The Sixth Form at Kingham Hill School
Flourishing in the Sixth Form
Personal development is a key part of the Sixth Form at Kingham Hill School and at the start of Lower 6th pupils are encouraged to set themselves goals for the next two years. This affords them a sense of independence whilst allowing the school to develop the framework necessary to support and help keep them on track.
We want to encourage every pupil to flourish and achieve their aims; to leave the school well-equipped, ready to begin the next stage of their lives, whether that’s at university, work or a perhaps having a gap year. To that end, and in addition to their academic work, every Sixth Former has the chance to develop a wide range of skills to suit their aspirations.
Some of the additional qualifications Sixth Formers can gain include:
- Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
- National Pool Lifeguard Award
- Defibrillator course
- Emergency First Aid at Work
- CCF Leadership Qualifications (and many other qualifications available through CCF)
- LAMDA Speech and Drama qualifications, taken through peripatetic lessons
- ABRSM Graded Music Performance and Music Theory awards, taken through peripatetic lessons
- Sports Coaching Awards
- TEFL qualifications
The school’s informal motto of ‘work hard, play hard, serve well’ challenges pupils to think about being part of a team, club or society and our wide-range of school activities ensure that every Sixth Form pupil can extend their learning and skills well beyond the classroom. Sixth Form seminars every week also give pupils the chance to hear from a wide range of inspirational speakers covering a wide array of topics.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Every Sixth Former undertakes the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)and the variety of topics researched is testament to the breadth of skills and interests our pupils have and continue to develop during their time in the Sixth Form. A finished product may take the form of a research based written report, a production (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc.) or an artefact (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design). Productions and artefacts must also be accompanied by a shorter written report.
EPQs are challenging but rewarding and looked on very favourably by universities. Our results for EPQs - (56% A*, 75% A*/A) – illustrate just what pupils can achieve when pursuing their own interests within the supportive framework the Sixth Form provides.
A pupil’s personal development goes hand in hand with their wellbeing. Every Sixth Former, whether day or boarding, is part of a small house in which they have both a Houseparent and tutor who monitor their progress and ensure they are well and happy. The Head of Sixth also can be found in and among the Sixth Form at all times, supporting and encouraging pupils in all aspects of their Sixth Form journey. As a school with a distinctively Christian ethos, we have many opportunities for pupils to seek help when they need it, either through the chaplaincy team, house staff or their teachers.
For those boarding at the school, our boarding houses are a home from home. Sixth Formers are able to cook and clean for themselves as well as support younger pupils. Excitingly, our next development is our new Sixth Form house and building that will include even more facilities and enable all Upper Sixth to live independently so as to be fully prepared for life beyond school.
Sixth Form Seminar
Sixth Formers have an hour each week during which they are encouraged, challenged and inspired by a programme designed to help them prepare for life beyond school. The Seminar focuses on three areas:
- ‘Getting to University/Life Beyond School’ (UCAS and other applications)
- ‘Surviving University’ (PSHEE and other life skills like budgeting and cooking simple meals)
- ‘Leaving University’ (Careers)
A variety of speakers: local professionals, alumni and friends of the school speak to the pupils and help them as they seek to decide on a career path and make key decisions about their future. Representatives from universities come and speak to pupils in order to help them as they apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service).
What’s special about Kingham Hill School Sixth Form
- 45% A*- A at A level.
- A wide range of academic and vocational qualifications.
- Smaller class sizes provide individual support, and the time to explore ideas and work collaboratively with peers and staff.
- A welcoming community where everyone is nurtured, challenged and inspired to succeed.
- Amazing sports facilities including a full-equipped gym, a swimming pool and a brand new £6m sports centre.
- The Sixth Form have their social and study areas, including a bar!
- Huge range of activities on offer, from cooking to karting and farm club to film.
- A leadership programme that challenges every pupil to step out of their comfort zone and thrive.
- Sixth Formers have their own dress code: ‘business wear’ which allows them to take pride in their appearance and grow accustomed to wearing professional dress.
- Sixth Form Dinners each term are a great way to enjoy a formal dinner and hear from an inspirational speaker.
Subjects offered at A level
We offer the following 20 A levels and Pre-U at Kingham Hill School.
- Art and Design
- Classical Civilisation
- Design and Technology
- English Literature
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- History of Art
- Further Mathematics
- Physical Education
CTECs - Cambridge Technical Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
BTECs - Level 3 Certificate or Extended Certificate
A level results
Kingham Hill Sixth Form is, according to the Department of Education, the No.2 Sixth Form in Oxfordshire for Progress at A level and the top Sixth Form when all available academic qualifications are taken into account.
This year, pupils achieved record grades for the fourth year running with 45% of A level grades at A*/A and 71% at A*-B.