Welcome to our Sixth Form
Many would consider the Sixth Form to be the “Jewel in the Crown” of Bournemouth School. The vast majority of our Year 11 students continue with us to study A levels. They are joined by students (both male and female) from a range of other schools. Students who join us in Year 12 are quickly integrated into the year group and often make a significant contribution to the Sixth Form and School.
In our Sixth Form we hope that every student will have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents to their fullest potential. As they move through our Sixth Form, sixth form students will be seen and treated as the leaders of the school community; they will enjoy additional privileges and freedoms, and take on greater responsibilities.
At the beginning of this journey students will find both tangible and more subtle differences to their school experience to date: studying fewer subjects to a much greater depth, having – for the first time – study periods, and being able to wear smart business dress as opposed to school uniform.
Academically, the Sixth Form offers students the opportunity to really stretch and challenge themselves: A-Levels offer a very different challenge to those posed by GCSEs. Students will move from a broad programme of study in Year 11 to a narrow and specialised one, allowing them to study in greater detail and with greater rewards. All students at Bournemouth School are expected to study at least 4 A levels (we only offer 2-year A level courses; we do not offer any AS courses).
In addition to your studies students may have involvement in community initiatives, or have a leadership role in school as a House, School or Senior Prefect. Those who throw themselves into these aspects of school life are usually those who also find themselves towards the top end of the academic scale – the busiest people are indeed very often the most successful! Sixth Form students play an important part in assisting with the smooth running of the school: sixth form students have a responsibility to set a good example to younger students, even if they do not take advantage of the more formal opportunities for leadership in the school community.
The two years of the Sixth Form affects the pathways students decide to follow whether it is university, employment or a gap year. Access to these pathways is becoming increasingly more competitive. We aim to give students the edge by offering a range of opportunities and experiences to ultimately create well-rounded individuals. We have a proven track record of supporting students to access a wide range of courses at the very best universities, both at home and abroad.
Bournemouth School offers a huge amount both within and beyond the classroom to those in the Sixth Form. The more they are involved in the life of the school, the more satisfaction they will get from being part of this vibrant learning community.