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Sixth Form blog


march 2017 

I've spent a wonderful afternoon on Friday with a group of Sixth Formers in Admiralty House, Whitehall.  Students from Years 12 and 13 participated in the Spending Challenge, working in teams, mentored by current civil servants, to represent differing government departments negotiating their departmental budgets with HM Treasury. Students got to grips with the complexity of budgetary decisions, with some students arguing the case for support for their department initiatives and others judging as Chancellor what to fund and what to cut. This inspiring afternoon was topped off by a surprise visit to 10 Downing Street and some time round the cabinet table in the cabinet room! Thank you to Mrs Cannon for organising the trip - it was amazing!


There is a real buzz around Coombe Sixth Form this week. Not only are students looking forward to a week’s holiday, the first UCAS applications have been sent off and it’s RAG (Raise and Give) Launch Week! 

Yesterday, students represented charities in the selection process for this year’s RAG charity. The vote was won by The Children’s Trust, based in Tadworth. Head Girl, Shahd, had visited the charity’s residential centre and convinced students to donate all money raised this year to the charity’s work supporting children with brain injury. Fundraising events this week have all been organised by students. We have had a good humoured sponge the teacher, as well as a Year 12 vs Year 13 football match (won by Year 13), a Senior team vs staff Netball match (won convincingly by the students), a staff coffee morning and a RAG fair for sixth formers. It is great to see lots of students involved and having fun. 

Alongside all this jollity, Year 13 students are dedicating time and energy to perfecting their UCAS applications. The support system at Coombe is extensive and every application is checked numerous times so that the highest quality application goes to the universities. It is inspiring to read of students’ achievements, academically and in terms of the activities they have engaged in to further their knowledge of future courses and careers. 

Year 12 students are coming to the end of their first half term and we have very much enjoyed getting to know them more and more. They have made a very positive start and data reported by their teachers suggests they are already on course for great results. 

As we finish for half term, I am surrounded by messages for students reminding them of all the opportunities on offer to them: the trip to Iceland, Gym and Dance rehearsals, EPQ presentations, Basketball league match, Oxbridge preparation and a presentation by Channel 4’s political editor, Gary Gibbon. With so much going on, it’s no wonder we’re looking forward to inviting students new to the Coombe secondary schools to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 9th November at 6.30 in the main hall at Coombe Girls’ School.  

may 2016

This month, everyone is working particularly hard in Coombe Sixth Form. Students studying BTECs continue to hone their final assignments, looking to exceed last year’s results when 83% of the cohort achieved Distinction or Distinction* (equivalent to A/A*). Students on A Levels are focused on revision as the exams approach.

Today is the last day in our sixth form block for Year 13 students at Clarence Avenue.  Year 12 exams start in earnest on Monday and the sixth form moves to an alternative base in the school for the duration. Yesterday, we took the final year group photo and students are collecting signatures and photos by which to remember their time in our sixth form. It’s a poignant day, but also so exciting – you can sense the excitement of the students as their plans for next year come ever closer. The Year 13 graduation event last week was a lovely way to celebrate their achievements but also their great personalities and friendships. Once the exams are all over, we look forward to a final celebration at the leavers’ ball!

To keep everyone’s energy up, everyone in the Sixth Form is having a free doughnut at break. We hope it reminds them that hard work is rewarded, but also that we think they are great to have around. 

Year 13 full of energy and about to tackle their A level examinations. Good Luck from all at Coombe!