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Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Key Stage 5 (6th Form)

Ages 16-19


Key Stage 5 covers Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 19) and is also known as the 6th Form.

The 6th Form is designed to maximize students’ academic achievements and ensure that they leave The Senior School equipped for whatever path they have chosen. It is about ensuring students develop personally, that they are confident in social situations, at University and in the work place. It is about making sure that their University or job applications put them in the best position to succeed. This is achieved through rigorous and stimulating teaching, an enjoyable and challenging tutorial programme as well as a wide choice of extra curricular and enrichment activities.

Students take four subjects at AS in Year 12 with the option of also taking the Greek Civil Service Examination. Two periods a week are allocated to Physical Education.

In Year 13 students can choose to continue with their four subjects at A2 or to drop one subject and follow the EPQ (Extended Project) option.

During periods when students do not have lessons they are expected to study in the allocated Sixth Form Study Room which is supervised by teaching staff.

Students are encouraged to take part in activities which enrich and extend their school experience beyond the classroom. There are opportunities for students to do voluntary work in the School Community as a student mentor, learning assistant or Student Council member. Many students also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

In addition there are opportunities to contribute to the wider life of the School through sporting, musical or theatrical events.

The Head of Key Stage 5 monitors students carefully and, together with Form Tutors, provides mentoring to support students on their journey towards University education.

Careers Education and Guidance will be provided for students in our 6th Form and will be an important part of career planning, and helping to identify pathways, employment, studying and training opportunities. Central to monitoring progress and providing direction is the mentoring system and individual action planning. Students will be encouraged to consider possible future career paths, researching requirements in terms of qualifications, skills and experience and devising strategies to obtain them. Progress will be monitored regularly and new targets set as necessary.

Assistance will also be given regarding online UCAS applications. Part of careers guidance will be a focus on how to complete the personal statement as part of the UCAS application process. This will take place towards the end of year 12.

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