The success of the Sixth Form cannot be measured solely upon results or numbers, nor even enjoyment. Its purpose is as much to prepare the boys for their future, helping them to choose a meaningful and suitable next step.
For many this will be university; students are guided through the UCAS process from start to finish, and given all the support they need to ensure their applications are of the highest quality. In the past, leavers have gone on to study all manner of subjects, from Maths and Physics at York University, Geography at Southampton University, Music at Canterbury Christchurch and IT at Chichester University. One student even achieved a scholarship to study History at Aberystwyth.
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Equally, a number of students have chosen to do Foundation degrees in Art and Design. This is an additional preparation year prior to a main degree, and a common approach for those keen to pursue a host of art-related subjects.
Others still will choose to seek work or apprenticeships. The school has a dedicated and experienced Careers Advisor who meets with every student when they are in both the Lower Sixth and the Upper Sixth, and who guides students down the various paths available to them.
Throughout their time in the Sixth Form, students are also able to explore possible courses and job advice through the careers site Fast Tomato. Each boy has their own login and profile, and can also use the site to aid in UCAS preparations and to keep track of the many options open to them.
The support that students receive does not end here. We like to remain in touch with past pupils, and in the November after their departure they are invited back to the school for a celebratory evening. There is also a former-pupils’ Facebook page and we are in the process of setting up an official Alumni.