An important part of our Sixth Form co-curriculum provision is the academic enrichment we offer. This goes beyond the work undertaken in the academic curriculum by offering a programme of activities that enhances academic development and stimulates intellectual curiosity in all students.
Academic Enrichment and Clubs in Sixth Form
Oxbridge and Competitive Course preparation
The opportunity to work with a specialist tutor in support of an application for Oxbridge or a competitive course allows discussion and consideration of new areas of learning. Girls are encouraged to express views and respond to others’ viewpoints, using the interaction to develop their thoughts and expand their exploration of a subject area that excites and stimulates their intellectual curiosity and development. Those who pursue such applications need to be self-starters, determined and focused. Through the support of a tutor, they are guided and nurtured towards success.
Essay admissions preparation
Writing an essay to answer an unseen question on a topic you may not have studied in around 40 minutes can be one of the challenges presented in university admission tests. Sessions are held with students every year to help them develop the skills and techniques that are required to respond appropriately.
Admissions test preparation
If a student is required to undertake an admissions test she’s allocated a specialist tutor who will provide an overview to her preparation for the specific test requirements. Meetings range from discussion sessions to consideration of how to approach the paper or review of completed work. It is expected that each student will undertake independent preparation and provide completed work to her tutor on a regular basis.
Oxbridge and interview discussion groups
Working with a specialist tutor in support of an application to Oxbridge or a competitive course is important but the students are also offered the opportunity to explore different areas through interaction with their peers. These meetings are designed to encourage the students to talk, express views and respond to others’ viewpoints, using the interaction to develop their thoughts and produce coherent responses.
Traditional interview and medical interview practice forms just a part of the preparation for interviews. Each student who is offered an interview has the opportunity to meet with a specialist in their area of study to support the identification of key strengths and areas that may require refinement. In addition, consideration is given to body language, first impressions, demonstrating the thinking process and the etiquette of an interview situation.
Friday Series Lectures
A programme of academic lectures with topics ranging from ‘Nepal a mountain Kingdom’ to ‘Maps are not reality at all’. The aim of the programme is to offer the students an opportunity to explore new areas of knowledge and to introduce them to a formal lecture environment.
The ‘Big Question’
‘Did the chicken come before the egg?’ ‘Is it okay to ban certain books?’ Such questions form the basis of a discussion programme. Students are presented with differing viewpoints on the question, which is followed by a discussion and completed with a vote, the outcome of which is always interesting. Visiting Speakers Refugee experience, differing political perspectives and an exploration of a renowned author’s life are examples of some of the varied speakers who come into St George’s. Each offers intellectual breadth to the girls, no matter their age.
Refugee experience, differing political perspectives and an exploration of a renowned author’s life are examples of some of the varied speakers who come into St George’s. Each offers intellectual breadth to the girls, no matter their age.
These societies offer senior students the ability to lead, while also exploring an area of academic interest. Some societies meet weekly, while others are held only once or twice a term. Discussion sessions, reviews of articles or visiting speakers relevant to the field of interest form part of each society’s programme.
Sixth Form Student-Led Clubs
Model United Nations
Our Model United Nations Club allows students to debate contemporary regional and global issues while representing a country. The debate simulates the procedures which take place at the United Nations. The Club is student-led and student-run with three Co-secretary Generals elected each session. These Co-Secretary Generals set weekly debates, train students new to the Club and prepare student delegates for conferences. Students are required to write position papers and resolutions depending on the views of their assigned country. The Club debates weekly in school during the lunch hour and also participates in three to four regional conferences each session.
The national Young Enterprise Company Programme gives thousands of students each year the opportunity to prepare for their working life through the experience of running their own company, supported by volunteer advisers from business. Students from Lower 6 set up and run a company over the course of one academic year. They elect a Board of Directors from among their peers, raise share capital, and market and finance a product or service of their own choice. At the end of the year, they present a report and accounts to their shareholders. Students gain experience of the real business world, taking responsibility and being accountable to their shareholders and to each other.
Independent Women student magazine
Independent Women is our pupil-led magazine. It is a platform for students to air their views on a host of issues. Articles have covered topics ranging from the Oscars to Obama, from the social network to social justice, from what we love to eat to what we love to hate. Each year a new editorial team is selected from Upper 6 and they strive to keep true to the core values of great journalism for a school audience. Each new team might toy with the design or introduce new sections but the aim is always to look outward and comment fairly on the world as the girls see it.
At the Debating Club, students tackle topics, big and small. Motions range from political hot-potatoes and complex ethical or economic issues to more accessible motions, such as the pressure to attend university, or whether we should unmask all superheroes! Debating helps the students with confidence and expression, both in terms of public speaking, but also in sharpening their clarity of thinking and the structure, sequencing and persuasive impact of their line of argument. In addition to our weekly club debates, the more competitive students attend a range of competitions, including those run by university departments.
Musical and Theatrical Productions
An Upper School production is produced by the Sixth Form every year.