Futures

Made by girls

Sixth Form

Futures Made by Girls: Our Sixth Form in Norwich

In Sixth Form thoughts turn towards the future – about life after school.

But what’s really important is defining what
your future holds, not anybody else’s.

The lives our girls go on to lead are
diverse, rich, exciting and unique.
It’s part of the reason why we don’t place
a huge emphasis on how many of our girls
go to Oxbridge – because not all of them want
to and there are other paths to take.

Our role at Norwich School For Girls Sixth Form is to do everything we can
to help you continue on the path you choose
your role is to work with us to explore it,
enjoy preparing for it, and give as much
as you can to achieving your goals.

“Our Sixth Form really brings the fun factor, and so much warmth in the inclusive and diverse family atmosphere in Lanchester House. The link to the GDST family of schools is such a benefit to our older girls, with a clear pathway towards their future beyond school.”

—Hazel Packer
Director of Sixth Form

Welcome to our Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at Norwich High School is our jewel in the crown and we are incredibly proud of all our Sixth Formers’ academic achievements, as well as their bold ambitions and successes beyond the classroom.

Our SIX+ programme is so-called because we prepare girls exceptionally well for their desired next steps. Our support for individuals with their university preparation is, we are often told, we are the best in Norfolk.

An extensive selection of music, drama and sport opportunities are available to all Sixth Formers, as well as our outstanding Enrichment programme including rewarding creative and community projects.

Why girls only Sixth Form?

If a girl has been equipped with confidence by the age of 16 shouldn’t that be enough?

We would argue not. Evidence suggests the best environment to promote gender equality to age 18 is through teaching boys and girls seperately. An all girls sixth form education only seems artificial if girls are seen as one dimensional and if formal schooling constitutes the totality of their lives. But girls have lives outside school. An all girl Sixth Form is not here to protect girls from the real world, its purpose is to prepare you for it.

All the leadership posts are taken by girls; with so many opportunities to lead or create groups, you will grow and thrive in our Sixth Form, and have the opportunity to make an impact on the whole school.

Belonging to the strong network of the GDST with its alumnae network of over 100,000 ensures there are exciting opportunities for collaboration and mentoring beyond the physical school, which will last long after you leave.

Academic progress

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Pastoral care and wellbeing

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Opportunities beyond the classroom

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“Having moved to this school for Sixth Form, I have been overwhelmed by the opportunities all girls are given to discover, nurture and pursue their passions in the classroom and beyond.”

Sixth Form Student

GDST Sixth Formers are eligible to apply for a range of prizes and scholarships covering everything from gap year travel to celebrating our poets and budding authors. City Socials provide an opportunity for Year 13 students to meet others from across the GDST studying in the same location and to connect with one another ahead of starting university. Our GDST-wide Oxbridge on Track programme offers a residential weekend at an Oxbridge College, experience of subject seminars, support throughout the application process and the chance to meet others following the same path.

For sixth form students interested in making an US college application then you can take part in the GDST American universities preparation workshops providing an overview of the American college system, advice and support throughout the application process and information and top tips on student life across the pond.

Student stories

Nikitha’s story

Having found her voice through being a Form Leader and Year 7 buddy in the Senior School, Nikitha went on to lead the Big Sister team through lockdown and was elected to the role of Deputy Head Girl. Nikitha has also been instrumental in the work of the Biology Inclusion Group who have sought to create a more diverse and inclusive science curriculum this year. With a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others, it was no surprise that Nikitha’s ambitions lie in the service of others. Alongside her A Levels and roles of responsibility in school, she has gained plentiful work experience, including volunteering at C-19 vaccination clinics, to support her application to read Medicine at university.

Caitlin’s story

With a strong interest in theatre, music and the arts in general, Caitlin performed in many school productions and concerts throughout her time in the Senior School, most notably Miss Saigon. In the Sixth Form not only has she continued to make her mark through her own performances such as in ‘100’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’, but she also initiated, organised and compered an online theatre night involving collaborating with pupils from across the school in Lockdown. In her final year, she adapted Alan Bennett’s well known play, and directed performances of The History Girls with a cast of Senior School actors. In addition, Caitlin is the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Ambassador helping to nurture the confidence and skill set of younger pupils. Caitlin is looking forward to studying Theatre at university.

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