Sixth Form Information Booklet

Sixth Form Academic Life

During their time in the Sixth Form every student is encouraged to develop as a leader, role model and independent young adult, ready for the next stage of life's journey in this global, competitive and fast-paced world.

Academic life

The impressive results our students achieve in public examinations demonstrates how an education at Princess Helena College adds value. Our students go on to study at leading universities and colleges of music and art.

Our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme supports students to choose their best path after A Levels. The programme includes:

  • Careers
  • University and gap year lectures and visits
  • Mock interviews with expert one-to-one guidance
  • Support in creating stand-out applications for UCAS and other higher education establishments

Life skills, lectures and workshops are included at appropriate points in students' academic and personal development.

Being a day student I arrive at school on one of the PHC School buses.

My day is usually a mixture of studies and lessons. I currently study three 
A-levels; English Literature, History and French.

My classes are generally very small and this is incredibly useful as it allows my teachers and I to work together and tailor lessons to ensure I am getting the most from my lessons.

For instance, in History we have spent a lot of time discussing essay structures because this is something my teacher thinks can benefit me specifically.

My teachers are always easy to approach and often spend time outside of lessons to improve my essay writing skills.

During lunch I might be involved in our extra-curricular programme, SCITLLE (Serve, Create, Inspire, Thrive, Lead, Learn and Explore). For me, this includes activities such as debating or Model United Nations. On other days, I have the opportunity to go into Hitchin, our local town.

We have three Houses at PHC, Gloucester, Windsor and York. Each term we have House events during which pupils across all year groups work together as a House.  This gives us a chance to bond with other year groups. 

Following my lessons, I have time after school to take part in more SCITLLE activities or to do my prep. As Sixth Formers we have a dedicated study area,  and we can also use the Libraries. We have access to a spacious and well-equiped kitchen area, and where we can cook, work or catch up with friends, which we all enjoy.

I find the time after school especially useful for studying or taking part in activities generally as I think it is a good way to really get involved in the whole School community.

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