The Sixth Form is not all hard work. Right from the start, on Transition Days in the summer, we mix our academic focus with trips, socials, community volunteering and in-school clubs and societies. There are regular small scale day trips, ranging from visits to Durham University library, to sketching in Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and students are encouraged to set up and self-manage whatever activities they would like to take part in.
Excellent off-site prospects are also available, such as the opportunity for students to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award or the NCS graduate scheme. And this is not just for a few of the students – all year 12s attend a weekend leadership course in Derwent Hill in the early weeks of the autumn term, where they bond with their new tutor groups and decide amongst themselves who will be the Student Leadership Team.
In addition to this, a phenomenal opportunity exists for students to become involved in a major Expedition. This 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 the students to take on once-in-a-lifetime challenge. Current Year 12s have begun this journey already!
Not only are our enrichment activities a wonderful addition to students’ applications to university, but far more importantly, they drive students to be the very best that they can be. They 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.
Your time at Sixth Form will not just be a chance to collect some excellent grades – it might even change the way you see the world.