The Sixth Form

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At Bede's, we believe in educating young people holistically.

This means that we educate the whole person, preparing our Sixth Form pupils for life as well as exams and offering young people something really different in their final years in secondary education.

We encourage our Sixth Formers to think of themselves as leaders, provide them with chances to pass their wisdom on to pupils in the younger years and, via the School Councils and the strong and creative Prefect system, empower our pupils to influence strategic decisions for Bede's as a whole.

Our Sixth Form tutors work closely with pupils, helping them to embrace responsibility, independence and to foster their talents in specific, sometimes unusual areas. We of course prepare them for academic success, but the opportunities we offer cannot be found anywhere else, and that makes us unique.

The breadth of courses available at Bede's is unbeatable and caters to every level of ability. We offer over a huge range of qualifications just for Sixth Formers, including traditional A Levels, the academically stretching Cambridge Pre-U courses and some 'niche' vocational BTECs.

On top of these programmes, our Co-Curricular programme encourages the esoteric. Aside from simply supplying the expected, like the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we ensure the dedication our Zoological Society shows to breeding endangered species or the time our Community Links volunteers spend in local schools and hospitals is celebrated in just the same way as an individual's performance in the classroom.

Our view is that experiences such as these enable Sixth Formers to grow profoundly as people, learning about themselves and not just the subjects they are studying.

Additionally, the mix of people in our Sixth Form is genuinely diverse. Aside from a large number of Day Pupils from across Sussex, Surrey and Kent, be they debating champions, award-winning photographers or recreational skydivers, we have over 30 nationalities living on site in our stunning boarding houses.

These many strengths, combined with our outstanding UCAS and Careers Advice service, mean that, when it comes to tailoring the timetable around a Sixth Former's requirements or providing them with everything they might need to pursue their passions, there is simply no better Sixth Form in the country than ours.

Read an introduction from the Head of Sixth Form >

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Pupil Stories

  • Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth

    People need to know that this is the future of independent schooling. It’s quite a unique place.

    Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2014
  • Ana-Maria Bologan, Upper Sixth

    Until I came here I don’t think I had ever really experienced quiet and calm. It has been such a change in lifestyle.

    Ana-Maria Bologan, Upper Sixth Interviewed in 2014
  • Helen Clements, Lower Sixth

    It's strange when I think back. It sounds really cheesy, but I don't know how else to say it - I found myself here.

    Helen Clements, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2012
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