Studying at KSA Sixth Form

Studying at KSA Sixth Form

A small, supportive, ambitious community

Our Sixth Form, like the rest of the school, is built around the school’s values of Aim High, Work Together, Be Kind and Lead the Way. We fulfill these values by having five key pillars that our sixth form is built around:

  1. Academic excellence – our education must be the best. We aim for our students to go to top universities and apprenticeships and so grades we all strive for must allow this to happen.
  2. Subject passion – we know good grades come from hard work but also loving your subjects. The best students immerse themselves in their learning which naturally takes them beyond the curriculum. Our teaching, pre-work and homework and wider opportunities all inspire students to develop this passion.
  3. University readiness – we reflect the school’s mission ‘to prepare students for success at university and beyond’. We talk about university from day one and our curriculum and pastoral time are all aimed at making students great UCAS applicants and ready to feel at home on any university campus. Our advisory curriculum dedicates two hours per week as time to prepare for university.
  4. Leveraging London – we face the challenges but also the amazing opportunities that being a school in central London brings. We expect our students to travel to lectures, exhibitions, materclasses, tutorials and museums across London and promote these opportunities on a weekly basis.
  5. Leading the community – we tell our sixth formers that the difference between them and the rest of the school is that they need to be always ready to lead. Sixth form is not just about taking opportunities, but creating them for others and helping our community – both in and out school – be as strong as possible.

We are a purposefully small sixth form 60-70 students in each year group. This allows us to provide every student with a personalised and supportive experience. At KSA Sixth Form you will feel close to your teachers, form tutor and see sixth form leaders, the Head of Careers and your peers on a daily basis. You will also be part of a close-knit student community where you will get to know everyone quickly and feel able to be central part of the sixth form. Our size also means that you will have lots of opportunities made available to you and we can provide transformational residential visits to the UK countryside in the summer term and a European City trip in February.

A varied timetable

Within your week at KSA sixth form you will have five, 55 minute lessons in each subject – giving you as much as time as possible to receive excellent teaching in your subject. When not in lessons we commit to providing a silent independent

study area for students to complete their large amounts of study outside of the classroom. Each week there is also:

  • Supervised independent study in a dedicated study space supervised by a sixth form teacher
  • Two hours of Advisory which primarily focuses on university and careers, including applying to UCAS and apprenticeships. In addition, there are guest speakers, class debates, assessment reflection and PSHE and current affairs lessons.
  • Thursday afternoon enrichment which currently includes: football, running club, debating, documentary society, coding with Imperial College, Gold Duke of Edinburgh, current affairs society, prom committee and optional additional study.
  • Two hours of additional qualification. This is directed lesson time to allow students to complete one of the following amazing qualifications: Core Maths, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Sports Leaders Award. All students will follow one of these qualifications in Year 12.
  • 3-4pm every day is a time when students can join additional study time after school either in the sixth form homework catch-up and detention room or in a session run by teachers or a student-run study room from HT4.

Being in an all-through school

Our school is home to students from Nursery all the way through to Year 13. This means you will have the exciting opportunity to join a community of students of all ages. For our sixth formers this means that there are volunteering and leadership opportunities across the school, many of which can be used to prepare for applications to universities and careers. Our sixth formers are the most senior students in the school and as such are the role models and leaders of our community.

Studying in Central London

Working so close to UCL, Imperial, King’s College, Birkbeck, LSE, SOAS and Queen Mary University allow us to access opportunities at the world’s leading universities. Many of our students attend extended programmes, summer schools or one-off lectures and events at these institutions. We also use our location to go on various subject trips to the wide variety of events happening in London on a weekly basis.