Sixth Form (ages 16-18)
Our sixth form offers a traditional, academic curriculum, which aims to prepare our students for top universities and successful careers beyond their academic study. As with all sections of the school, we believe that small class sizes, and individual care and attention are the key to effective pastoral and academic support. Each student is assigned a form tutor with no more than 12 students to a tutor group. Over the two years they develop a strong, supportive relationship with their students and their families. Academic progress is further supported by the sixth form academic tutor as well as subject teachers. A strong pastoral care system keeps a close eye on each student’s welfare as they progress through their A level studies. The heads of year 12 and 13 monitor progress and performance as well as offering an understanding ear to help students if they encounter difficulties in school or family life. Information on the individual subjects currently available can be downloaded from the documents below.
Most of our A Level students choose 4 A Levels to study in Year 12, and reduce to 3 subjects in Year 13. Our most popular subjects are Maths, Further Maths and the Sciences, but many students also elect to study Psychology, Business Studies and Economics or the Humanities. The Arts and Languages tend to be taught in particularly small groups as we realise the benefits of one to one support in these subject areas. Our students will usually then reduce their curriculum by one subject as they progress into year 13. As with all aspects of sixth form life there is always flexibility to suit the needs and ambitions of each individual student. Students are also given the opportunity to study for an extended project qualification (EPQ), or Open University module if they so choose.
A key feature of our sixth form is the support our students get from the higher education and careers department. Careers staff are constantly available on a drop in basis and are always willing to go the extra mile to help. We offer enhancement programmes for those students with Oxbridge ambitions, and for those intending to study on the most heavily oversubscribed degree courses such as Veterinary Science or Medicine. We have a very high success rate of placing our students on the most competitive university courses, and at the most prestigious universities.
A wide and varied programme of extra-curricular activities continues into the sixth form. A full programme of sports, music and drama, our Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Project Ghana, and the National Citizenship Service (NCS) ‘challenge’ programme. Mock trial, debating club and a variety of other clubs allow sixth formers to benefit from involvement in the wider life of the school, and act as role models to our younger students, as well as helping staff to lead activities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and the leadership, resilience and self reliance it nurtures are highly valued in our sixth form, and we encourage all interested students to get involved.
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