Sixth Form

School life in the Sixth Form

King Edward’s is a senior boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 11 -18, and as such the Sixth Form is very much part of the whole School. However, it is distinctive in the more independent approach to studying, privileges and responsibilities afforded to Sixth Form pupils. Around the School, there are attractive areas for group or private study, including the library, ICT suite, Sixth Form centre, the Piccadilly Café and work areas in your House.

King Edward’s offers pupils entering the Sixth Form the choice of A-levels or the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Detailed information on subject choices are in the Sixth Form Prospectus. Whichever educational course pupils pursue they are supported by a pastoral team led by the Head of Sixth Form and IB Coordinator, the Head of Careers, House Parents and assistants, an academic tutor and subject teachers. Whether you are an existing pupil or new to the School, you will start your Sixth Form with guidance that will help you shape a balanced, exciting academic programme to suit your future ambitions. We provide individual advice so that every pupil can choose the subject combinations that will play to his or her strengths and create opportunities and choice in your field of interest.

As an A-level and IB School, with a Pre-Sixth year, King Edward’s Sixth Form welcomes a cohort of international students from all corners of the world. There is a wonderful exchange of sharing British life and learning about other cultures and differences. This diversity enriches our pupils’ experience and develops a global empathy. For all pupils, day and boarding, local, national and international, girls and boys, our global outlook and cultural experiences are enhanced with regular trips to theatres, galleries, museums, sporting events, concerts and more. Subject specific trips are taken to coastlines, towns and cities to enhance Geography studies or to inspire Creative Arts.  There is a strong co-curricular programme with over 50 Clubs and Societies so there is something for everyone. In the holidays cultural adventures go further afield, for example the Sixth Form Business and Economics trip to New York taking in Wall Street and Macey’s; the India expedition to soak up its culture and religions; St. Petersburg visit to touch and feel the rich history of Russia; not forgetting the much-loved and active annual ski trip to a European destination.x

Sixth Form boarding and day pupils belong to one of the senior Houses along with pupils from 3rd to 5th Form (aged 13 to 15). Your House will be your home where you friendships will develop with both day and boarding pupils across the school years. You will have a chance to learn from your peers as well as to mentor younger girls and boys. We foster a strong sense of home and belonging through inter-House activities and competitions. The most popular, and sought-after House cups are House Drama and House Music with further opportunities to compete for Inter-House Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey and Sports Day focused on athletics. The Cockhouse Cup is the big prize – awarded to the House with the highest points over academic, co-curricular, community and generosity of spirit over the year.

We encourage Sixth Form pupils to take on responsibility and leadership roles, contributing to areas of school life that suit their strengths and offer new challenges. In addition to the key roles of Prefect, Head of House and Head of School, Sixth Formers may become Careers Ambassadors, Subject Specialists, Editors of the school’s publications such as House magazine, to coach and guide younger pupils in sports teams and as Directors of Drama and Music.

As a relatively small school community you will quickly get to know other pupils, your teachers and pastoral team of staff. You will find a very supporting spirit where everyone is encouraged to embrace all the opportunities a British boarding and day school offers, both within and outside academic studies. We look forward to welcoming you to our school to discover more.

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