Over these two crucial years the sixth former will emerge as an individual, accountable for their own actions, capable of self-discipline, happily self-reliant and increasingly self-aware. Many processes will assist this: taking responsibility within one of the Houses for the organisation of events and competitions, the election as a committee member to serve and represent others, the appointment as secretary or captain of a club or team, and selection by the Headmaster to be a prefect.
These are also the years when future citizens learn to be tolerant of others, their views, their idiosyncrasies and their modes of behaviour. The smaller class sets and the style of teaching at Derby Grammar School allow each sixth former to air their views, to discover their beliefs and to come to terms with their feelings.
The Sixth Form provides an opportunity for all students to take a leading role in many of the whole School activities. They organise all the inter-House activities and are responsible for the school's main charity week culminating in the 'Children in Need' Concert which raised over £9000 last year. The students also continue with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to silver and gold level and they can also take part in overseas expeditions as part of World Challenge or GapForce. In addition, Young Enterprise provides a good opportunity to get involved with a 'real business'. The wide range of skills the students gain through these activities equip them well for their future lives.
Students entering the Sixth Form normally opt for four subjects to AS and then carry on with three to A2. In addition, General Studies is taken in the Lower Sixth. The range of subjects ensures a wide curriculum to meet students' strengths and university requirements. The subjects offered are:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sport and PE.
We have an excellent system of support for all our sixth formers, which is intended not just to help a pupil with any difficulties that may arise at Derby Grammar School, but also to help students prepare for life at university and in the work place. The Head of Sixth Form has a team of six tutors and a Higher Education Coordinator to ensure that each student has support and help when needed. Small tutor groups and regular one to one tutorials allow students and form tutors to build an excellent rapport.
Games is seen as an important part of life in the Sixth Form, following a philosophy of maintaining a healthy mind and body. Students are encouraged to further develop their skills in the competitive environment of first team sport, which includes rugby, hockey and cricket. In addition, students who have shown aptitude at KS4 receive expert tuition from coaches at Derby Rowing Club.
Those not involved in representing the School in the three major team sports are given the opportunity to follow their interest in activities that are a little more recreational by making good use of the facilities at Moorways Sports Complex. Such activities include badminton, squash, five a side soccer, softball, aerobics and the gym.
Students can follow their interest in sport on the playing field into the classroom with A level Sport and PE, a popular choice of subject.
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