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 they have done 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 and raising money for charity as well as introducing 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
Pupils 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 had a traditional Head Girl (or Boy from 2019) and a deputy or deputies. These pupils 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 Captains 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 a tour of the battlefields of France, a visit to the geysers and glaciers in Iceland and a cultural trip to Italy.
There are also activities much closer to home; pupils can help our younger pupils in the Prep School by listening to them read, assisting in swimming sessions, 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 formers also traditionally perform a sixth form panto for younger pupils at Christmas and conduct visitor tours on Open Days.
We encourage our pupils to get fully involved in all aspects of school life and firmly believe the old saying that the more you put into life the more you get out of it. We hope that every pupil will find something to enjoy and be part of in the sixth form.