Life in Sixth Form
The core of the Sixth Form facilities and teaching is the Bungalow Block. Within the building are study rooms for up to 30 pupils – which are supervised at all times, teaching rooms for Languages, Maths and Humanities, a Drama studio, library, plus relaxation facilities for 6th Form students, including kitchen, lounge, garden and conservatory. Science and IT teaching for the Sixth Form take place in the main school buildings.
The Bungalow Block has been recently modernized and extended, enabling us to increase the capacity of the Sixth Form, whilst at the same time retaining a controlled and friendly, family atmosphere. Students are monitored in the designated Sixth Form area, ensuring they set study timetables, guarantee attendance, and establish an effective working atmosphere.
All pupils are required to attend a number of study periods per week (the actual amount depends upon lesson load), and within these periods, checks are made on work completed and homework due. For our science orientated pupils we have recently upgraded our Biology, Chemistry and Physics Labs. The improved facilities seem to be suiting our Sixth Formers, with 9 of this year’s group having offers to study medicine dentistry and veterinary science. We also have a separate Music Block where pupils are able to practice playing instruments, and where music is taught.
There is life beyond academic study, and we strive to ensure that our A Level students are able to extend their range of activities and interests during their time at St. Michaels. Activities available include:
Orchestra, the school orchestra practices after school twice a week. A number of performances are arranged each year including, the Christmas Carol service, the Easter Concert, and a Summer Artistic Event.
Duke of Edinburgh and activity/team building days, we of course participate in this important Youth challenge, with a number of groups involved each year, the school now offers Silver and Gold Awards.
The school has senior rugby and football teams and training takes place at a lunchtime or one night after school. When possible, we arrange after school fixtures.
A number of drama groups operate within the school, with the opportunity of input into the Easter concert, practical exam and performances at the Summer Artistic Event.
Other activities include Dance Groups, French Language Trips, Skiing Holiday, Geography Field Trips to Iceland and Italy, Business and Economic Competitions leading to London Finals, Business and Economics Study Tours to France and Spain, Politics Trips to WAG and London, Theatre Trips and Art Gallery visits.
Sixth formers make up the bulk of the charity committee and are involved in arranging a variety of charitable events each year. Events have included singing and music marathons, discos, walks, and fashion shows.
The school Christmas Ball is the time for party dresses, and seeing how badly the teachers dance. The Ball is always held in an exclusive venue. Students arrive in style in a limo, eat well and dance the night away to live music.
Both the School Magazine and Summer Fayre, also depend on the work of Lower 6th pupils. The look, style and content is completely in their hands, great experience for those wishing to pursue careers in literary and design fields.