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The Experience


We believe that we offer a truly unique Sixth Form experience. We want to encourage you to follow your passions and interests and indulge in an array of invaluable experiences for personal growth, cultural enhancement and community involvement.

With a wealth of learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, here are some examples of what we have on offer:

  • Community outreach work: volunteering, charity work and fundraising events
  • Debating opportunities through Model United Nations and Debate Mate
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (Silver and Gold) and National Citizens Service
  • Clubs, including art, chess, climate change, cultural exchange, drama, fitness, Geography society, mindfulness; Spanish cinema, table tennis and wellbeing
  • Cultural trips, including museums, art galleries and landmarks
  • Outward bound residentials and field trips including opportunities for global travel, with visits and expeditions abroad.

Student Leadership

Nurturing ambition, boosting resilience, developing leadership and team building skills will be encouraged to ensure that your personal development and wellbeing are a priority.

We concentrate on developing self-confidence, community awareness, self-esteem and softer ‘transferable’ skills as part of building your portfolio of work and personal life attributes.

Throughout the Sixth Form, you will be encouraged to assume positions of responsibility to aid in the development of these key skills whilst supporting the school and Sixth Form.

Opportunities for leadership and enhancing your skill set include:

  • A range of senior leadership and peer mentoring roles including: Head Boy/Girl; Deputy Head Boy/Girl; Senior Prefect for Peer Mentoring and New Starters; the Charity Events Committee and Common Room Committee
  • Student-led programmes, including involvement in our Student Council and creating and running clubs for younger students
  • An enhanced Leadership Programme where sixth formers learn to become leaders in their chosen field
  • Study and Entrepreneurial Life Skills Programme
  • Support with CV writing and job interview preparation.

Careers Guidance 

Careers Education and Guidance forms an important element of the Sixth Form Curriculum. It aims to remind you of and introduce you to, the increased opportunities which are opened up by Sixth Form study.

Much of what is done in CEG in the Sixth Form is a continuation of the process started earlier in your school career. This includes: options available post-16, weekly employer talks, taster days, careers fairs, motivational speakers, colleges and university visits, coaches and mentors. 

Visits are organised to the UCAS Higher Education Fair in the Spring Term to help with University choices.

We invite past students to come in to school to give advice about all aspects of student life. Guidance sessions are held to guide university applicants through the UCAS procedure and to advise on student finance.