Sixth form should be a time in life when you enjoy and experience as much as possible. Getting involved in activities beyond the classroom is also extremely beneficial when making an application to university. Admissions staff do not only look at a pupil’s academic record, but also take into account what a student does with their time outside the classroom.
The Enrichment Project
This is one of the reasons why we run our Enrichment Project in the sixth form which is designed to enhance the sixth form experience.
All sixth form students take part in the programme which promotes study skills alongside the essential life skills needed for independent living. The project offers opportunities for organising events, raising money for charity and introduces students to a variety of practical skills such as cooking, car maintenance, road safety, First Aid and basic DIY, to name just a few. This preparation can help relieve some of the natural anxiety caused by leaving home and allows pupils to focus on their studies right from the start of their first term as a university
Sporting and Cultural Interests
Girls are also encouraged to keep up their sporting and cultural interests throughout the two years of sixth form study – current and former students have, for example, played sport at county level, and developed skills in dance, instrumental music and choral singing.
Hethersett has a traditional Head Girl and a deputy or deputies. These girls are chosen by staff and are expected to lead by example and take on additional roles within the school such as mentoring pupils and speaking at events. Sixth formers also take on the roles of House Officers and Vice Captains. These officers help organise events such as the House Music Festival, Sports Day, the Christmas Quiz and the House Shout.
Residential Trips and Activities
Our sixth formers also have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of residential trips and activities. Recent trips have included the annual school ski trip to Switzerland, a cultural excursion to Paris, a tour of the battlefields of France and a visit to the geysers and glaciers in Iceland. Girls has also organised visits to a Winter Wonderland in London.
There are also activities much closer to home; pupils can help our younger pupils in the Preparatory School by listening to them read, running games in our after school club or acting as a sports leader. This helps develop their CV as well as giving them valuable experience. Our sixth form girls also organise our annual Summer Ball which takes place in a sumptuous marquee in our gardens, perform a sixth form panto for younger pupils at Christmas and girls also conduct tours on Open Days.
We encourage our girls to get fully involved in all aspects of school life and firmly believe in the maxim; the more you put into life the more you get out of it. We hope that every girl will find something to enjoy and be part of in the sixth form.