On a typical day, I arrive in school at about 8.30am, I sit with my friends and have chat in the café area before going to form. In form time, we are encouraged to have intellectual conversations about current affairs and various ethical issues.
Sixth Form is very different to Year 11, I usually have 4 lessons in a day rather 5 and during my spare lesson, I use the time to revise or do homework.
Emily Donohoe (pictured above) is Deputy Head Girl at Sacred Heart Sixth Form and is studying Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature and Drama
I’m studying Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature and Drama. Studying three subjects means you have more time to focus on those specific subjects, however, you need that because of the increased workload that is involved in studying at A Level. The subjects I have chosen are mainly essay based so there are more essays to write than in some other subjects and you have to go over things yourself to make sure you understand the content thoroughly. I think my subject teachers are really good at explaining in a way that helps you to understand and I feel much more comfortable talking to teachers outside of lessons, as well as inside lessons, about problems I may be having with my subject. I find that the teachers are really willing to help you outside of lessons to go over things.
Lunchtime in Sixth Form is a social time! I have my lunch at Madeline’s and this is a great part of the Sixth Form; it’s reasonably priced and the food is of good quality. I have a wrap most days but I love being able to grab a slice of pizza sometimes. You also can’t beat the watermelon smoothie. Sometimes I go along to Chamber Choir to practice for one of our performances.
As Deputy Head Girl, I have regular meetings with Mrs Bath and I have been invited to speak in front of the younger year groups. I would thoroughly recommend people putting themselves forward for a leadership role as it has built my confidence, improved my people skills and allowed me to gain an insight into other people’s views around the school. I do most of the Parents Evenings and help out with music concerts; this has been a great experience for me.
Preparing yourself for life after school is a key aspect of being a Sixth Form student, you have increased independence whilst also receiving a lot of help and support with applying to university, as well as help with practice interviews and applications for apprenticeships.
Sacred Heart Sixth Form has fully met my expectations, I would thoroughly recommend it! I think the school prepares you well for university, the teaching is of a high standard and you are encouraged to achieve your full potential!