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Pastoral

With over 150 students in the Sixth Form, our Sixth Form Centre provides specialist teaching rooms for ICT, Media Studies and Careers Education as well as a Lecture Theatre, where students regularly listen to speakers on a broad variety of topics.

Our Study room, with its own computer suite and WiFi, offers students a supervised room for quiet, individual study. Our Atrium café offers students an area to socialise and to work collaboratively.

The strong tutorial system in the Sixth Form closely supports the students with their studies and their personal development. The ways in which students can extend their academic experience are numerous and varied and include the Extended Project Qualification, the Lingfield Essay Competition, subject conferences, debating society, university lectures and the opportunity to take an extra AS level in Critical Thinking. At the end of Year 12 we also have an enrichment week which allows the students to participate in a number of activities, some of which are certificated, including first aid, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, car maintenance, food hygiene and self-defence. A number of students take up the opportunity to volunteer in community projects in Africa.

Our senior students are given a great deal of responsibility for their work and are expected to take advantage of the leadership opportunities available to them in the Sixth Form. As well as the Head Boy and Head Girl team, they can apply to become subject or house prefects or have a mentoring role with a form of Lower School students. All students are encouraged to be active in the School community and this can take the form of assisting with clubs, participating in productions, or being a member of an orchestra, choir or a sports team.

With the future in mind, we aim to make the most of our links with outside agencies in the community in order to promote work experience and develop our careers programme. In Year 13, students have the benefit of being looked after by a specialist team of tutors who have a wealth of experience in assisting with HE applications and personal statements as well as writing references. Tutees are closely supervised throughout the UCAS process and are given guidance in matching their predicted A Level grades with suitable courses.

Year 13 students applying for courses at either Oxford or Cambridge are placed together in their own tutor group for specialist guidance. On the UCAS preparation day they attend sessions with a Student Liaison Officer from Cambridge University who gives them detailed advice on how to prepare for their applications. They also attend the Oxbridge conference in the Summer term of Year 12 and receive support with preparing for the additional test requirements demanded by those institutions. Once they have been invited for interview, they are given specialist assistance with their preparation.

Our students leave us for diverse destinations including the top universities as well as institutions that are the best for their subject specialisms. We actively encourage them to broaden their horizons and seek to study abroad in Europe and the USA. By fostering an independent, active and responsible approach to life, we produce mature young men and women who can be confident, happy and successful.