We recognise that in a highly competitive market, the best career option and the top university place does not always go to the candidate with the highest grades. Employers and universities want much more. They want people who have shown a willingness to embrace a challenge, to go beyond their own experience, to demonstrate achievement and leadership outside of the normal school environment.

At the Sixth Form you will have a unique opportunity. On Wednesdays, the focus will be away from timetabled subjects, and every student will take part in both academic enrichment and extra-curricular enrichment.


Academic Enrichment

Every student will leave us with an extra qualification beyond their A levels. Everyone will begin by completing the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, worth 70 UCAS points towards your university target. You will then have the option of either switching to an Extended Project, or to the prestigious Global Perspectives and Independent Research course, both of which have been used as part of their offer by universities.

Academic enrichment is not just about the grades and the UCAS points. It’s about independent thought and the real world skills of lateral thinking, research and the dedication to become not just an exception student, but simply exceptional.

The Extended Project

The Extended project is an opportunity for you to follow your own interests and in doing so demonstrate the skills and attitudes which are so attractive to universities and employers. You have a completely free choice in what you do. You might build a skateboard, design a dress, research a local issue, create a radio broadcast, write and direct a play…it’s completely up to you!

Assessment of the Extended Project is also flexible. You could write a 5000 word report or you may present your finished skateboard!

Global Perspectives

This is a highly prestigious course to be undertaken by the most able students who wish to compete for the most sought after university and career opportunities. To choose this option you will need five grade As at GCSE.

The course is centred on a research project of your choice, but its assessment is much more formal than the extended project. In Year 12, you will assessed on an exam, a word-limited essay and a short presentation. In Year 13, you will complete a research project on an area of your choice culminating in a 5000 word dissertation.

The course carries significant weight with many top universities.

Extra-Curricular Enrichment

At The Sixth Form you will not only have excellent study facilities, but you will also have access to an exceptional array of extra-curricular activities. As we have already mentioned there will be the opportunity to get involved in committees and societies over the course of Sixth Form education. Incredible off-site opportunities which not only add great weight to university applications but also help to develop essential life skills for the future will also be on offer.

Furthermore, there will be the opportunity for students to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award which is a wonderful challenge and an excellent experience for anyone involved. Additionally, the option for students to become involved in National Community Service may be available, as well as trips to Derwent Hill throughout the year.

One phenomenal opportunity is for students to become involved in a Big Expedition – a committee for which has already been established. The Big Expedition will involve fundraising and training over the course of the two years at The Sixth Form, finally culminating in the opportunity to travel to a destination chosen by students to take on a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

Not only is this enrichment a wonderful addition to students’ applications to university, but far more importantly, it will drive students to be the very best that they can be. It will allow them to develop outside of the classroom, offer opportunities to meet fantastic people and participate in challenges that may otherwise have been out of reach. This will utilise their Sixth Form experience to its fullest advantage.


Independent Study

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