Sixth Form Life
The Dixon Centre
Located at the heart of the School's campus, the Dixon Centre is the focal point for Sixth Form life at Kingswood. Every sixth former is allocated a study in the building, which is normally shared with other students. This provides them with a base during the school day, an area that they can make their own and where they can work and socialise with friends. A large common room and three kitchens sit alongside these studies, providing opportunities for students to meet and make themselves a hot drink or snack. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building, and a dedicated IT room helps to ensure easy access to computing facilities.
Sixth formers work with Kingswood staff in deciding how the Dixon Centre should operate on a day-to-day basis. Giving students greater responsibility for managing their own learning within the framework of the school environment, the Dixon Centre provides an excellent bridge between school and university.
A programme of social events, including a ceilidh at the start of the year, formal dinners, quiz nights and the Leavers' Ball, helps to build a sense of Sixth Form community. Each House also organises its own series of social events every term.
All sixth formers are members of one of our six senior Houses: three for girls and three for boys. Each student is assigned a House tutor who will work with them throughout their time in the Sixth Form, offering support and advice on issues such as academic progress, balancing commitments, references, personal statements, co-curricular activities, work experience and higher education. Tutors are also the first point of contact for parents.
Tutor groups are small, and tutors are therefore able to get to know their tutees well. Individual tutorial meetings occur on a regular basis so that Sixth Form students receive the one-to-one guidance and encouragement they need to make the most of their time at Kingswood.
As the senior pupils within the School, sixth formers are encouraged to take the lead in many areas of school life. In the Lower Sixth, some students take on the role of prefect in our Junior House, Westwood, working with teachers to mentor pupils in Years 7 and 8. In the Upper Sixth, students have the opportunity to become a School or House prefect, helping with many aspects of the running of the School. Leadership opportunities also exist in other areas and may include becoming a study mentor or library prefect, or taking on a leadership role in IT or another co-curricular activity such as sport or music. The School Council also provides sixth formers with an opportunity to share their ideas about all aspects of school life.
All these positions allow our sixth formers to develop a range of skills, from developing the confidence to speak in public to learning to collaborate with others in working towards a common goal. These roles are greatly valued by our students and form an integral part of the Kingswood Sixth Form experience.
Sixth Form pupils play an active role in Kingswood's co-curricular programme, which was rated as "excellent" in the School's latest ISI Inspection. Participating in co-curricular activities is an excellent way for Sixth Form pupils to strengthen their university applications, as the activities that they take part in complement their studies. You can find more information about the co-curricular programme here.