Sixth Form

Welcome to the Rickmansworth School Sixth Form page.

Our Sixth Form is amongst the top 25% in the country

Our Sixth Form students are looked after by the Sixth Form pastoral team. Mr Eley is Head of Sixth Form and he is supported in this role by the  Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Hughes. Mrs Plested and Miss Kennedy are the Sixth Form Administrative Assistants and are on hand all day for the students.

We see our role as more than just educating our students academically. We want them to leave our school with a clear idea of the path they wish to pursue, having explored all of their options. We want to develop their skills in resilience, independence, leadership and teamwork so that they can move on from us to become successful in their chosen careers.

Our students have their own block which includes a silent study. They have access to computers so that they can get on with work in their study periods. They also have a reading area which contains information on Higher Education and School Leaver opportunities.

In addition to their studies, most of our students are involved in some sort of leadership or volunteering activity. Some of them do this out of school, helping local charities and organisations. There are lots of opportunities in school for our students to volunteer, from helping Year 7 students with paired reading to becoming a prefect. We also run enrichment afternoons where students can build life skills and enjoy well being activities, such as Yoga, Cooking and Employability Skills.

In Year 12, all students undertake a week of work experience which links to their future aspirations. Students are encouraged to be ambitious in the placements they seek and have secured a wide range of valuable placements, ranging from doctors surgeries, veterinary surgeries and hospitals to engineering, law and accounting firms, schools, , the performing arts, libraries, museums and even scientific research facilities such as CERN in Switzerland. This work placement helps to prepare them for employment and in many cases has been valuable or even crucial in securing a university place.

We also encourage students to complete 50 hours of volunteering activities throughout 6th form to further develop their personal skills and prepare them for the workplace, and a comprehensive programme of workshops and visiting speakers from universities, employers & apprenticeship providers ensure students are equipped to make informed decisions about their future.

Most opportunities available to our students are advertised on the Sixth Form blog so that students and parents can find out what is going on. In addition, The School's Ofsted report can also be found below.

Ofsted Report 2nd November 2017

Curriculum

At Key Stage 5 students select a smaller range of subjects to study, typically choosing to study 3 A Levels. Students are free to choose subjects from the list below, provided they meet the entrance requirements for each. A Level study allows students the freedom to explore those subjects they enjoy most in greater depth, enabling them to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for Higher Education and employment. As entry to university and employment become increasingly competitive, the grades students achieve are becoming ever more important and students are supported through the transition from GCSE to A level by an outstanding pastoral system and access to excellent study facilities.

All students are expected to work consistently hard and are set challenging A Level targets based on their attainment at GCSE. Progress toward these targets is monitored on a half-termly basis and parents receive an Assessment Tracker report at the end of each term, showing their son or daughter’s target grade and current grade along with attitude to learning, behaviour and homework grades in each subject studied. Parents also have the opportunity to discuss their son or daughter’s academic progress in a consultation evening with all subject teachers and will receive a formal written report annually.

Entry requirements for the Sixth Form are as follows:

Grades 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Students not achieving these levels are required to continue their study in these subjects.

 

3 Subjects

4 Subjects

Minimum of 44 points from 9 GCSE

Minimum of 55 points from 9 GCSEs

 

A Level Options:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology

 

Mr Chris Eley

Head of Sixth Form

 

Extra Curricular

We pride ourselves in developing well-rounded Sixth Form students who are ready for life beyond school. Part of this is encouraging them to become involved with school life beyond their studies. Our students have a vast array of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. We have a strong Performing Arts faculty and our annual show encourages students from all years to work together, with our Sixth Form students often taking leading roles. There are plenty of sporting activities taking place too and our new gym is available to Sixth Form students at times during the school day as well as before and after school. Many students are Sports Leaders and act as coaches or managers for younger teams. In September, our Year 12 students are encouraged to sign up to become peer mentors (for which they receive training) or to help with paired reading or lesson support for younger pupils. We also offer the opportunity to work towards the silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and we run an Outlook Expeditions trip bi-annually which a lot of our students take part in. Additionally, our students can apply to take on a prefect role towards the end of Year 12 which they continue in until the Easter of Year 13. In addition to all of this, there are many departmental trips on offer such as the annual ski trip or the geography trip to Iceland

In 2017, 84% of our students moved on to Higher Education, 3% went on to Further Education, 9% took Gap Years before applying to university, 3% found Apprenticeships and 1% found other employment.

 

Destination

Course

Aberystwyth

Economics

Amersham College

Art Foundation

Amersham College

Art Foundation

Amersham College

Art Foundation

Amersham College

Art Foundation

Anglia Ruskin

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Aston

International Business & Economics

Bangor

Chemistry

Bangor

Psychology

Bath

Biomedical Sciences

Birmingham

Chemical Engineering

Birmingham

Mechanical Engineering

Birmingham

Law with Business

Birmingham

Drama & Theatre Arts

Birmingham City

Early Education Studies

Bournemouth

Criminology

Bournemouth Arts

Art & Design Foundation

Brighton

Business with Economics

Bristol

Economics

Brunel

Anthropology

Brunel

Engineering

Chichester

Modern History

City

Civil Engineering with Architecture

City

Computer Science

City

Computer Science

Coventry

Photography (deferred)

Coventry

Mechanical Engineering

De Montfort

Dance

Exeter

Geography

Exeter

Economics

Glasgow School of Art

Photography

Gloucestershire

Advertising & Marketing

Hertfordshire

Photography

Hertfordshire

Psychology

Hertfordshire

Pharmacy

Hertfordshire

Learning Disability Education

Hertfordshire

Economics

Hull

Music

Imperial College London

Biomedical Sciences

Imperial College London

Physics

Kent

Psychology

Kent

Philosophy

Kingston

Art Foundation

LCC

Art & Design Foundation

Leeds

Physics

Leeds

Biology

Leeds

Economics & Geography

Leeds Trinity

Primary Education

Leicester

English

Liverpool John Moores

Computer Science

London Brookes College

Further Maths

Manchester

Chemical Engineering

Manchester Metropolitan

Primary Education

Medway School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy

Middlesex

Biomedical Sciences

Newcastle

Accounting & Finance

Nottingham

Biology

Nottingham Trent

Criminology

Nottingham Trent

Business Studies

Nottingham Trent

Fashion Communication & Promotion

Nottingham Trent

Business Management & Marketing

Nottingham Trent

Environmental Science

Plymouth

Computer Science

Portsmouth

Biology

Reading

Human & Physical Geography

Reading

Computer Science

Reading

Psychology

Roehampton

Primary Education

Roehampton

Primary Education

Sheffield

Civil Engineering

Southampton

Mechanical Engineering

Southampton

Civil Engineering

Southampton

Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Southampton

Mechanical Engineering

Southampton

English

Southampton

Physics

Southampton

Economics

Southampton

Chemistry

Southampton

Physics

Southampton

Computer Science

Southampton

Accountancy & Finance

Southampton Solent

Magazine Journalism

Sussex

Economics

Sussex

Politics

Sussex

Computer Science

Swansea

Business

Swansea

Psychology

UAL Camberwell

Art & Design Foundation

UCA Farnham

Digital Film & Screen Arts

UEL

Photography

Warwick

Accounting & Finance

Warwick

Mechanical Engineering

Warwick

Chemistry

 

Sixth Form Open Evening

 Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday 8th November.