Dedicated 6th Form

Our Sixth Form is a dedicated point of entry to Fernhill School for the individual attention, support and challenge required for the next step on the learning journey. 

Come and see us to find out more about how you can benefit from a bespoke Sixth Form experience at Fernhill School. 

This prospectus will give you and insight, but a visit will truly allow you to understand exactly what makes Fernhill School such a special place.  

An overview 

Looking back on their time at school, many of our former pupils say that the Sixth Form proved to be their most satisfying year. We are always seeking new ways in which to enhance the experience of our Sixth Form students.  In addition to the more traditional school courses, the Sixth Form have the opportunity to study a broader range of subjects including Politics and Sociology. 

As part of the Sixth Year programme, and in preparedness for the next stage of study or work, our Sixth Formers have weekly talks from a variety of guest speakers on subjects ranging from Finance and Health to Charities and Philanthropy. This is a great opportunity to broaden both their knowledge and understanding of the wider world and is also an opportunity for them to challenge or question their own opinions. 

Academic Excellence 

A sixth form education at Fernhill School will maximise the potential and opportunity of every young person we teach. With class sizes in single digits and unrivalled academic support network from experienced and dedicated staff, we have enjoyed 100% pass rate at Advanced Higher for the past three years. Coupled with the other aspects of our sixth form experience, our young people leave us with the confidence and ambition required to face the challenges of University or work life successfully while at the same time able to show respect, empathy and responsibility in all that they do.  

Sixth Form Centre 

Every Sixth Form Pupil forms part of our Senior Pupil Leadership Team and all have a significant role to play in the development of the school and support of their fellow pupils. This additional responsibility comes with certain privileges including a dedicated Sixth Form Common Room with space to relax, socialise, eat and have meetings. 

Across the hall from the Common Room our Sixth Form also enjoy open access to a dedicated study area and library to allow private study during free periods and also serves as an ideal breakout area for occasionally tutorials and other non subject learning experiences 

Leadership Opportunities 

All Sixth Form pupils will support the leadership of the school in a variety of roles ranging from School Captain, House Captains, Subject Captains and Charity Captains. These roles will support the smooth running of the school and enhance Fernhill School’s place in the wider community.  

The School Captain will is also the Chair of the pupil Council and is assisted by the Vice Captain in ensuring all pupils within our school community have a voice.

Fernhill School House System 

One of the most valued and engaging aspects of pupil life at Fernhill School is our House system; a reward driven, competitive, inclusive and fun calendar of events which punctuates and compliments learning throughout the year. House Captains play a vital role in the planning, management and communication of House events throughout the year and  will support the Heads of House in the orderly running of the House System competitions and events, a role which develops the communication, leadership and organisational skills necessary to succeed in the next, and more independent, chapter of their learning. and with the organisation of competitions and events. 

There will be opportunities for pupils to lead assemblies, to deliver public addresses at Prize Giving and large events. The Pupil Leadership Team will meet with the Head Teacher for weekly meetings where they will engage in important decision making relating to pupil learning and wellbeing. 

UCAS, Internships and Work Experience 

Our Sixth Form pupils will be supported through the UCAS entry process by the Head of Sixth Form. Weekly UCAS meetings will ensure all the relevant administration is completed, personal statements are on track and advice on university entry requirements is up to date. This bespoke support system ensures positive destinations for all students including Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Engineering and Expressive arts. 

For students applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Law, they will also be fully supported in preparing for UCAT and LNAT testing. Students applying for Oxbridge will also receive specialist support to ensure they are fully prepared. 

We expect that Sixth Form students will undertake a significant period of work experience or an internship if the timetable permits. The school will assist with this. However, many if required or will support pupils have who wish to utilise their own contacts. which can be used.