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Welcome to the Sixth Form

The Habs Sixth Form is fast-paced, hard-working and fun, and there is a huge amount on offer.

The two years here are demanding and challenging, but also stimulating and rewarding. We are extremely proud of our Sixth Form girls, both those who continue with us from Year 11 at Habs and those who join us in Year 12; they are responsible, innovative and want to make a difference. Their energy, imagination and determination always impress and delight us.

Choosing the subjects that excite girls most and learning in smaller classes, means they can really immerse themselves in academic study for its own sake. Girls are more in charge of their own learning too, and there is scope to follow their own lines of special interest. As well as the A Level curriculum, all girls in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) have two lessons of General Studies jointly with our neighbours, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, a further General Studies lesson in the Girls’ School focussing on Debating, Critical Thinking and PSHCE and two lessons of Physical Education. These lessons ensure a balance, a change of pace and healthy exercise for both mind and body.

We offer a wide choice of A Level subjects and we aim to accommodate a broad combination, constructing the timetable around students’ choices to allow for maximum flexibility. For A Level, girls study subjects in much greater depth, so it is important that they choose subjects they really enjoy, as well as thinking about options for further study and a career beyond. For the academically able girls that we have in our Sixth Form, A Levels offer a real depth of study that is the best preparation for university. At A Level, the girls can immerse themselves in a subject or topic that they really like and want to explore. Our experience is that, especially at the top universities which our girls tend to choose, real engagement in a subject and the passion it can ignite is a winning factor in gaining a place. Stretch and independent learning are of course also important – we believe that we achieve this by the way we teach A Level, through the Extension Programme, which includes academic enrichment through success at subjects and skills developed for university and beyond; and by the extracurricular activities we offer. In the summer of the Lower Sixth, for example, girls will be encouraged to pursue an independent research project for our St Catherine’s Scholarship Prize.

We believe it is right to allow girls as much choice as possible over the subjects they study in the Sixth Form. If they have chosen their own subjects then they are likely to take more responsibility for and enjoyment in, learning, something we are very keen to promote in preparation for university study.

Pupils’ personal qualities and their relationships at all ages are an outstanding strength of the school. Inspection Report 2014

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