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.
I believe King’s College Taunton is an excellent place to spend the Sixth Form years. It has 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.
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.
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.