emphasis is on individual development and encouragement.