The most striking thing about the Sixth Form at Solihull is just what a busy place it is; we pride ourselves on offering so much more than the standard A Level curriculum and this is evident in the lives of our students which are packed with a huge breadth of interests and activities. Whilst most independent schools make a similar claim, very few deliver it to such an extent.
On top of a multitude of sporting, musical and theatrical opportunities, the school offers Sixth Formers a number of timetabled ‘Enrichment’ options. These take up two to three periods per week and include a large selection of activities varying from creating our Politics magazine and debating, through to sports coaching or Mandarin (more details can be found under in the Enrichment section). Throughout the year we also have a selection of visiting speakers including academics and celebrities, who broaden Sixth Formers’ horizons beyond the curriculum. A number of further activities are offered after school which encourage Sixth Formers to take a leading role, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force.
Part of the reason for offering so much outside of the standard curriculum is to prepare our students for life after Solihull by developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Another important part of this preparation is ensuring that our students attain sound advice about their potential careers and indeed their university choices. For this purpose we have an experienced full-time careers and universities team who are on hand to steer our students in the right direction and to offer timely advice when they need it.
However Sixth Form life here is not just about developing skills; it is about building happiness, confidence and a sense of belonging. Around 20% of students joining the Sixth Form did not attend our Senior School, and the diversity of our student population make it an easy and open environment to fit in with new friendship groups. A great deal of pastoral support is also offered in the Sixth Form; the form tutor acts as the daily point of contact for students, whilst Heads of Year, The Head of Sixth Form and the Deputy Head of Sixth Form all offer additional support and contact for students. Students are treated as young adults both inside and outside of the classroom and are encouraged to work independently, and lead the student body in multiple ways.
Ultimately it must be remembered that a school is an academic institution and students join the Sixth Form at Solihull in order to fulfil their academic potential. Once again this year A Level results hit 80% A*-B grades, a testimony to the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place, and the academic culture that pervades the Sixth Form.
Whether you are thinking about joining our Sixth Form for the academics, the co-curricular opportunities or just for a fresh start, our Sixth Form team will be happy to talk to you.
Subject scholarships, co-curricular scholarships and Bursaries are also available in our Sixth Form.
If you're interested in learning more about our Sixth Form, download our Choices booklet below or talk to our Admissions Registrar Mrs Nicolette Mullan on 0121 705 4273, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.