The Sixth Form has a calm, friendly, purposeful atmosphere in which everyone can pursue their talents to the full knowing that, when the time comes, they have the underpinning academic excellence and support to apply to the very best universities in the world. There’s more freedom and the chance to take up new challenges to lead clubs and societies in the Sixth Form. Outside of lessons students get involved in all sorts of sports – team games as well as individual sports. There are musical and drama productions each term, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, charity projects, dance classes, trips abroad, photography...
Sixth Form students play leading roles in all these activities and many more. To support this we have developed a Sixth Form Passport, unique to Sidcot. As part of the programme we encourage our senior students to develop their skills in the areas of independent learning, leadership, service to others and intellectual enquiry.
Sixth Formers are also offered the opportunity to visit Tanzania for two weeks based in an international boarding school in Moshi. As well as going on safari and trekking on Little Meru, students are involved with community service: four days working in a local primary school helping to build and renovate; tree planting on slopes of Kilimanjaro and taking essential supplies to an orphanage in Moshi. Working alongside local people gives students an appreciation of a completely different culture in a developing country.
Unusually for a school of Sidcot’s size, both the International Baccalaureate and A Levels are on offer. The ethos of the IB, with its broad curriculum and emphasis on study skills, community service and internationalism fits well with our Quaker values.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
The International Baccalaureate was originally launched in 1968 and now involves some 80,000 students studying in 125 countries. It is highly regarded internationally and recognised by all UK universities and universities across the world.
Students study six subjects: three at higher level and three at standard level, with the organisation of subject choices ensuring that they maintain a breadth of study across English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages and Arts.
In addition to the chosen subjects students follow the core elements of the Diploma that includes a course in the Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and a programme of Creativity Action Service (CAS), where students participate in creative, physical and service activities.
IB Subjects offered
Group 1: English (including world literature), German A (including language and literature) Italian A
Group 2: Second Language – Modern Languages (German B, Spanish B, French B) Spanish ab initio (for beginners); Italian ab initio (for beginners)
Group 3: Economics, History, Geography, Psychology
Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5: Mathematics and Mathematical Studies
Group 6: Music, Visual Arts, Drama
(Subjects may be added and vary from year to year according to demand. Group A for native or near native speakers, Group B as a second language).
A Level is a two year pre-university programme giving students the opportunity to specialise and study the subjects that lead them to their chosen degree at university. Students normally follow four subjects at AS Level (first year) and then continue with three subjects in their A2 year.
A Level subjects offered
Art & Design
Drama & Theatre Studies