Life in the Sixth Form is hard work but pupils are treated as mature young adults.
The Sixth Form Mentors guide you through the university application, choice of subjects and a range of other challenges both great and small. There is no school uniform but the requirement to dress like young professional people.
The Sixth Form offers change, a wealth of new opportunities and a chance to prepare for the future.
Most Sixth Formers study three A Levels, although a few study four. Work and progress is monitored by Sixth Form Tutors. At A Level there are more than twenty subjects to choose from. In an average year around 95% of our Sixth Form leavers will go on to University with the rest primarily taking internships. Just under half of our University bound Sixth Form leavers go on to study at Oxford, Cambridge or Russell Group Universities.
We offer a comprehensive range of A Level and BTec courses. We expect potential Sixth Formers to have a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade 4 or above and to have achieved at least a grade 6 at GCSE in their chosen subjects.
Available courses are listed in the A Level curriculum document in this section.
What’s Sixth Form Like?
‘Battle Abbey Sixth Form is an environment that cultivates academic success and creates a supportive network in which students are able to thrive, and, in their two years in the Sixth Form, develop into well-rounded individuals ready to leave the Abbey. Ages 16 to 18 are all about a sense of independence and responsibility – which, in turn, comes with freedom and choice. Martlet House provides excellent facilities where students can either focus on their studies in the Silent Study Room or take a break from their hard work in the café and garden. This building is almost entirely centred around the Sixth Form experience and hence is a great place for students to unwind or work without distraction. There are also designated areas within the main building, including the Common Room and Computer Room, giving students the convenience of always being close to their next lesson. Sixth Form students are free to eat, study, and relax where they please – as long as they sign in and out with their lanyards, of course!
Sixth Form life is never boring at Battle Abbey School. There are many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as the Choir, Book club, or the many sporting clubs put on every lunch time, after school and even before the day starts. There are also plenty of opportunities for academic extension and public speaking, such as presentations on a topic of interest in the ‘lunchbox lectures’ series or by helping to write and produce the school’s academic journal, Extend. The Sixth Form have the opportunity not only to participate in these activities but to help run them or set one up. For example, recently established societies in the school, focused entirely on supra curricular learning, are lead entirely by the Sixth Form student body. Many Sixth Formers are also involved with the activities that revolve around the Performing Arts Centre, or PAC as it is fondly known. There is the chance to star in the latest musical production or perform in the termly concerts. Members of the Sixth Form make a contribution to the two choirs, orchestra, string orchestra and jazz band, with many more ensembles being set up by our new Head of Music.
Sixth Formers are able to take on leadership roles in the school as Heads of House, Bronzes, Heads of Boarding, Stars and, of course, Guardians; our unique title for Head Boy(s) and Head Girl(s). These student leaders form a bridge between the student body and staff allowing communication between the two and enabling voices across school to be heard and recognised. Responsibilities include the organisation of the Formal Christmas Dinner and Summer Ball as well as inter-house competitions and charity events. These leaders also act in a pastoral role, as someone to turn to for pupils in younger years if they have any issues. Anything critical can then be passed on to the relevant staff within the school. These positions of responsibility also allow new students to become involved and integrated with the running of the school and gain experience in organising events and collaborating on projects – which are skills much sought after by universities and employers.
One of the many benefits of the Sixth Form at Battle Abbey is the extensive support and encouragement the staff offer throughout the 2 years, allowing all of us to reach our full potential. In Year 12 regular networking lunches and enrichment sessions are available where speakers from a multitude of different professions spend an hour or so talking with us, informing us of the demands of the career in question and the best possible routes to get us there. The school also offers numerous events which are held either in school or at other locations highlighting the different options after Year 13, whether you want to go to university, start an apprenticeship or head straight into a career.
Although Year 13 may appear to be a strenuous and stressful time, the efforts made by the staff allow it to become an atmosphere of excited energy as we prepare for our futures. We are encouraged to push ourselves to attain the best grades possible while also becoming the outstanding individuals they know we can be. The stresses of UCAS applications and revision are eased and our individual progress monitored by an assigned tutor, which allows us to feel both composed and confident in our university applications – not only in the UK but globally. Students applying for universities across Europe, North America, Canada, and even Australia are all supported by the school as much as possible.
It is thanks to all of these things that we are confident in saying that Battle Abbey provides its students with the skills and determination to become successful well-rounded individuals with a natural sense of compassion and empathy in an environment that is both friendly and exciting. We hope that if we see you join the Battle Abbey family in the near future, that you too will enjoy your time here as much as we have.’
The Guardians 2021/2022