Girls leave Queen’s not just well-qualified but knowledgeable about the world they live in, independent, driven, confident, and friendly. These are qualities that our former pupils and their parents tell us set Queen’s girls apart from the crowd.
One big reason for this is that our focus is not just on the academic, but on the whole person. If someone has an interest or a passion, the school is small enough to notice and well-resourced enough to be able to develop it.
Much like university, there are a whole host of clubs and societies to join in Sixth Form, and as senior members of the school, many girls will have an integral role in helping run some of them. Through positions of responsibility like the Head Girl's Team, prefects and sports captains, students will also be able to develop leadership potential and learn how to work as part of, or lead, a team. This is generally something that pupils are grateful for when they begin university or take on their first job.
Sixth Formers also have an important job as role models for younger pupils in the school. In Year 12, you will be invited to take part in our successful mentoring scheme where you work with Year 10 pupils to share your experiences of GCSE study and, in Year 13, you will take on the role of ‘buddy’ to the new Year 7 pupils to help them settle in to their new surroundings. Year 12 girls also pair up with Year 13 students to help with academic work.
Public speaking, critical thinking and debating skills are all vital for life and the world of work. They are taught throughout the school and focused upon strongly in Sixth Form. The Holdich Society Lecture Programme enables girls to both deliver and listen to a lunchtime lectures on a range of subject. Often visiting experts will also be invited in to talk to the girls through this programme.
As part of the Sixth Form experience, the co-curricular QUEST programme (Queen's Enrichment Studies) runs alongside your A-level choices and is designed to broaden your knowledge and interests. This includes activities such as digital photography, study skills, ice skating, personal finance and paediatric first aid.