The Sixth Form is a transformational two years of education where you can specialise in the subjects of your choosing, learn to study more independently and when you start to look towards the future. At PGS we encourage our students to think further than where they will be at 18 years old, but where they aspire to be at 25.
These are the six key reasons why – we believe – PGS offers a uniquely rewarding Sixth Form experience.
#1 More Dedicated
The Sixth Form Centre is an outstanding facility that provides a dedicated space within which Sixth Form pupils can work, develop, socialise and thoroughly enjoy their time here. There is a large café and social area on the ground floor, alongside the Careers and Universities Centre. The first floor houses the Centre’s library and quiet work space, whilst the top floor features state-of-the-art classrooms of mainly sixth form taught subjects.
#2 More Personal
Sixth Form years are an important time of educational and personal transformation – and very much a gateway to university and beyond. With greater independence and self-direction, it’s a time for discovery, expression and growth: an opportunity to explore your potential and what you could achieve. We aim to nurture that individuality as we stimulate curiosity and a genuine love of learning. The Sixth Form experience at PGS is built on giving each pupil the highest levels of personal support, both academic and pastoral.
#3 More Support
Sixth Form is about moving forward: in the way you think, the way you learn and the way you look to the future. There are new challenges and new opportunities in equal measure. Whether you work towards the IB Diploma or A Levels, you will be expected to adopt a much more independent approach to your studies than at GCSE. Within this liberating atmosphere of freedom and responsibility, we will ensure that you have all the support you need to flourish – whether it’s from your Tutor who will take a particular interest in your academic and pastoral development, leading-edge digital learning resources, specialised support for a range or career paths, or expert advice to help you make the right university choice.
#4 More Forward Thinking
At PGS we support our pupils to develop as people too, growing to become more resilient and well-rounded individuals who are confident in themselves and ready to make a positive difference within a changing world. PGS Ignite is at the core of this, providing pupils with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills purposefully. Pupils are encouraged to not only become independent learners but also to become strong digital, verbal and written communicators with a global mindset.
Sixth Form pupils are also encouraged to complete a ‘PGS Extend’ project – an independent piece of research in any field and to have that research supported by a supervisor and assessed by someone with expertise. Completion of a PGS Extend project is the perfect way to demonstrate to universities independence and personal commitment, going far beyond what you learn in the classroom.
#5 More Opportunity
We offer pupils a wide choice of subjects and two different academic routes through Sixth Form. Some opt of A Levels, the UK’s national examination system; others choose the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, an internationally admired programme. Both routes are highly valued by universities and employers alike.
Our highly experienced team will advise you, based on your preferred subject areas and career aspirations. The high level of expert guidance that we provide throughout Sixth Form helps over 90% of our students to secure their university of choice. Last year 19% of all grades at A Level were awarded an A* (against a national average of 8.3%) and 52.6% were A*-A grades. The IB cohort achieved an average points score of more than 37 points compared with a worldwide average of 29 points. Impressively, half the pupils achieved scores of 40 points or more, equivalent to at least A*AA at A Level.
#6 More Happening
The PGS Sixth Form is full of opportunities, enjoyment and challenges. There are many societies and clubs you could be involved with, or perhaps you could organise a charity event, be part of a music or drama performance, or join a sports team. Our links with the local community have always been important – a key part of this is our ‘Social Apprentice’ programme, giving you the opportunity to experience the work of charities and organisations across the city that help disadvantage people in the communities around us.
Walk outside the School Arch and you’ll find yourself in the heart of historic Old Portsmouth. The Solent, the University of Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays, Ben Ainslie Racing HQ and Portsmouth Cathedral are just a few minutes’ walk away. The city is our campus and there many opportunities through learning and charity initiatives to take advantage of our central location.