Sixth Form - Academic
The students' enthusiasm and enjoyment of learning is a highly significant strength of the school
LRGS is one of the country's top state grammar schools and the Sixth Form offers a challenging academic programme to boys who want to study their A-levels in depth and with real interest. We offer a broad and balanced range of subject options including several subjects (Economics, Business & Management, Philosophy) which are new to LRGS at Sixth Form level, not taken as GCSEs.
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Curriculum changes at Sixth Form
Current Year 11 boys will only sit AS levels if they are taking Maths or Technology, as all other subjects will have moved to the new, two-year linear model, only examined at the end of the Upper Sixth.
Boys should choose three subjects and give some thought to the other things they will need to do in the Lower Sixth year - some independent research, maybe an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), work experience, essay and other academic competitions, extra-curricular activites they can learn from, MOOCS (on-line courses), volunteering, mentoring and positions of responsibility within the school and the like. If they can manage all this and wish also to take a fourth A level, that will be possible, but we would not recommend such a heavy load for anyone who does not manage at least five A* grades at GCSE.
LRGS offers a broad and balanced range of subject choices which should enable any student to choose an interesting curriculum which he will enjoy and which will equip him for any university courses of interest to him. We currently offer A-levels and Cambridge Pre-U qualifications. GNVQs and other qualifications are not part of our curriculum. Subjects offered are:
- Business & Management (Cambridge Pre-U)
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- English Literature (Cambridge Pre-U)
- Further Maths
- Philosophy (Cambridge Pre-U)
- Physical Education
Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an additional qualification that Sixth Form students can take at LRGS. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and to stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points, being worth the equivalent of half an A-level. At LRGS we encourage students to study the EPQ as part of an enrichment of their academic programme, particularly if they intend to apply to demanding universities that will expect applicants to have done substantial work beyond their A-levels.
In order to apply for the EPQ at the start of your Lower Sixth year you should have a topic in mind that you want to investigate and the desire to explore it in depth and to a level that goes beyond your A-levels. It should require you to look at demanding academic literature, possibly running your own primary research or delivering a practical outcome such as a sculpture, computer code or various other technical or artistic artefacts. The EPQ is an excellent way of stretching your knowledge and understanding of an area that you feel passionately about and to show your ambition to study at a higher level and with more independence.
Academic Overview from a Sixth Form Student
The Sixth Form at LRGS offers an opportunity to study subjects in more detail which can be both challenging and rewarding.
The weekly timetable is divided into 35 periods, each 40/45 minutes, with the school day beginning at 8:50 and ending at 3:30. After a form period or year group assembly, there are three periods before a 20-minute break from 11:20 to 11:40. There are then two periods before lunch, from 1:05 to 2:05, after which there are a final two periods in the afternoon. For each subject there are 13 lessons a fortnight (because the timetable operates on a Week A, Week B system) giving you four hours 20 minutes of teaching each week.
All the teachers know their subjects inside out and the set sizes (on average from 8-20 students per class) are ideal for learning. On top of lesson time, the fortnightly timetable gives you eight study periods, which are invaluable to get homework done. The Sixth Form Centre, Library, Economics and Business study area, Science Resources Library and three computer rooms are available for use. If you drop a subject at the end of Lower Sixth you can use the time as study periods.
Once a week there is a Tutor Period with your form teacher. As well as football, rugby, rowing, cross country, fitness, badminton, table tennis, hockey and athletics, mountain biking and cricket in the summer you can choose to do sport offsite, which you are responsible for organising yourself.
Academically, the Sixth Form courses at LRGS are stretching, but if you are ready to work hard and be organised then you should achieve an excellent set of results at A-level and be prepared to meet the requirements of the wider world once you leave.