Frequently asked Questions

How many girls join College in SFC1?

In an average year between 40-45 girls join College; unsurprisingly competition for these places is fierce.

How many girls leave College after GCSE?

Not many: usually around a dozen or so. This might be for a variety of reasons.

How easy is it for girls to settle in?

In the Sixth Form settling in is made easier by the fact that all girls move to new houses after GCSE; in this way, established house groupings change in the Sixth From as every girl is starting in a new house with new staff and girls.

Should my daughter do IB or A Level?

This is question that is asked frequently and there is no simple answer. First of all, universities understand and respect both qualifications – there is no advantage in doing one over the other and our university offers bear this out.

Essentially it comes down to whether a girl likes the breadth of the IB and the global perspective which it offers or whether they wish to specialise in a specific area of interest in the Sixth Form. Both qualifications are excellent preparation for a wide range of vocational and non-vocational courses. It really needs to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Who makes a good IB student?

Typically a good IB student is interested and open minded in their outlook and would prefer a more holistic approach to their Sixth Form study. It helps if they are well-organised and self-disciplined as there is an emphasis on independent study. They should also be interested in gaining a global perspective through their studies.

What do girls do if they don’t know what they want to study at university or do for a career?

Fortunately at College we have an excellent Professional Guidance Centre (PGC) which, besides its Head who advises on all aspects of post-College opportunities, has a Higher Education Manager, Careers and Work Experience Manager, US University Adviser and a dedicated member of staff who supports girls with interview technique. Through these advisers girls benefit from individual tailored advice on higher education and careers based on their interests and abilities.

What support are girls given regarding university applications?

At the end of SFC1 girls are given subject mentors who advise them on their personal statements in conjunction with their tutors and advise on wide reading. Girls are given advice on their personal statements by their tutors, subject mentors and the Head of Sixth Form.

Departments run University Classes, helping girls to broaden their subject knowledge beyond the confines of the syllabus and to prepare those expecting interviews through suggested wider reading. The PGC offers an Interview Preparation Club to give girls interview practise. Girls who expect to be interviewed also have mock interviews conducted by external interviewers.

How is the Sixth Form different to Lower College and Upper College?

Sixth Form houses are very different to junior houses, with girls allowed more freedom. The vast majority of sixth-formers have their own rooms in houses, which offers them the challenge of managing their time and workload effectively. Girls are allowed into town on either Friday or Saturday nights and are at liberty to take ‘floating exeats’ at weekends, allowing them to visit friends or return home after school on Saturday mornings. Lessons are different too, with more emphasis placed on discussion and independent research.

Unlike lower down the College, Sixth Former girls will find periods during the day where they don’t have a timetabled lesson: these study periods offer girls the opportunity to work independently in the Library or to undertake research for lessons. Most girls who have attended College from eleven or thirteen find the Sixth Form a very different and refreshing environment, providing a bridge between the structure and discipline of school life and the independence of university life.