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Introduction to the Sixth Form

The Royal School offers a diverse and vibrant Sixth Form experience. Not only do our students achieve excellent A Level results in the most rigorous, facilitating academic subjects, but the requirement for them to take on roles of responsibility alongside the arrival of new faces in Year 12 bring an added dimension to Sixth Form life.

Most of our existing GCSE students stay with us to study A Levels, but we are also delighted to welcome students joining us from other schools in the region as well as Sixth Form boarders from overseas in the European Union.

A Level students are attracted to the Royal for several reasons. We combine a specialism in the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with a broad range of A-Level subjects and students do particularly well in the traditional facilitating subjects required by Russell Group universities. The average class size is just 15, allowing everyone to receive the individual attention they deserve, and resulting in strong, positive relationships forming among peers and between students and teaching staff.

High academic achievement is only part of the story. Universities and employers are increasingly drawn to applicants who can demonstrate leadership, determination, resilience and flair. The Royal School excels in this style of ‘leadership education’ providing students with ample scope to thrive in cultural activities, competitive sports, and entrepreneurial endeavours, as well opportunities to travel and make a valid contribution to the wider community.

Every Sixth Former is expected to play an integral part in school life – be it through our house system, by mentoring younger pupils, or by getting involved in charitable and community-minded activities. It’s a big ask for any teenager, especially when they are required to study hard in all subjects, but it is these high expectations that set us apart from other Sixth Form providers in preparing students for a bright and prosperous future and it has been evidenced that universities and employers are looking for rather more than GCSE and A level grades.

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