In line with British University curricula we dedicate Wednesday afternoons to social, cultural and sporting enrichment. Students can opt to play sport socially or at a competitive level or to take part in a range of activities from yoga and meditation to chess and debating. In addition, as part of our offer, all students complete a first aid training certificate.
We firmly believe students should enjoy their time at sixth form and that happy and enriched students are also free-thinking and academically successful students. As such, we visit venues such as Bletchley Park to discover the secrets of the enigma code and welcome speakers to our school from wide-ranging organisations, such as the Foreign Office, leading law firms or charities. The more voices a student can hear, the more enlightened their frame of reference and intellectual outlook will become.
A number of our students each year represent their county, region or country at their chosen sport. All students visit the University of Surrey Sports Park where they receive coaching from the centre’s elite coaches. Many Grey Court Sixth Form students are also involved in running coaching clinics and clubs for main school students and members of the local community.
Many of our sixth formers play instruments and are involved in group music both in and out of school. There are a number of music practice rooms at their disposal. Our art department hosts visiting artists as well as arranging trips to local and national galleries. Drama students are involved in sixth form productions and have the opportunity to direct main school students in their performances. Creative workshops are arranged with theatres such as The Globe on London's Southbank and Kingston's Rose Theatre. Our aim is to provide a suitable platform for all our sixth formers to exhibit their unique talents.
We offer students a personalised mentor programme. They will be in groups with a dedicated and experienced mentor to help and guide them through sixth form and on to adult life. Students spend their time debating, hypothesising, rationalising and thinking creatively during their their mentor times. Students see their mentor every day and in addition have regular one-to-one academic mentoring meetings where an individual education plan is drawn up for each student.
All Grey Court Sixth Form students are expected to complete 30 hours of community service in year 12. We have contacts with over 50 charitable agencies ranging from our sixth form charity - The Livingstone Tanzania Trust - which supports community projects in Tanzania - to The National Trust volunteering scheme. We are also members of PiXL Edge: a programme to introduce the development of life skills for young people. The scheme focuses on five key attributes: leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication. Sixth form students participate in the PiXL Masters level of the programme which helps to enhance their university, apprenticeship and employment applications.
We encourage students to broaden their horizons. In order to foster this spirit of adventure we have developed links with schools in New Zealand, Spain, China, France and Tanzania. We run a biennial expedition to help build schools in Tanzania and our sixth form scientists are given the opportunity to visit the Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland, in year 12.
A significant proportion of our sixth formers study mathematics and up to three sciences at A’ level. We know these students are highly valued by employers and have cultivated links with the Crick Institute and the National Physical Laboratory. Sixth formers benefit from a dedicated science mentor to help them develop their practical and theoretical skill-set, which they will need to succeed in their appliance of science. They also receive guided tutorials for their applications to University science summer schools as well as medical and veterinary courses.
We expect our students to gain places at the country's leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Grey Court has a significant network of Oxbridge alumni whose expertise we draw upon. We offer students a personal Oxbridge mentor and a tailored Oxbridge programme for those intending to apply. We work closely with academics from Churchill College, Cambridge and Clare College, Oxford, to ensure our students compete on an equal footing with their independent school counterparts.
Independent study is an essential element of successful post-16 education. Students should complete 20 hours of additional study each week, on top of the 20 hours spent in a formal lessons. Extra reading and research can really make a difference.