Holmes is a boarding and day house for the Lower Sixth Form students. It is a happy place to live and work and affords the girls many opportunities to develop and become responsible young adults.
Every girl, day and boarding, is housed in Holmes which makes for a very tight house bond. There is an opportunity for day girls to work independently, by opting to work in rooms especially fitted out in the library.
We are very fortunate that the House has excellent facilities and a dedicated and welcoming staff. There is a large, comfortable ‘sit’ for you to relax in, with sofas, chairs and a TV, DVD player and X-Box console. The kitchen is stocked with all the necessary essentials every day, and is a hub of activity in the evenings where you can socialise and cook your own supper. The house also has a laundry room with washing machines and dryers for you to use. There is a computer room for your use, or you may wish to work on your own laptop as Holmes is fitted with wireless internet, allowing you to connect at any time.
Activities are on offer every weekend. These can include shopping excursions, trips to London and the theatre, and at the beginning of the academic year all the Lower Sixth girls take a trip together to Wokefield Park for a weekend of house bonding and fun. This is a great way to get to know the girls that you will be spending the year with. One of the highlights of the year is the Lower Sixth Ball which is held in February with The Oratory and Shiplake School.
Your A Levels are the gateway to university and life beyond. You are in charge of your time and it is vital that you work hard and complete your prep. The Head of Sixth Form, Mr Stephenson, your tutors, teaching staff and house team are all here to support you throughout the year.
“Having grown up in the school, the prospect of being in the Sixth Form was always an exciting one. Now in the Lower Sixth, I can really express who I have grown up to be; through working independently, undertaking responsibilities within the school and as a person for the younger girls to look up to.” Kate, L6
Being in Lower Sixth means that you have greater responsibilities within the school community. The following is a breakdown of the leadership structure:
U6 – Heads of Domain (not house specific)
L6 – House Captain and Deputy House Captain
U5 – Heads of Domain
As a House Captain or Deputy House Captain you will be involved in weekly house meetings, inter house events, open mornings, family events in your junior house and house parties and organizing events for closed weekends.
Your role in your junior house will be very fulfilling and throwing yourself into all aspects of your junior house is very important. This will enable you to develop your leadership skills and afford you the opportunity to make a real contribution.