The Sixth Form provides the opportunity for boys to become more independent in their learning, take on greater responsibility and develop as leaders within the school community. We believe that this is critical as a preparation for their lives at university and beyond.
Most Year 11 pupils continue into the Sixth Form and around 10 pupils from other schools normally join us at this stage. There are approximately 110 boys in each year of the Sixth Form, with class sizes of around 12.
All boys study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which provides an internationally recognised education that prepares boys for higher education and, ultimately, their career. Boys study six subjects including English, Maths, a language, a science and a humanities subject along with a core element comprising a course in the theory of knowledge and an extended essay.
The academic and intellectual life stretches far beyond lessons and boys are encouraged to participate in national competitions and can also take advantage of the numerous societies, visiting lectures, trips and cultural visits.
In a typical year, over 40% of boys will achieve an IB Diploma score of 40 points or above, higher than the equivalent of four A*s at A-level. On average, 20 boys each year gain places at Oxford or Cambridge, the vast majority go on to the very best universities, and there is a balance between scientific, mathematical and humanities subjects.
A wealth of UCAS support is provided and there is a designated Head of Oxbridge Admissions to support candidates through the application process. Pupils attend a university and gap year fair, a UCAS day, and professional networking events, as well as having timetabled careers lessons and access to advice, support and placement opportunities from hundreds of alumni through the Careers Network.
An extensive range of trips and extra-curricular activities contribute to a well-rounded Sixth Form experience and provide preparation for life at university and beyond.
From participating in leadership activities and mentoring programmes for younger boys, to joining the Combined Cadet Force and supporting the outreach activities for local junior schools, these enriching experiences develop appropriate skills for the world of work.
Boys also have the opportunity to take part in a number of different sports, music ensembles and drama groups.
Our Sixth Form Centre, which opened in September 2013, comprises private study areas, a computer suite and a modern Sixth Form common room with its own catering facility, all allowing for a more independent learning and social environment tailored to Sixth Form life.