Sixth Form at King's College
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“Both academically and personally, King's College was a life changing experience. By the end of my time there, I had taken a big step forward in becoming independent and well-rounded. Also, I made good friends along the way. With regard to academics, I achieved my main aim – gaining admission to a world class university (Cornell).”
- Former Sixth Form pupil (from overseas)
“We are all so pleased with the whole experience that our boys have received at King's. We recall our first visit being hosted by some sixth formers and agreeing we should be most happy if our boys matured into such well-rounded, caring and capable young adults.”
- Parents of a current and a former pupil
Sixth Form Years
In my view, the Sixth Form years are the most exciting period in a person’s education. Students are studying subjects of their choice for the first time, and they are studying these subjects to a greater depth. Students can follow their own lines of thought while working closely with teachers and peers. There is no other time when there is so much potential for being influenced by new ideas. Often students arrive with one career in mind and leave with a completely different plan, having been inspired by an experience or a person at school.
Oliver Ridley, Head of Sixth Form
King’s College Taunton is an excellent place to spend the Sixth Form years, in and out of the classroom. We have inspirational teachers, who are experts in their field, love their subject and are committed to their students. Classes are small and there are voluntary drop-in clinics for students who want some individual attention. There is a well-stocked academic library. Students study A levels, which we believe offer the right balance between specialisation and depth, and are the best path to university entry. King’s students meet their personal tutor, who they have chosen themselves, on a weekly basis for pastoral and academic support.
King’s offers Sixth Formers a fantastic social experience. Students, whether boarders or day students, are allocated to a house, where they have a study. This is the basis of their social life. However, the extensive programme of activities and sports and the Sixth Form social club all provide opportunities for meeting new and interesting people. The end of the two years is marked by the Leavers’ Ball, a truly magnificent occasion organised by a committee of leavers.
Work in the Sixth Form is academically rigorous and we set high expectations for all our A level students. We teach traditional subjects in small classes of roughly between 12 to 16. Our teachers are well qualified specialists, enthusiastic and dedicated to promoting excellence within their subjects.
We place an emphasis on independent learning, while providing close support for students' encouragement. This independence is developed in class, by tutors and by a study skills programme. We believe in moving beyond the boundaries of the prescribed a level syllabus.
Sixth Form students choose their own tutors to support them through two challenging and exciting years of study. The tutor will act as academic advisor and will help with UCAS applications, career guidance and will be a main point of contact for all pastoral and academic concerns.
“Pupils are successful at gaining places at highly competitive universities and for challenging courses.”
- ISI Inspection Report 2018
There is a significant programme of academic activities outside the classroom, which brings greater breadth and depth to work inside it. Sixth Formers are encouraged to choose an extended project (EPQ) to increase their enjoyment of the subjects and to enhance their university application. In addition there is a programme of academic activities and events to stretch and widen the horizons of ambitious candidates and academic high-flyers. All enthusiasms are catered for by departmental societies, speakers and events.
At A level students usually choose to study three subjects, but some take four. Careful advice is given from the outset to ensure that choices match the requirements of popular courses at prestigious universities and suit the individual in question. Students are encouraged to take the extended project in addition to their three main A levels.
Subjects: Art, Biology, Business & Economics, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Personal Social and Health Education, Philosophy and Religion, BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.
University and Careers Support
We have an excellent programme of careers and UCAS application support and guidance. Detailed, speciﬁc advice in the Sixth Form ensures that you make wise and appropriate choices about your future.
A carousel of weekly meetings informs your decisions. We have an excellent record of students achieving places at institutions of their choice. Guidance is provided from the initial selection of a level choices right through to possible changes of direction after the final results come out.
Our Head of Careers ensures a regular programme of activity and support is in place, including Career Breakfasts that give students the opportunity to listen to people from different professions and to explore their options and interests in more depth.
Inside and Outside of the Classroom
Students play a wide range of sports, take part in plays and perform in diverse musical groups, with further opportunities to gain leadership skills in the school’s CCF section and travel the world on academic and sports excursions.
We are keen that pupils who leave our Sixth Form should be well prepared for university and life beyond. We have an extensive life-skills programme, which includes Leiths cookery, wine tasting and other domestic arts, finances, etiquette and public speaking. Senior pupils are invited to alumni events where they often make very useful professional contacts and arrange holiday work-placements.
The majority of King’s students go into UK higher education, and universities seem keen to recruit from the school. Each year students access the most desirable courses at the most desirable universities. Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, the London School of Economics, Durham and other Russell Group universities are well represented within the broad range of institutions to which students go. Although it remains a small group, some King’s students move on to American and European universities.