Friday, 14 December 2018

Shaping the leaders of the future

STUDENTS leaving the sixth form at St Helen and St Katharine will be confident in their

STUDENTS leaving the sixth form at St Helen and St Katharine will be confident in their ability to engage with and relish the challenges of the 21st century, which they will shape and lead.

Our sixth form curriculum for September 2016 continues to celebrate the established academic successes at St Helen’s and creates opportunities for students to enhance their experiences as the school’s senior year groups.

Each student will follow an individual programme of three, four or five linear A-levels taught over two years from a choice of over 20 subjects.

Linear A-levels provide time for reflection to achieve a deep understanding of the subjects studied and the links between different concepts, while exploring related but non-examined material to extend breadth of understanding.

We don’t want students to feel too comfortable. They need to take risks and face intellectual challenges in preparation for university study.

Our St Katharine’s Study adds depth and breadth to the curriculum as students undertake an independent research project around a particular personal interest, which includes the opportunity to take an Extended Project Qualification.

They may also choose to study an additional AS Level subject, computer coding or a non-European language or complete university essays, compete in Olympiads and engage with external lectures as they explore surprising and challenging intellectual and moral issues.

Girls will lead activities, be given key responsibilities and act as role models. Our prefect team, led by the head girl, and house captains play a vital role in the leadership of the school.

Opportunities exist in the community, in the arena of team and individual sports coaching and as mentors to girls in younger years to develop these crucial life skills.

Lower sixth students explore critical thinking in classes with Abingdon School students before enjoying an upper sixth conference with Radley College sixth formers, debating and analysing current affairs.

Our students are the engineers, lawyers, doctors and politicians of tomorrow, who will leave St Helen’s as women who have thrived in the supportive and challenging environment that our sixth form provides.

To find out more about St Helen and St Katharine come to our whole school open day on Saturday, October 3, or our sixth form open evening on Thursday, October 8. Visit the website at or email

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