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Broadening Horizons

Sixth Form at SGS provides the perfect opportunity to combine academic study or work with a breadth of interests, such as sport, music, drama and outdoor pursuits. The plethora of activities undertaken outside the classroom not only strengthen a CV or UCAS application, but more importantly shape how each student develops their character during their time in the Sixth Form.

There are many new extra and super curricular opportunities in which Sixth Formers can take part and often lead. These include creating and maintaining a viable business with Young Enterprise – our teams are regularly successful at regional level and, in 2017, our team were national finalists; debating world issues and proposing policy changes at the Model United Nations conferences and month long expeditions to locations such as Borneo, Vietnam, Madagascar, Honduras and Bolivia to assist local communities and experience all the country has to offer.

On Wednesday afternoons, our Sixth Formers take part in the Games programme or Voluntary Service. We believe it is important for all within the Sixth Form to continue to take part in these activities central to their personal development and well-being.

Our Games programme enables pupils to take part in team sports, either at a representative or recreational level. Rugby, Hockey, Football, Netball and Cricket teams compete locally, regionally and nationally in their respective sports. Of equal importance is the opportunity for our Sixth Formers to run, use the Gym, or play a game of Basketball with their friends.

Voluntary Service provides opportunities for our students to take on responsibilities in the community. Students visit local nurseries, primary schools, old people’s homes, hospitals and charity shops as well as working with children in special schools. This scheme provides a wealth of different experiences and the chance to help the local community.

The opportunity to participate in and complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at Gold level is a real strength of our Sixth Form. That so many of our Sixth Form pupils complete the sections of the Award alongside their studies is very much to their credit, richly deserving of their visit to London for the royal presentation of this prestigious accolade.

Annually, students can apply for the Albert Johnston Award, a school travel bursary, either as an individual or team. Our Sixth Formers are also encouraged to participate in the National Citizen Service (NCS). There is also the chance to get involved with planning for the Leavers’ Event as part of the Leavers’ Committee.

During the Lower Sixth year, students prepare and perform the Classics Play, which is selected, cast, rehearsed and staged by a team from the year group. Students with an interest in drama, music, lighting and art all contribute to the staging of our regular musical productions. Recent musicals include ‘Wind In The Willows’, ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’, ‘The Production That Doesn’t Quite Go As Well As Expected’, ‘Chicago’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Academic extension sees our students entering Olympiads, essay writing competitions, taking part in lecture days and educational visits both at home and overseas. The Business and Economics visit to China and the Geography visit to the Iceland are good recent examples of opportunities taken by our pupils to develop both academically and culturally.

Our Mathematicians have won the prestigious National Cipher Challenge and our Historians have won the Young Historian Project Award for the SGS Historian magazine in recent years. Many Sixth Formers use the ‘Spotlight On…’ talks to share their passion for and interest in a broad range of areas that can complement or contrast with their A-level studies.

In addition, we offer orchestras and choirs who have performed at locations such as St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice; Cologne Cathedral; the RNCM and the Bridgewater Hall alongside players from UK music conservatoires. Sporting opportunities are varied, from recreational activities to competitive tours. Recent school sports tours have included: Holland (hockey); United Arab Emirates (cricket); Portugal (rugby) and Italy (football).

For a full list of our extensive range of co-curricular activities please visit the Beyond The Classroom page.