SIXTH FORM OVERVIEW
Our Sixth Form at Queen Anne’s is full of community and a place where we have an excellent record of A Level successes, with many going on to some of the top universities in the country including Oxford and Cambridge.
Life in the Sixth Form is busy and action-packed, however the team fully understands the distinctive needs of students at this stage of learning and the importance of preparation for examinations, university entrance and employment.
Community is strong at Queen Anne’s and all members of the Sixth Form belong to their own House, Holmes for the Lower Sixth and Michell for the Upper Sixth. Both accommodate day girls alongside boarders. Housemistresses and resident House staff play a large part in daily life and are available at all times of the day and night. In addition to this the Director of Sixth Form is available to advise on organising and managing workload and to give general advice on examinations, revision strategies, university applications and all other aspects of Sixth Form life.
The girls can relax and enjoy their lunch in their own space, Café 6. They can order their lunch, catch up with friends and swap stories while keeping up to date with the latest news via the television. They also have access to a dedicated Sixth Form work area where they can study alongside their peers.
Sixth Formers have their own small tutor group which meets regularly and the tutor works closely with individual students over two years, monitoring academic process and overseeing personal well-being. Additional support is provided by the Director of Sixth Form, the Academic Deputy Head, Pastoral Deputy Head and House staff.
During their time in the Sixth Form, students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer. These range from organised schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations and public speaking to summer balls, trips out with friends and a vast range of extra-curricular activities. We also organise regular social events with our ‘brother’ schools such as The Oratory and Shiplake College.
At the beginning of the Lower Sixth all girls take part in an Induction Day. This is usually a one day event at the beginning of the new academic year in September. The girls will try a variety of team building and leadership exercises. As well as having fun, the idea is for the girls to bond and make new friendships including getting to know the Director of Sixth Form and the House staff.
Dr Dawn Bellamy is the Director of Sixth Form here at Queen Anne’s. Alongside Mrs Laura Balderson Assistant Director of Sixth Form and a team of dedicated Sixth Form tutors, Dr Bellamy looks after all the academic needs of the girls as well as overseeing their university applications.
SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES
Queen Anne’s School offers Scholarships for entry at Sixth Form based upon merit to encourage the promotion of excellence across all aspects of the school’s life.
All-Round Scholarships are available to candidates who are strong academically and also demonstrate ability in art, drama, music or sport. Candidates will be required to choose two out of these four options and will be examined in their two chosen options together with English and mathematics examination papers. The School will normally award an All-Round Scholarship up to a maximum of 30% of day fees.
Applications for the Sixth Form Scholarship Examination should be received by the Headmistress no later than the autumn half-term in the academic year prior to entry. Details of how to apply are sent to registered families prior to the Entrance Examination.
To be considered for a Queen Anne’s Scholarship, please click below and complete the forms.
In pursuit of encouraging independent study at QAS, all Lower Sixth girls will undertake an Extended Project towards the end of the summer term. They will complete the project in their own time over the summer holiday. In addition to fostering independent learning, such studies also incorporate the following:
- Foster interest in learning for its own sake – there will be recognition for achievement within school, but these essays would not be part of the public examination system
- Encourage further academic collaboration between staff and pupils – pupils will consult with their supervisors on the framing of questions, reading and essay structure.
- Help encourage academic activity during the summer vacation.
- Give the girls an opportunity to write about their work in their personal statement for university application.
Studies can be in any discipline but must involve some element of research from a variety of sources and must have these sources attributed. Most should be problem based. Studies need not be in the form of an essay. They could be presentations or the creation of a piece of artwork or displays but all must involve independent research and analysis.