Pupils are encouraged to think about their next steps and future subject choices through all years of the senior school as part of the PSHE programme. Learning skills are developed to enable pupils to continue to flourish within the greater academic demands of A Level and BTEC study through a more responsible and independent approach to their learning.
From the Middle Fifth (Year 10) onwards, pupils have some opportunities to visit the sixth form centre at break time to get a feel for life in the sixth form. In Upper Fifth (Year 11), there is a structured pathway preparing pupils for the transition to sixth form, comprising an assembly from the Assistant Head (Sixth Form), a morning of taster lessons for new subjects on offer in the sixth form, a dedicated sixth form open evening in November for pupils and parents in Upper Fifth, and lastly a parents’ evening later in the year timed to enable more detailed subject choice discussions with teachers and their Head of House.
Upper Fifth pupils and parents receive the sixth form options booklet – a comprehensive guide to life and studies in the sixth form – and are guided through the stages of background thinking, subject selection and future-proofing with the support of their head of house.’