We are very proud of our Sixth Form and hope that you will find the information you need on these pages.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider Walden School Sixth Form:
Our Sixth Form is small by design
This means that we can be responsive in meeting students’ individual needs. Each student is mentored and their progress and wellbeing is carefully monitored with parents informed throughout the process. Our range of A Level subjects means that all university degree courses are open to our Sixth Formers and most of our leavers achieve places at their first choice university.
A Sixth Form in a school
Independence and freedom are something our Sixth Formers enjoy, however, they can still benefit from being part of a whole school. Musical performances and productions, drama and dance shows, art exhibitions and representative sports all form part of Sixth Form life at Friends’.
We also offer considerable leadership and development opportunities such as being a part of the Quartet (our version of Head Boy and Girl), House Captain, Boarding Rep, running a club or activity, coaching or assisting with sports teams, serving on the School Council, or one of our many student-led committees. We also expect our Sixth Formers to serve as role models to younger students in terms of their learning, values and attitudes.
A dedicated Sixth Form area
We have a dedicated Sixth Form area incorporating ‘The Barn’ which has study and social facilities, a kitchen area, Sixth Form teaching rooms, access to desktop facilities in the library and computer rooms, and a whole-site WiFi network for the use of electronic learning devices. Our VLE makes all teaching, homework and research resources interactively available to students from home or school.
We emphasise inclusion, support and challenge in equal measure. We only admit students who are capable of A Level study but from experience we know that learners have a variety of needs and we acknowledge these differences. We support, extend and challenge our high-fliers and our skilled Study Centre staff ensure that students with additional learning needs are supported. Our students consistently achieve higher grades than their standardised-test predictions; in short, our approach adds significant value.
The Whole Person
While we take academic achievement seriously we also consider educating the whole person to be vitally important. We aim to equip our students with the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge that bring success in future employment, study and in leading responsible and happy lives. We do this in the Sixth Form by teaching study skills, emphasising self-discipline and by building team and co-operative skills. We promote independence, responsibility, initiative, awareness of self and concern for others. We encourage healthy lifestyles and insist, as a minimum, that all students take part in games and some form of sporting activity.
Extension and Enrichment
We offer a broad extension and enrichment programme to our students in the Sixth Form. Individual careers advice and a selection of talks and visits support the process of application to higher education and/or employment. Our current Sixth Formers have also benefited from educational visits to Rome, Venice, Paris, Iceland, Polish and German Holocaust camps and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland – as well as a wide range of more local visits and experiences.
Our students feel at home, comfortable and free to express themselves within safe limits. Lasting friendships are often formed in a smaller Sixth Form and there is a strong cohesion within the group which makes our students feel part of something very special.
We encourage initiative and provide an environment in which creativity can flourish and individual talent is recognised and nurtured. All this creates a fine foundation for our students to move out with confidence into the world beyond school.
For further information please contact Alison Stanbury, our Admissions Secretary – email@example.com or 01799 525 351