The majority of fifth formers at Bedstone continue into the sixth form where they are joined by many new entrants from other schools and from other countries. These new young people are assimilated quickly into the school and help to bring new ideas and perspectives to the sixth form.The ambitions of Bedstone sixth formers are met in many ways: with an average class size of just eight students, personal attention is assured and sixth formers study through a mixture of formal classes, practicals and independent learning periods. With the help of their personal tutor, students are taught how to plan the effective use of their time. Great care is given to managing the transition from the GCSE to the demands of advanced level work.There are almost twenty subjects available at A level and, with few exceptions, students may study what they wish and what their abilities allow. The minimum number of courses that may be studied equate to two A levels plus The Extended Project Qualification, (EPQ). The maximum, encouraged for the most able candidates, is the equivalent of four A levels.
The sixth form is seen as a bridge between school and university, both academically and socially. The vast majority of sixth formers choose to board so that they are prepared for life away from home. Sixth formers have their own, smart, business-like dress code; enjoy the use of the sixth form club that, on Saturday nights, includes a licensed bar strictly controlled and operated by staff. This is another step in the transition between school and university life.
All members of the sixth form are expected to play a responsible role in the life of the college and play their part in the pastoral wellbeing of the younger members of the community. Students have the opportunity to become Prefects, Heads of House and even Head Boy and Girl. Sixth Form students are seen as ambassadors for the college.
Each academic year ends with the black-tie Sixth Form Ball to which the sixth form, their parents, staff and governors are invited. It is the last opportunity to say farewell to the Upper Sixth.Full details of sixth form courses, and of life in the sixth form, are in the separate Sixth Form Handbook & Options 2015-2016 which is available upon request or downloadable from this website.
Throughout the sixth form years the careers staff provide guidance, arrange practice interviews and help with the selection of University and career options. The success of our students in gaining entry to their first-choice university reflects the wisdom of the advice given. in 2014, 56.1% of all students gained A*-B in their A2 examinations, putting Bedstone amongst the top performing schools in the region, despite our inclusive, non-selective ethos.