My Sixth Form Story
Here are some words from Sixth Formers who have moved up through the School as well as those who joined us just for Sixth Form.
Since joining in Year 12, the School has been nothing but supportive during my transition into the Sixth Form. I’m in an environment where I am regularly challenged to push myself further academically as well as outside the classroom, where extra-curricular activities are heavily encouraged, something I had not seen much of in previous schools. The smaller class sizes in comparison to my old school have also had a massive positive impact on my learning as I feel I can get more one to one support from all of my teachers. So many opportunities have been opened to me here that I can confidently say I wouldn’t have accessed had I not been here. I have thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to The Peterborough School and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.
I joined the school in Year 7, and have grown in confidence and ability in this enriching environment ever since. The initial draw of The Peterborough School for my family and I was the size of the school - it is large enough to provide all the educational, sports and extra-curricular options you desire, however small enough for you, as an individual, to matter and not be just a number.
I have set my sights on a place at Medical School, so know I have to be a high-achiever at A Level to secure one of these sought-after places. I didn’t even contemplate leaving the school to complete my Sixth Form elsewhere. The small class sizes are a huge advantage that is not offered at other schools and can be the difference between learning and truly understanding.
In addition to our A Levels, we also work on an Extended Project Qualification. The expertise gained through this project are highly recognised by universities, and introduce skills that are required in later life. My topic is focused on a subject that not only interests me, but has huge implications on our stretched healthcare services as I selected the title: ‘Are self-inflicted illnesses wasting NHS resources?’
The Sixth Form here is like a family, with everyone willing to help when someone needs support. Sixth Formers are given greater responsibility in managing their own studies outside lessons, preparing us for university. The Sixth Form common room is an ideal environment to relax and unwind with friends when your timetable allows. And, as the oldest students in school, we are role models for younger students and look to lead by example, so there is a self-policing attitude that encourages independence and self-management.
And from leavers in 2018:
“Staff are caring and supportive, which helps us to achieve our potential. I’ve gained confidence during my time here.”
“I’ve had a great experience and learnt a great deal.”
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the relationships I’ve made.”