Introduction to Sixth Form
Upper Fifth girls and their parents found out all that is in store in the Downe House Sixth Form at our introductory day on Saturday 23 September and discovered just how exciting the transition promises to be when they reach the top of the School.
Academic life is key but no less important are the super-curricular and leadership opportunities, preparation for gap years and higher education, plus a growing sense of personal responsibility and independence reflected in life the Sixth Form boarding Houses. Headmistress, Mrs Emma McKendrick, also elaborated on the support and encouragement girls are given to differentiate themselves, explore their own interests and prepare for careers in a global world.
A panel of eight Sixth Form girls then fielded a question and answer session from the audience on everything from managing stress and finding a work/relaxation balance, right to the quality of the food in the Willis dining room and how to make time for simply having fun in such a busy environment. “Reaching your personal best” was a recurrent theme for the day.
Parents then enjoyed a tour of Willis House, the current Upper Sixth boarding House. Girls stay in the same House for two years, allowing them to stay with the same friends and Housestaff, an aspect that they appreciate.
An outstanding set of 2017 A Level results proved the point that this summer’s leavers had found the confidence to be their best, work hard and reap the rewards of their knowledge, learning and positive outlook. And what could be more appealing than that!