MSJ Sixth Form
Sixth Form at Malvern St James marks an exciting departure away from the Senior School. These two years, as you transition towards university and a life beyond school, are incredibly important. It is our job to expertly guide you, whilst allowing all our pupils the freedom and independence to flourish as individuals.
We offer a wide choice of A Level subjects where inspirational teaching and small classes enable girls to achieve outstanding results. The size of our Sixth Form means that we know each girl’s strengths and can offer her the individual attention she needs to fulfil her potential.
Our team of dedicated tutors draws on a wealth of experience to ensure girls feel fully supported and guided throughout the UCAS process, whilst never failing to provide exceptional pastoral care. The majority of pupils will achieve a place at their first-choice university, with bespoke preparation programmes well established for Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Law.
We also offer advice to girls who wish to study overseas and are proud to be a recognised SAT testing centre for those applying to American universities.
For girls who are considering alternative routes after their A Levels, we are pleased to support pupils applying for apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, as well as girls planning their Gap Year.
In the Sixth Form, self-study and independence of thought are essential to succeed at A Level. A more analytical and investigative approach in lessons creates a dynamic academic culture. This allows for lively classroom debate as pupils explore the subjects they love with confidence and autonomy. All girls are encouraged to take an Extended Project Qualification to allow for in-depth research into an area of their choice.
Malvern St James complements its Sixth Form curriculum by offering pupils a highly-regarded Enrichment Programme. Whether you’d like to try Photography, explore Mental Health or learn more about Graphic Design, there is something for everyone.
We also welcome a variety of external speakers through our network of ‘Old Girls’ to present on various careers, areas of academic interest and wellbeing. ‘Somerville Suppers’ are held each half term and provide a forum for teachers and pupils to meet and discuss questions of academic interest including ‘What does it mean to rebel?’ and ‘How is it all going to end?’
Pupils in the Sixth Form also have access to a stimulating selection of leadership opportunities through the Young Enterprise programme, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh, Sports Leaders’ Award and the biannual Gambia Expedition.
In Year 12 we have a Community Service programme which allows pupils to dedicate time to establishing meaningful projects within the local community and experience something new. Girls in the Sixth Form lead our four Ships in a variety of whole-school initiatives and serve as Subject and Wellbeing Ambassadors for girls throughout the school. Lastly, we have an elected Head Girl supported by a dedicated Prefect body.
Most importantly, we want all our Sixth Form pupils to thrive academically and socially.
Combining their studies with the opportunity to board for the first time in Poulton and Greenslade provides for greater independence and serves as an excellent platform for the future. There is a vibrant social programme of cultural trips and excursions which allows girls greater freedom and flexibility in their Sixth Form years. We also regularly visit other schools for socials including Eton College, Radley College and Harrow School.
There are a variety of Scholarships available to girls in the Sixth Form across a range of disciplines. The Founders’ Award is available to Sixth Form pupils only and girls in Year 11 are warmly invited to apply.