Introduction from the Head of Sixth Form, Ms Laura Holloway To view the new Sixth Form Prospectus (2020-2022) please click here. The Sixth Form is the most exciting stage of your education and here at St Mary’s we believe that we provide you with a stimulating environment in which you will excel. For us, the Sixth Form is about looking ahead and we are here to help guide you as you make some very important decisions about your future. We have a very strong Sixth Form of over one hundred students and our supportive community, in which everybody is valued as an individual, means that you can expect the highest level of care in every aspect of school life. Learning in the Sixth Form is stimulating and fun as we aim to foster your intellectual curiosity and creativity. Smaller class sizes mean that you will have the opportunity to explore in real depth your chosen subjects, far beyond the confines of the syllabus, and you will engage in exciting academic debate as you develop a higher level of thinking and increased independence of thought. You should expect to be challenged to take intellectual risks within a supportive environment and you should not be afraid of failing. The development of the qualities outlined above will allow you to apply confidently for your chosen courses at the world’s leading universities and you will be supported in your applications by an experienced team of dedicated teachers and Tutors every step of the way. Beyond the classroom there are a vast number of extra-curricular opportunities on offer to you and you should ensure that you take full advantage of the programme available here at St Mary’s. A few highlights include the RADA Advanced Communication Skills Course (Speak Out!), Young Enterprise, Model United Nations, the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Sixth Form Lecture Series. As would also be expected, there is a wide range of musical and sporting opportunities for you to explore and St Mary’s girls perform at the highest level in both fields. In addition, we encourage you to take the initiative and set up clubs and societies which suit your own particular interests. The Sixth Form at St Mary’s is also a time for you to develop a broader awareness and understanding of the world around you and how you play a part in shaping it. We hold the concept of service in high regard and are deeply committed to helping you become compassionate and resilient leaders; we believe that you have the potential to bring about positive change both within the local and global community. Being a Sixth Former means that you are a role model for the rest of the school and a particularly rewarding aspect of your new role will be interacting with the younger girls, further developing St Mary’s strong sense of community. We are incredibly proud of our first-class Sixth Form boarding Houses which aim to facilitate the transition to university life by developing your independent living skills. The individual spacious, en-suite study bedrooms, communal kitchens, gardens and lounges as well as the tutorial area provide you with the perfect environment in which you can learn to manage your work-life balance whilst at school. There is also an extensive team of House staff who are here when you need them and they aim to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in which you can rise to the challenge of the increased responsibility afforded to you. The Sixth Form experience at St Mary’s is inspirational, transformative and fun and our girls are happy, motivated and caring students who are empowered to be the very best they can be. Upon leaving, St Mary’s girls know that they are capable of succeeding in whatever they choose and are ready to embrace the challenges that lie ahead.The best way to get a sense of what our Sixth Form is about is to come and visit us and meet some of our current Sixth Formers. We have open days every term which can be booked by clicking the ‘Open Day’ tab on the menu and we also hold a Sixth Form Fair in the Autumn Term, alternatively you can phone us on 01249 857206 and we will arrange an individual appointment for you.