A unique educational experience
With more than 300 students we have the critical mass to offer a broad range of academic opportunities, high quality sports teams and an exceptional enrichment programme. However, the Sixth Form is also small enough numerically for every student to be known, respected and supported as an individual.
Our students are a lively and diverse group of people. We have been co-educational for over 15 years and we draw students from a wide range of backgrounds. All new students quickly become integrated into the school community and make strong, lasting friendships.
A reputation for educational excellence
The Sixth Form curriculum is based around A levels and the Pre-U qualification. This is a flexible structure and our students can study up to five subjects. Upper Sixth students now have the opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in a subject of their own choosing. The EPQ has proved to be a tremendous way of learning vital research skills and developing personal academic interests.
Class sizes are small and the teaching is excellent. As a consequence, standards are extremely high: in 2013 our students achieved 94% A and B grades at A level (76% at A* and A grades). For these reasons, the vast majority of our students obtain places at their first choice university and this year thirty of them won places at either Oxford or Cambridge.
Indeed, a recent independent report by the Sutton Trust (2011) placed The Perse thirteenth in a league table of the top 100 schools recording the proportion of higher education applicants accepted at highly selective universities. In that study, over 87% of Perse applicants were given places at the top universities, compared with a national school average of 23.8% and an independent school average of 48.2%.
More than just academic success
Our students develop a range of skills and personal qualities through participation in the school’s sporting programme and enrichment activities. There are some exciting opportunities to study non-curricular subjects, extend cultural or musical interests and participate in a variety of overseas trips. Perse students have recently been trekking in Ladakh, travelling on expeditions to Kenya and working with charity projects in Brazil.
Part of a larger school community
We believe our Sixth Form also benefits greatly from being part of The Upper: our students play an important leadership role as prefects, expedition leaders and sports captains.
We recognise that the transition to Sixth Form life and then university can be a challenging time. In consequence, our pastoral care system, based on close tutorial relationships, is geared to ensure each student’s academic and personal well-being. A dedicated university and careers advisory team within the Sixth Form also provides ongoing support to students throughout the university application process.
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