Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form

I am delighted to welcome prospective members of Kendrick Sixth Form to the school.

I am extremely proud of the academic and personal achievements of all the students in our Sixth Form.  Not only do the students enjoy impressive examination results that place us as one of the best state schools in the country, but they repeatedly amaze us with their sporting success, musical prowess and other individual achievements.  Sixth Form students are excellent role models for the rest of the school and they actively participate in many aspects of the school life of students in Years 7 to 11.  The Sixth Form building houses the whole school library; four Sixth Form teaching spaces and a common room area for Year 13 with a new study space in the observatory. Year 12 are based in Sidmouth, one of our original buildings within the school site.

Our Sixth Form is highly oversubscribed.  There are approximately 140 students in each of Years 12 and 13, with around 40-50 external admissions each year.  Kendrick School supports the approach of the new reformed A Levels as an opportunity for deep learning rather than an annual focus on examination performance. Kendrick School is committed to providing, where possible, a flexible and personalised approach to examination entries for all students. Our three and four A-Level pathways are complemented by a programme of wellbeing, enrichment and personal recreation. Information, advice and guidance for all students enables them to choose the appropriate curriculum pathway in a supported way, and these options are provided later in this prospectus.

Additional enrichment opportunities for the students include: leadership of and participation in House events; extensive prefect system operating across the whole school in a variety of roles; outreach work with our partner schools and local primary schools; mentoring with peers and younger years; Year 12 pantomime enjoyed by the whole school each Christmas; physical education opportunities and clubs; subject related trips, visits and conferences; Debate Club; Model United Nations; choirs and music ensembles; charity fundraisers; green group; clubs for younger years; subject specific challenges and competitions; fair-trade stall; and the annual ski trip. We fully support students who wish to set up new groups and clubs across the school.

Kendrick Sixth Form is for students who wish to be challenged academically and those who are also willing to play an active role in the life of the school. Alongside this we offer exceptional pastoral care and high quality information, advice and guidance to enable all our students to be supported in their plans for the future.

I very much look forward to receiving your application.

Ms Helen Stacey

Head of Sixth Form