The Sixth Form experience is rightly described as the best that education has to offer. A greater freedom, combined with the studying of subjects that you genuinely enjoy, in smaller classes and with more adult relationships with teachers and tutors all make for an exceptionally fulfilling and hugely rewarding time. To have the opportunity to do all this at a place as lively and as aspirational as PGS is to make that experience unforgettable.
The Sixth Form years are very much a gateway to university and beyond – a time too for individuals to equip themselves with those vital life skills, balancing independence and responsibility alongside the need to prioritise effectively to meet deadlines and other expectations. The vibrant nature of PGS means that as well as academic opportunities to rival the best in the country, a whole range of other exciting and enriching ones exist too. There’s sport, music, the arts, drama, tours, trips and visits or societies and clubs organised by Sixth Formers themselves.
At this stage of your education you will also value the high level of pastoral and academic support available in the PGS Sixth Form. Whether by ensuring the smoothness of the transition from Year 11 to the Sixth Form, in managing the shift towards a more independent style of working, or in making use of the extensive university and careers advice available, PGS provides an environment in which Sixth Formers feel supported and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
To view the Sixth Form Prospectus please see below.
Following a careful review, it is with regret that we have taken the decision that from September 2021, PGS will no longer offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) to pupils entering the Sixth Form.
We are proud of all those pupils who have so successfully completed their IB Diploma at PGS, and the teachers who have supported them in doing so. In consequence, the decision to discontinue the IB has not been taken lightly and reflects the low proportion of our pupils opting for the course within the Sixth Form.
PGS remains committed to providing broad, challenging and internationally-minded educational opportunities for all its pupils. From 2020, PGS will be offering a new, broader Sixth Form curriculum, which places strong emphasis on academic challenge and enrichment, combined with personal development. We believe that this incorporates much of what makes the IB Diploma special, and we will be consulting with staff, pupils and parents to ensure that, going forwards, we include as many of the valued qualities of the IB programme as we can within our future curriculum offer.
In our 2020 Sixth Form A Level curriculum, all pupils will be able to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which may be essay-based, creative or practical. They will have access to a wide range of taught academic enrichment courses, to extend their learning beyond their core subjects, through the Ignite! programme. They may choose from a broad range of community partnership projects and workplace experience; they will receive coaching in study skills and critical thinking skills; and they may participate in enriched opportunities for leadership development. We are also extending the Pastoral Curriculum, which is currently taught in Years 7-11, into the Sixth Form, to support pupils as they move towards the world beyond PGS. Likewise, the assistance we offer pupils in preparing for applying to universities, to other higher education pathways such as apprenticeships, and to their chosen career, remains a key priority. From September 2019, Computer Science has been available as an A Level subject, and we will continue to review the range of subjects on offer at PGS for the future.
Throughout the school as a whole, we remain committed to the development of the individual and to nurturing the core skills and qualities that will enable our pupils to flourish in school and in the world beyond. We are currently working to crystallise the core qualities and attributes which we feel are central to the development of the PGS pupil; these will underpin all our endeavours both inside and outside the classroom.