Sixth Form Life
Students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to participate in a fantastic range of activities beyond the curriculum. From the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to debating, sport and trips home and abroad, members of the Sixth Form take a leading role. Students are expected to participate in at least one activity, but the majority will participate in many. The Herts & Essex Sixth Form opens doors to new possibilities.
Students may undertake the Gold Arts Award in the Sixth Form which allows them to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects of the Arts. From photography to musical theatre, students will create a portfolio that demonstrates creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. It is also a UCAS recognised qualification.
Sixth Form students at Herts & Essex run the whole school charity events through Interact, the student run, Rotary supported, charity committee. Meetings take place in school on a regular basis with a member of Rotary always present. The Committee is self-governed and self-supported and works to support local, national and international charities. Sixth Formers who get involved with Interact develop leadership, personal integrity, helpfulness and a respect for others. Each year our committee raises over approximately £15,000 for the chosen charities.
There is a range of theatrical opportunities at Herts & Essex. From performing in large scale productions to getting involved behind the scenes, working on lighting, costumes, make-up or sound, Sixth Form students take the lead in school productions.
Our debating sessions enhance students' ability to communicate their ideas in a clear and coherent manner. It develops the students' ability to both think ahead and on their feet, as well as enhancing skills of analysis, speaking in public, time management, organisation and commitment. It is a highly regarded skill and students may choose to be involved in Model United Nations, Mock Bar Trials or Youth Speaks.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
This is an extremely popular option, with many students progressing to Silver or Gold Awards in their time in the Sixth Form. Expeditions are to the Peak District or Yorkshire Dales. Gold Award students also help Bronze and Silver students with their planning and expeditions.
This programme has been designed to support and guide those students who are planning to apply for the most competitive courses at the most competitive universities. This includes Oxbridge preparation as well as support for those looking to read Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Science. Work experience, lectures, summer schools such as The Sutton Trust and UNIQ, and mock interviews are just a few aspects of the programme.
Alongside the leadership skills developed through the other enrichment activities available, Herts & Essex offers more traditional leadership positions. Many students will become Senior Prefects or Prefects as well as House Captains. They are responsible for leading an area of the school, such as Sustainability, Public Relations, Creative Arts and Enrichment. House Captains organise and lead their houses through inter-house competitions, House Assemblies and Sports Day. As a result students will leave the Sixth Form with the range of skills desired by universities and employers.
Herts & Essex produces a number of concerts throughout the year to showcase the students' talents. All styles of music are encouraged including a full orchestra, Jazz Band and steelpans, alongside many other ensembles and choirs.
If sport is a passion then there are opportunities for Sixth Formers to play either recreationally or competitively. Previous activities have included the boys competing in District Football and the National Rugby 7s at Rosslyn Park, whilst opportunities for the girls have included netball and hockey. The Sixth Form also offers indoor rowing, basketball, table tennis and badminton amongst other recreational sports and swimming.
As a Science College, Herts & Essex students are immersed in the world of science and the opportunities that it offers. The SHAPESOC allows students to explore science and healthcare issues beyond the conventional curriculum, encouraging debate and further understanding of scientific issues. From medical ethics to lectures delivered by our experienced specialist teachers, students cannot fail to enhance their awareness of scientific issues and development, as well as have support in preparing for BMAT and UKCAT test papers and healthcare interviews.