Sixth Form

At the end of Year 13 Forest Sixth Formers leave us very well qualified, having accumulated a vast range of skills

They have a strong sense of who they are, knowing where their strengths and interests lie. Forest Sixth Formers are resilient, thoughtful, creative and full of energy. We believe that the final two years at school are distinctive and mark a transition from school to the wider world of university or employment.

Sixth Formers have exclusive use of the Sixth Form Centre with its dedicated study areas, as well as enjoying other privileges that set them apart from younger pupils. With many opportunities to lead the School and their Houses, Sixth Formers play a central role in the life of the whole school.

Learning through The Forest Diploma

As part of The Forest Diploma, Sixth Formers do three A-level examinations and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). A-level examinations are taken at the end of Year 13 and the EPQ is completed in Year 12. Universities particularly value the EPQ because it replicates undergraduate study and linear A-levels allow for greater depth in teaching and learning.

Year 12 and 13 students can expect to be in small classes taught by enthusiastic subject specialists. Excelling at A-level is about learning how to think and not just what to think. Sixth Formers can expect to be more independent in their learning and are always encouraged to go beyond the boundaries of the specifications. The EPQ allows each student to set the agenda and pursue a rigorous project that relates to their personal interests.

'Never be bored'

The Sixth Form is a community where, whatever your talent, you will find an outlet for it. Through The Forest Diploma, Sixth Formers engage fully in co-curricular opportunities whether it’s art, music, sport or drama. There are opportunities for the elite to perform, the adventurous to ‘have a go’ and for all to participate. Many Sixth Formers try things in their final two years at school that they wouldn’t have thought possible at the end of Year 11. There is also a healthy culture of Sixth Formers leading their own societies to pursue their interests with like-minded people.

Pastoral and Careers Support

We know that life in the Sixth Form presents its challenges. Year 12 and 13 students receive gold-standard pastoral care from their tutor, Housemaster or Housemistress. Tutor groups are single-sex and meet their tutor every day. There is always support available to deal with anything that is troubling a student. All Year 12 students do a course in mindfulness to give them a tool-kit to manage the demands of life.

We want Sixth Formers to be aware of life outside Forest. We believe that Sixth Formers should undertake community service, volunteering and work experience and so these are a key part of The Forest Diploma. In the classroom, they also take courses in life, professional and essential skills. These experiences, alongside our ‘Next Steps’ programme, help them make informed decisions about their future.

The specialist Sixth Form team help Sixth Formers take on life beyond the white gates with confidence – whether that’s an exciting gap year, a place at medical school, an apprenticeship with a City accountancy firm, or a place at the university of their dreams.

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