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Sixth Form Life at Princess Helena College

Year 12 student Jorja shares her experience of being a Sixth Former at PHC...

 

I take Chemistry, Biology and Physical Education: these have always been the subjects that I’ve enjoyed the most and my teachers are all very supportive and encourage me to achieve my best.

 

The mentor system is very well planned out. I talk with my mentor every Wednesday and we discuss school life and my future plans, it really helps to talk through things with a member of staff.

 

Prefects are given the opportunity to speak about causes that they support in a whole School assembly: recently the Pastoral Prefect spoke about Anti-Bullying Week. The assemblies that the teachers give are fun and encourage student participation so that everyone gets involved and is engaged.

 

House activities reflect the school spirit. There are many different House activities, throughout the year that everyone gets involved in. I would have to say my favourite House activities are Sports Day and House Music.

 

My favourite thing about being a Sixth Former is that we get more independence which helps to prepare us for University and life beyond school.

 

PHC offers support through the whole process of looking and applying to University, they give us lots of information about A Levels and our EPQ, to really help guide us.

I take Chemistry, Biology and Physical Education: these have always been the subjects that I’ve enjoyed the most and my teachers are all very supportive and encourage me to achieve my best.

 

The mentor system is very well planned out. I talk with my mentor every Wednesday and we discuss school life and my future plans, it really helps to talk through things with a member of staff.

 

Prefects are given the opportunity to speak about causes that they support in a whole School assembly: recently the Pastoral Prefect spoke about Anti-Bullying Week. The assemblies that the teachers give are fun and encourage student participation so that everyone gets involved and is engaged.

 

House activities reflect the school spirit. There are many different House activities, throughout the year that everyone gets involved in. I would have to say my favourite House activities are Sports Day and House Music.

 

My favourite thing about being a Sixth Former is that we get more independence which helps to prepare us for University and life beyond school.

 

PHC offers support through the whole process of looking and applying to University, they give us lots of information about A Levels and our EPQ, to really help guide us.

 

Year 12 student Megan shares her experience of being a Sixth Former at PHC...

 

I’m studying 3 A levels – Drama, Dance and Religious Studies – and have six lessons for each subject every week. Some of the lessons are practical, the others are theory, which makes each day quite varied. 

 

Having small class sizes means that I get plenty of time to ask questions or go over things I don’t understand, but it also means that everyone has to contribute to discussions, which helps you in your learning.

 

In the Sixth Form, you get to know your teachers really well and they know you and in Dance or Drama this really helps as practical pieces can be tailored to your own style.

 

I am Head of Gloucester House, so am often involved in the organisation of House events and have to lead rehearsals. House events give us the opportunity to work and bond with students in other year groups. Not surprisingly, House Dance is my favourite House event and although it is a huge amount of work, the camaraderie and friendship we get when everyone works together is fantastic.

 

In Year 12, we are encouraged to start thinking about what we want to do after we finish our A Levels – whether that be University, a gap year or something else. The Head of Sixth Form and our Mentors help us consider all our options and decide what we really want to do.

 

In Year 13, there is a lot of support available with writing personal statements and UCAS applications.

 

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