The outer core of our curriculum gives our students enjoyable and vital opportunities that ensure they leave as well-informed, well-rounded young adults with a high-quality university course, apprenticeship or career secured.
Personal, Social and Health Education takes on a new slant in the sixth form, focussing on the many issues which face young people of today. We regularly have outside speakers to address key and often complex matters. These speeches are delivered during assembly time and enrichment and in the past have featured BBC political presenters, local MPs, national charities and even survivors of the Holocaust.
UCAS, apprenticeship and career progression information and advice is central to our provision. It is crucial that our sixth formers leave us as confident young people with their next step secured. This guidance is provided through a series of fortnightly Progression Pathway lessons. In addition, every pupil is matched with a mentor to support them in preparing for their next step.
We encourage all the sixth form students to take on leadership roles. We have a vibrant Head Student and House Leadership programme. The Sixth Form Committee meets weekly to plan and implement many different aspects of life in school. The Head Students also have the unique and privileged opportunity to sit on our governing bodies in order to shape the policies of our school. We aim to provide as many different opportunities as possible for students to develop and hone their leadership and organisational skills.
We have a strong community spirit in the Sixth Form and promote fundraising and healthy competition between the four houses. Our enrichment programme and extracurricular opportunities foster this identity, and we have several charity fundraising events throughout the year, such as coffee mornings and inter-house social events.
We also organise our Christmas tea party, where we invite our local elderly residents to come and join us for some entertainment and a mince pie.
We aim to equip our Sixth Formers with the skills and opportunities needed for life beyond Glenthorne. For all Y12s we offer a range of enrichment activities once a fortnight on a Wednesday afternoon. The activities offered include Introductory Russian, Science Gold Crest Award, Debating, Yoga, Glenthorne Gazette and Book Club, Politics and Current Affairs, Performing Arts, Football and Basketball. These activities are designed to enhance students’ wider interests, and will aim support any future UCAS or apprenticeship applications.