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Academic enrichment

During their time in the sixth form, pupils are encouraged to develop a full and well-rounded academic and co-curricular profile to show that they are much more than just the grades they receive. As well as supporting their own personal development, it also strengthens applications to higher education.

An important part of the pupils’ development in the sixth form is the way in which they respond to opportunities to broaden and enrich their academic experience. Once they have had a chance to experience something of what their A level/IB courses have to offer during the Sixth Form Induction Programme in June, all pupils are also invited to think about how they might construct their individual academic and co-curricular profile.

At the beginning of the A3 year, a workshop on study skills and academic honesty gives you the opportunity to reflect on your work ethic and habits as you embark upon study at a higher level, including how to make best use of the school’s modified Dalton system. If you are studying an A level programme (or if your IB timetable allows) you will also study a short course in each of the three terms of this year in academic disciplines other than those you are pursuing for your examined studies, in order to add further breadth to your programme. A discussion group in the spring term provides a chance to explore and discuss a number of important philosophical questions, and annual events like the Bryanston Business Conference and How to Get Hired seek to inspire creative thinking and entrepreneurship, as well as developing employability skills and a greater awareness of how to manage your digtal identity and online presence. A weekly current affairs talk during the A2 year will expose you to a wide range of issues and perspectives. In addition, the school’s ECA programme offers many other opportunities to engage you outside the classroom and explore new interests, for example, in the creative and performing arts.

Subject departments also play an important role in academic enrichment by organising lectures, trips and by supervising individual research projects, as well as organising societies to bring further breadth and diversity to the programme on offer.