We are pleased to say that the majority of our students continue their education at St George’s College Sixth Form, in addition to which we have a growing number who join us from other schools. The reason for our popularity is that we encourage all students to fulfil their aspirations and potential within a friendly, family-like environment: our focus is on personal achievement, not just academic success.
n order to support the students to achieve their personal aspirations and potential, we offer a structured programme: from September 2016, Sixth Form students study three or four subjects at A Level and there is an eclectic lecture programme to enhance their general knowledge.
In addition, sport, drama, music, public speaking and a plethora of clubs and activities extend the curriculum. Our Oxbridge Co-ordinator, Medics Co-ordinator and Head of Careers augment the support given by the academic and pastoral staff. We believe that a Sixth Form student’s education is a three way partnership and communication is key: grade cards and reports are sent half termly and contact, through Parents’ Evenings and specific events, is essential to ensure that you have a happy and productive two years with us.
Sixth Form students have the exclusive use of the Sixth Form Centre, with refreshments in the Meeting Room, a Study and Quiet Room. They wear formal suits which help to differentiate them from the rest of the College. They continue to play a fully integrated part in College life and this provides opportunities for greater responsibilities: the Prefect and Mentor system; the Recruitment Team and Charity Committee as well as the College Council.
The process of applying to Institutions for Higher Education is handled carefully in the Sixth Form. Those wishing to apply for university through the UCAS system are guided by their Tutors, who are supported by a Co-ordinator (either the Head of Sixth Form, or one of the two Heads of Year). The process commences as early as the beginning of the Lower Sixth when we offer students the opportunity to attend specific sessions related to Oxbridge and Medic applications. In addition, the Extended Project allows students to develop skills essential to university study.
The natural step for the majority of St George’s Sixth Form students when they finish their A-levels is to take up a place at university the following October. Every year there are Oxbridge and Medic successes and the vast majority of students attend a Russell Group or elite university.
Sixth Form Life
Sixth Form life: How is Sixth Form different?
It is a very important time in a student’s life and we are here to help ensure that your A-level study is a happy, productive and successful two years. There are a plethora of opportunities from positions of responsibility to activities that are positively life changing. We provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which we hope you will thrive.
Your tutor stays with you for the two years providing a guiding hand, and the small group sizes of 14 are ideal to ensure your needs are met. Your tutor is assisted by the Head of Year and the Head of Sixth Form, who will supervise your time in the College.
The Sixth Form Centre
The Sixth Form Centre is a pleasant place to work and socialise for both year groups. The Meeting Room is a relaxation area, whereas the Quiet Room provides an area for independent study. The Study Room has a bank of computers for Sixth Form use.
Sixth Form learning
From September 2016, St George's will offer a linear A Level structure. This means that a student will choose 3 (sometimes 4) A Levels and follow the course for two years. Each subject has 7 lessons allocated to it. Lesson times are 45–50 minutes although some A Level subjects are double lessons. There are regular assessments throughout the two year course to support the student in building knowledge for the final end of two year A Level examinations. We recommend that a Student achieve a minimum of a D grade at the end of Lower Sixth examinations, in order to continue the course.
In addition, a student will follow a Religious Studies programme, attend a weekly diverse lecture and participate in an Extended Project in order to broaden their education.
Games afternoons are on a Wednesday and the Personal and Social Education (PSE) period with tutors takes place every two weeks, rotating with Year Assemblies. Chapel is attended weekly.
A Typical Week:
3 A Level Subjects x 7
= 21 periods
Religious Studies x 1 = 22 periods
Extended Project x 2 = 24 periods
Lecture Programme x 2 = 26 periods
Games x 2 = 28 periods
Chapel/PSHE/Assembly x 1 = 29 periods
Study Periods x 6 = 35 periods
During study periods, students are offered the opportunity to attend Oxbridge or Medic sessions in order to prepare them for the vigorous application process or Subject Support Sessions at which you may gain additional help with a particular subject. We also offer a Peer Support System that enables students to help others with minor issues.
Sixth Form privileges
From the second half of the Summer Term, Lower Sixth students may drive into College as long as you have permission to do so. In the Upper Sixth, you may sign out of school at lunchtimes and in the Easter Term you may go home in the afternoons if you have no timetabled lessons and are managing your work load.
Sixth Form opportunities
There are many other opportunities for you to become involved in College life. You may be elected as a Captain of School, a Senior Prefect or a Prefect, helping the Deputy Head with specific duties and acting as role models to the College. If you become a Mentor to First or Third Year students, you will organise social events once a term and meet with your mentorees regularly. As part of the Recruitment Team, you will help to organise Sixth Sense, a social event for new students to the Sixth Form and conduct tours of the College. The Charity Committee is extremely active in organising fundraising events for our College led charities such as the Josephite schools in the Congo, In the Pink for Breast Cancer Care or Purple Day for ‘CRY’.
The Kennedy Club at St George’s College, Weybridge is quite unique. A student led activity, it cares for those in the local community with severe learning difficulties. Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award or World Challenge are excellent opportunities on offer and in addition, Music, Art and Public Speaking are available to you if you have time – not forgetting the many sports teams! You may like to volunteer to attend the Lourdes trip. The Sixth Form also has its own Arts and Science Society which provides students with the opportunity to attend theatre productions, visit museums or other places of great interest.
Sporting, musical and drama opportunities abound for those who run the four different houses, Kilmorey, Petre, Stirling and Southcote. Your enthusiasm and teamwork skills will certainly come to the fore.
AS examination results and the regular grade cards will help you to see where your strengths lie and the Head of Sixth Form and the two Heads of Year will support you with your university applications, career interviews or gap year plans. Should you aspire to the dreaming spires of Oxford or Cambridge or the bustling atmosphere of a hospital, our Oxbridge Co-ordinator and Medic Co-ordinator will extend your ideas with challenging discussions and presentations to the group. In order to help you make the right decisions, we organise career lunches and evening events to enlighten you regarding the various paths you may wish to follow.
St George’s College Sixth Form cares about you as an individual and we aim to support you to fulfil your aspirations and potential. We hope you choose to join us.
Sixth Form/A-level: (16-18) from September 2016
Students enter the Sixth Form for Advanced Level studies. The aim is to prepare students for entrance to university education for which A Level is the most widely accepted qualification.
The Sixth Form curriculum comprises three or four A Levels from Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, Further Mathematics, German, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Physics, Spanish, Philosophy, Physical Education, Theatre Studies, Computing.
Each A Level subject is allocated seven periods a week. There is a broad and varied lecture programme once a week and allocated study periods to complete an Extended Project of their choice. Support lessons, Oxbridge and Medics lessons are also timetabled each week. In addition, you have two periods of Games per week and one period of Religious Studies.
All students throughout the school follow a non-examined course in Personal and Social Education (PSE) with their Form Tutor. Games and PE are a compulsory part of the curriculum and all students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. These are on offer both at lunch times and after school. Religious Studies (RS) is taught throughout the school and subsequent to their GCSE in RS, the students follow a general RS course throughout the Sixth Form. They may also opt for Religious Studies AS and A2.
The school day begins with registration at 8.40am and lessons end at 4pm. After school, there are team practices and meetings of clubs, societies, etc. There are games fixtures (and some practices) on Saturdays.