Blog: 25th September – A Focus on the Sixth Form

If you’re wondering what to read this weekend, then you may take some inspiration from the books being used by our Year 13 English Literature students in their coursework which include ‘1984’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, ‘The Bell Jar’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘We Need to talk about Kevin’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ They’re also getting to grips with Act 1 of Hamlet and studying the poem ‘Ode to a Grayson Perry Urn’, exploring themes of classism, youth and societal problems as well as wondering what future generations will think of our legacy.

Year 13 Psychologists have been exploring connections between approaches in Psychology whilst, in Year 12, they’ve been looking at how Psychologists test their theories and collect data. Staying on the data theme, Year 12 Geographers have been exploring the possibility of a statistical relationship between wind speed and wave height using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient whilst Year 13 Geographers have been using their individual data collection collected over the Summer holidays, at a variety of locations, to write up their independent fieldwork investigations. They’ve also been looking at the impact of urban regeneration schemes whilst Year 12 have been looking to the future considering deciduous woodland as an important and threatened ecosystem in the UK.

Following in the steps of Columbus, Year 13 Historians are starting to explore 16th Century Spain for their NEA (Non-examined assessment).

As with other year groups, Mental Health and Wellbeing is the focus in Sixth Form PSHE and Year 13 are putting together their UCAS personal statements, capturing all of the things that they’ve achieved and outlining how they could make a difference to their university of choice. Putting himself in a very strong position is Harvey in Year 13 who, having been made Deputy Head Student this week, also received his UCAT score putting him in the top 10% of students in the country. The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools. Our congratulations go to him.

At this time of year, the Sixth Form are usually busy preparing for the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee morning’ to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. As that isn’t possible this year, instead, we’re going to donate and enjoy a nice cup of coffee (or tea) and cake over the weekend. Look out for the photos on the website.

In sporting news, lower down the school, our congratulations go to Izzy in Year 10 who, over the Summer, represented Boroughbridge High School at the Schools’ Finals at the British Showjumping National Championships at Bolesworth, gaining 6th place in the 1m class and 3rd place in the 1m 10.

Have a lovely weekend!