Welcome to King's Sixth Form where we seek to continue the pattern of academic excellence found throughout the school. In the Sixth Form we reach the top of our 'diamond structure' with boys and girls coming back into a co-educational setting to study together in the important final two years at school.
In addition to our many students who have studied at King's for GCSEs, we also welcome around 10% of our students from other schools and they very quickly find themselves at home in our friendly and vibrant Sixth Form.
Please do come and visit us: we would be delighted to welcome you at our Open Evening in the Autumn term and share what King's Sixth Form has to offer.
Dr Julie Cocker
Greater autonomy and responsibility are the keynotes of education in the Sixth Form. Our aim is to bridge the gulf between the tightly structured pattern of work at GCSE and the freedoms of university life.
We believe in a disciplined environment - after all the sixth form years are vital stepping stones to higher education - but we also appreciate the importance of fostering independent learning, personal organisation and a balance between work and play if students are to achieve success at this level and beyond.
The majority of our students study three A Levels, thus maximising
contact time in their subjects. In some cases (often where Further
Mathematics is studied) four subjects are chosen. Time is also
scheduled for private study, recreational activities and tutorials.
In Year 12, students taking three A Levels take an iGCSE in Global
Perspectives. In Year 13, the Extended Studies programme continues
with around half the students taking the prestigious Extended Project
Qualification, with other students choosing an additional AS subject,
such as General Studies or Theatre Studies, or an alternative qualification such as Sports Leadership, the Arts Award or Japanese.
Homework is set in all subjects but students have greater autonomy in organising their work and meeting deadlines. Significant independent study is expected at A Level and facilities are provided for timetabled private study periods. It is expected that each subject will require at least 4 hours per week outside lessons to consolidate knowledge and read around the subject. All students are encouraged to take independent online courses (MOOCs) as a way of extending their knowledge.
All of our students enjoy an unrivalled range of extracurricular
opportunities, which complement and enrich student life. The ability to balance study and other interests is an invaluable life skill and we believe that a variety of experiences is an essential ingredient for our students’
Every Wednesday afternoon is devoted to recreational activities.
Students choose from a range of activities including art, drama, team sports, volunteering, swimming, AS Level Sound Technology, indoor games or outdoor activities including rock-climbing, caving, abseiling and sailing.