The journey for Ruislip High School Sixth Form began when the school’s first ever cohort began their A-level study in September 2011. The Sixth Form is now well established and fosters independence whilst providing the support necessary to ensure that all students reach their potential. There are three key principles at the core of the Sixth Form experience at Ruislip High School: academic excellence, individualised pastoral care and significant extracurricular opportunities.
At the centre of the academic experience for students is the excellent teaching that is seen throughout the school. Students are taught by dedicated and inspiring teachers who are all trained to teach the subject they deliver in the Sixth Form.They are additionally supported by a specialised Learning Mentor to assist with the demands of sixth form study.
Students in the Sixth Form also receive outstanding pastoral support through a team of specially-trained tutors who support them with their examinations and research skills and prepare them for university and employment. In Year 12, for example, there is an entire week dedicated to supporting students in their university applications and career choices after Ruislip High School. In Year 13, every student receives specialist help in writing and editing their personal statements. As a result, Year 13 students have been successful in a range of university applications to Oxford and Cambridge to study subjects including Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, and Geography. Additionally, Year 13 students have been successful in applying to study Medicine at a range of UK universities.
Finally the school recognises that an excellent Sixth Form education is based on more than A-level grades alone, and we offer excellent extra-curricular opportunities for all students. Students in Year 12 are expected to complete twenty-four hours of volunteering and enrichment time and they will have a wide range of activities to choose from, including sport and debating. The sixth form runs a successful guest speaker programme, which has included the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UK diplomat to North Korea, Sir Richard Hoare, and many more.
Students are also invited to work with the lower year groups and our Sixth Form students provide invaluable support and encouragement to the rest of the school. There is a varied range of Sixth Form trips on offer, from one-day visits to London, including the Houses of Parliament or the Institute of Physics, and more substantial international trips such as a visit to the Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. We also offer a biannual trip to New York City and Washington D.C. which involves collaboration across subjects. In March 2018, Ruislip High School sent their first delegates to the Model United Nations General Assembly in New York; this trip will be offered to students again in March 2020.
In 2020, the school will be opening a new wing which will include a new Sixth Form centre, right in the heart of the school. This is an exciting time for the Sixth Form and will further improve the facilities our Sixth Formers have available to them.
We are very proud of the experience students have in the Sixth Form and aim to ensure they fulfil their academic potential as well as experience opportunities which will equip them for their future lives.