Our record is exemplary in helping students gain a place at their first choice University, many of which are in the Russell group, through excellent A level results, pastoral care and mentoring schemes, our many opportunities for development, CSLA, Arts Awards, EPQ, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and appropriate careers and university guidance, and assistance with UCAS applications. At Greenacre all of our students hold positions of responsibility within the school and a well-established tutorial system supports and encourages the girls to achieve beyond their expectations.
Sixth Form Life
Sixth Form life is structured to develop increasing independence of thought and action in preparation for the ‘next step’ whether this be university, apprenticeship, gap year or employment. In addition to tutorial style lessons, students participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities, peer mentor training, PE, careers and UCAS advice, and all undertake a Prefect role. Students take increasing responsibility for their own time and workload management whilst still receiving support and guidance from personal tutors.
"We look holistically at our students to recommend A Level courses that are tailored to individual future plans"Mrs Yolanda EmeryHead of Sixth Form
An Introduction to the Curriculum
Sixth Form students choose to study three or four A levels from a broad range of subjects, with the timetable structured to accommodate individual programmes. Teaching follows a tutorial style to stretch and challenge students, whilst also providing support as needed. All students also meet regularly with an academic Tutor to discuss their progress.
Sixth Form students are very important to the life of the school, and they are expected to be an active part of the organisation. Each student has their own contribution to make, and a number of students will be selected to be Senior Prefects. The prefect system is operated through the Head Girl and Deputies, and everyone has the opportunity to learn leadership skills in a friendly environment. These skills prove invaluable in later life, and can be very important in enhancing the quality of UCAS (university entrance) applications. Prefect roles are clearly defined and a ‘job description’ is provided for guidance in the students’ areas on the school’s intranet. Sixth Form students take assembly fortnightly, run House activities and take meetings attended by all Senior School students.
All Sixth Form students attend one lesson a week on the Development of Independent Learning. This course teaches the skills required to adjust quickly and easily to university education, and also teaches skills such as project management and organisational techniques that can be applied in non-academic scenarios. These skills also allow students to go on to study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a UCAS-accredited course that many universities view as a particularly desirable qualification.
The Creative and Performing Arts departments offers the Silver Level Arts Award, a scheme supported by the Arts Council and accredited by Trinity College. It aims to inspire young people to develop their art and leadership talents and covers a wide range of activities, from painting, fashion design, dance, music, acting and film making. The Arts Award also initiates links between year groups through sixth form led clubs and activities.
We also offer Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership, a nationally recognised qualification that teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork, delivered using a fun and practical approach.
Lantern House Sixth Form Centre
Lantern House provides exclusive facilities for Sixth Form students and the ideal environment in which to prepare for the transition from school to university.
The ground floor has a spacious, well furnished, open plan Common Room leading to a small private garden. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, fridge and kettles where students may prepare hot drinks and their own lunches if desired. This floor is designed for relaxation during break and lunchtime and music can be played during these times. The first floor has a large Study Room fully equipped with computers,work areas and our careers library. This is a quiet room for individual study, reading and research. The Head of Sixth Form has an office on this floor and is readily available for consultation and assistance. There is also a further study room on the ground floor where the Careers Advisor is based.