Most pupils at Queen's College stay on into the Sixth Form. The first term of A Levels is possibly the most challenging term in a pupil's school career as for many the jump between GCSEs and A Levels is significant. Now, more than ever, having consistency in terms of the staff, friendship groups and environment makes a significant difference and allows young people to settle into a different pace of work, a more in-depth approach and analysis of the subjects they have chosen. All scholars are expected to stay into Queen's College Sixth Form as a term of their scholarship agreement.
A Level subjects are chosen provisionally, in order of preference, at the beginning of the Spring Term. To ensure that the majority of students are able to study their first choice subjects, option blocks are changed year on year to suit the choices and strengths of the year group. Critical Thinking and Top University Group (TUG) are additional study programmes on offer and further potential areas of study such as Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) are explored. In addition, every pupil is interviewed by an outside consultant to help them clarify their ideas about Higher Education and future careers, which is compiled into individual pupils' careers guidance packs for discussion with parents.
The outstanding pastoral care at Queen's and the additional support given to pupils in small groups or one-to-one sessions is extremely valuable. Members of staff are happy to explain problems, to give advice or help with extra reading and pupils speak warmly of the support they have received.
Having a broad spectrum of curricular activities is a vital part of a pupil's academic attainment and personal development and forms a valuable facet of personal statements and school references. Queen's offers an extensive variety of activities; all provided under one roof, with transport, supervision and staff support. This enables Queen's pupils to have the opportunity to experience as much as possible in their day.
Year 11 careers advice programmes continue and develop through the Sixth Form. Work experience, mentoring and placements take place throughout Years 12 and13 and pupils have the chance to be paired up with professional mentors.
Representing the school in sport or debating, taking the lead part in the play, playing the solo in the music concert or achieving gold in the mathematical Olympiad are all personal achievements that will last forever. When you look back at your school days, there is no doubt that the Sixth Form ones may well be the happiest days of your life.