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.
The final week of term will be a celebration of well-being through a host of character development activities. The week begins with the senior school sports day on Tuesday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 July, students will take part in a variety of house competitions and activities that will give them an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativeness and resilience through enterprise, drama and STEM activities to name but a few. During these days, students will also be off site taking part in a number of different activities that encompass our school values such as supporting community projects in the surrounding area and taking to the outdoors for some outdoor and adventurous activities. The school year is brought to a close on Friday, 12 July, with our final house competition. Students will need to use all their skills they have been developing throughout the year and during the week for this end of year extravaganza. We can’t tell you too much about the day as it will spoil the surprise!