As the scaffolding and support mechanisms are gently removed, our Sixth Form marks a transitional phase between school and university, and the boys’ future careers. With the subject specialism of smaller classes and seminar-style teaching, and with an eye firmly focused on the world beyond our gates, we equip our boys with the skills which they will need in the future: critical and creative thinking, negotiation and problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork. Business and enterprise initiatives and leadership opportunities abound as we encourage the boys to take increasing control and responsibility, many of which involve interaction with local girls’ schools.
Our approach is underpinned by a deep commitment to providing our boys with foundations for the future, preparing them not only for university but for life. Our leavers, almost without exception, go on to study at the very best institutions in higher education: Cambridge, Oxford, other leading Russell Group universities, Ivy League as well as the top medical schools. Comprehensive, individually tailored advice supports them through each stage of the university application process, to allow them to make informed, objective choices about their futures. Equally, support is provided for those who wish to pursue direct entry to employment or to follow the degree apprenticeship pathway.
RGS students are attractive to top universities. Besides being renowned for achieving strong results, they have a reputation for personal integrity, maturity and independence, flexibility and curiosity, and a genuine pride in every aspect of their performance. Our boys leave the RGS with appropriate self-confidence, self-discipline and a deep sense of personal and social responsibility: ready to make a profound impact upon the world, whatever it may look like.
Sixth Form Experience
Our Sixth Form provides increasing independence as our boys make the transition between school and university. Our Sixth Form students wear business suits, have their own bespoke facilities, take an increasingly significant role as leaders of our community, and enjoy the independence, respect and freedom which is natural for young men at this stage of their education.
In the Sixth Form, each student is placed in a tutor group of approximately twelve students for the two-year period. As the students take increasing responsibility for their own development, so the tutor plays a vital role in supporting, advising and ensuring that each tutee makes the most of every opportunity afforded by the Sixth Form at the RGS and that each tutee fulfils his potential. In essence, the tutor’s main role is firstly to ensure a smooth transition into the Sixth Form and then to encourage the academic progress and wider development of the students in their charge.
The Sixth Form Centre provides a purpose-built facility for all members of the Sixth Form. The Centre is open from early in the morning to late in the afternoon and the students have a locker area, a work area, a computer room and a relaxing common room with daily newspapers and magazines. Students also have access to a range of facilities throughout the School for use during the School day; these include the Mallison Library, the Careers Library, the Computer Rooms, the Study Area or the Language Lab.