The Transition To Sixth Form at King Edward’s

‘The Sixth Form years are such an exciting and formative time, and it is a real pleasure to lead students through these years and see them develop into confident, well-informed and well-rounded young adults, ready to move on to the next stage of their lives’ — Nick Culver, Director of Sixth Form

The Sixth Form is a time for growth and development both in and out of the classroom. Here at King Edward’s we aim to provide a rich diet that allows you to reach your academic potential, but also to learn to win with grace and lose with dignity, to establish the characteristics of confidence with humility, and the desire to contribute to the wider communities in which we live. We offer a range of twenty-six subjects in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s, all academically rigorous, and all taught in small groups of around ten students by specialist teaching staff.

But what’s different in Sixth Form?

You’ll have more independence. You will have periods set aside for independent study, where you can focus on the areas you need extra help with and to do coursework. You’ll also get allocated supervised study periods. Teachers are always just an email away should you need extra help/ guidance.

You get your own space. In Sixth Form, you’ll get your own dedicated social space (our Sixth Form Centre), research centre and private office space. So you can always make yourself a hot drink, relax with the papers, or get your head down to catch up on some work or undertake some wider reading or research.

You’ll take part in our Foundation Studies Programme. The programme combines a core set of life skills in areas such as politics, personal finance, presenting and public speaking, road-readiness for young drivers, and University and career planning, with optional courses in areas such as cookery, travel safety, art appreciation and even power-boating and drone building!

You’ll get to see the world through the eyes of some extraordinary individuals. At Sixth Form, we run the ‘Open Forum’ series. Open Forum is a programme of presentations, usually by guest speakers to Lower or Upper Sixth. The guest list is updated every year to provide a mixture of reliable favourites and exciting new speakers – but are always informative, entertaining and inspiring. Some recent speakers include: Felicity Aston, leader of the largest all female group to ski to the South Pole, Rick Findler, photo-journalist and conflict photographer and Chris Lubbe, Nelson Mandela’s personal bodyguard.

You will be doing fewer subjects. While you will be covering content at a quicker pace than you were with GCSE, you’ll only be doing a select number of subjects (three or four) that really light your fire and you are passionate about.

You’ll get expert careers and Higher Education advice. At King Edward’s, we have a dedicated careers team available to our Sixth Formers throughout their time with us (and beyond!). Sixth Form Careers’ lunches provides our students with the opportunity to meet people in different occupations (medicine, law, IT, engineering etc) and begin networking. There are annual HE and Careers fairs hosted by the school to meet potential universities and employers and the careers office doors are always open for a chat and advise.

You can become a leader. Nearly all subjects offered at school (and additional ones) have an academic society that is run by Sixth Formers. You choose the topics, the speakers and even the biscuits – making it a great way to practise organisation and leadership skills, ready for your next step. You have the chance to mentor younger students, in school or from outside, plus opportunities to lead your house, become a prefect, or a senior school leader.

No more uniform! You can ditch the uniform at Sixth Form, we just ask that you wear business dress to prepare you for your next step, whether that’s University or the world of work.

And what will remain the same?

We keep the class sizes small. We retain small class sizes in Sixth Form, average of around ten students per class, giving our students as much teacher time as possible.

You’ll still benefit from our excellent facilities and academic excellence. King Edward’s is the leading private school in Southampton with extensive facilities.  It has been part of the educational fabric of Hampshire for over 460 years. It is renowned for academic excellence, breadth of co-curricular opportunities, and a passion for sport and artistic endeavour. The School has excellent facilities with over £10 million invested in these over the past ten years. These give our students extensive opportunities to develop their interests in many areas of the curriculum including a wide range of clubs, societies, sports and cultural opportunities.

The School has been based on Hill Lane since 1938. With over 13 acres it contains an extensive range of facilities including a number of new additions and major refurbishments completed over the last few years. These include a professional-standard theatre, art studios, large, fully equipped gym available for use in your free time, newly extended and refurbished library, modern design technology block, a refurbished dining hall, dedicated Sixth Form centre, a security and access control system, and 17 science laboratories. We are also planning on modernising and updating the sixth form study centre this academic year to make it the same standard as the library as a place to study.

We also have games fields, a sports hall, netball courts and a full astro pitch on site.  The school also benefits from fantastic facilities off-site, with Wellington Sports Ground, Southampton Water Activity Centre (SWAC) and Lovaton, our rural study centre in Dartmoor.

You’ll stay active. We believe that getting involved in sport is a great way to break up the hard work and inevitable pressures that Sixth Form sometimes brings. It’s important to get some fresh air once in a while and get involved in some healthy competitive sports, so we include 4 periods of games within your timetable. You can also represent the school in sport. Rugby, Netball, girls’ and boys’ hockey, cricket, rounders, football, tennis and basketball all have competitive fixtures against other schools.

Sixth Form Virtual Information Evening

Our Heads of Departments provided subject talks via Zoom on the 22nd October for our Sixth Form Virtual Information Evening. The talks were repeated throughout the evening, so we hope you were able to attend a number of talks depending on your interests.

During the evening we also released a series of information videos available to view at any time. These were delivered by Mr Parker, Head, and Mr Culver, Director of Sixth Form, plus many more. They are still available to view here.

Unfortunately, due to the current lockdown, we are unable to offer tours or visits during November. However, you can still explore King Edward’s Sixth Form virtually, with our 3D Tour.

For those currently at King Edward’s, Studentships are available. For more information and to learn more about the procedure to apply for financial support for pupils entering the Sixth Form in September 2021 please contact Mrs Sheppard at registrar@kes.hants.sch.uk  

For those currently not at King Edward’s, bursaries of up to 100% of the school fee are available. Information and procedure to apply for financial support for pupils entering the Sixth Form in September 2021 can be found here: https://www.kes.hants.sch.uk/bursaries-awards-and-scholarships/