If you asked an Upper or Lower Sixth Queen’s Gate girl what she most enjoyed about the Sixth Form, she would probably reel off the lengthy list of opportunities available or the many events and traditions that punctuate each academic year. If you asked her to arrive at just one, she would undoubtedly say ‘the sense of community.
We harness the unique spirit and energy of our school community to get the absolute best from our girls. Through the provision of a broad academic curriculum, an extensive co-curricular programme and a wealth of leadership opportunities, our aim is to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and personal drive needed to forge their individual paths in our rapidly changing world. Our strong sense of identity and community is predicated upon this aim.
By design, we are a small, close-knit Sixth Form. Our small classes, coupled with an unparalleled offer of 28 subjects at A Level, ensures our girls really get to know their teachers, and our teachers really get to know our girls. Crucially, we do not place limits on our girls; we encourage them to be ambitious, to express their individuality, and to think critically. A bespoke academic curriculum and programme of guidance and support is tailored to meet the needs of each student, reflecting our utter commitment to securing and celebrating success and nurturing the talents of each individual girl, regardless of her starting point or academic interests. Extensive higher education preparation and careers provision, including a varied Enrichment programme and our weekly Wider World lecture series, ensure that over 90% of girls regularly go to their first-choice destinations in the UK and abroad. Indeed, Queen’s Gate students routinely gain entry to the world’s leading universities.
Student-focused pastoral care and academic support in the Sixth Form is provided by an experienced team of Form Tutors, Work Tutors, a Senior Tutor and two Heads of Year. We work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that our girls are happy, healthy and fulfilled by their time at Queen’s Gate and excited about what lies beyond. Additionally, we encourage all our girls to develop their confidence and independence by undertaking a range of leadership opportunities during their time in the Sixth Form. In addition to serving as Head Girls, Deputies and Prefects, Sixth Form students serve the school and wider community as peer mentors, subject ambassadors and/or community volunteers through our established Outreach programme.
Alongside our unrivalled location in the heart of South Kensington, it is this combination of high academic standards, community spirit and the provision of enriching activities that make our Sixth Form such an exceptional and nurturing place to work and learn.
We would be delighted to see you at our dedicated Sixth Form Open Evening during the Autumn Term. Alternatively, you may contact us at any time to arrange a visit or informal chat.
We look forward to welcoming you to Queen’s Gate soon.
Ms C Gittens
Head of Sixth Form