The Sixth Form @ BHHS
Why should I choose the Sixth Form at BHHS?
- Flexible teaching styles tailored to the individual, providing a foretaste of university.
- Specialist teaching in small groups to achieve outstanding results (100% pass rate at 'A' level in 2006, with one third students gaining 3 A grades or better).
- Stand-alone Sixth Form facility in city centre location, close to transport links for easy access throughout Sussex.
- Excellent higher education and careers advice. BHHS has extensive experience in preparing students for UCAS entry, and, through its membership of the Girls' Day School Trust, offers sixth form students a unique programme of life skills in preparation for the workplace.
- Varied extra-curricular programme. BHHS aims to nurture talent, increase responsibility, and build confidence, teamwork and leadership skills through a programme of activities, which include drama, public speaking, music, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, community service, sport, mentoring, and more.
To sum up, you should choose the Sixth Form College @ BHHS if you're looking for a first class Sixth Form experience, which will help you achieve your ambitions for higher education, set you up for your chosen career path, develop your individuality and independence, and help you gain the qualities you need to become the adults and leaders of the next generation.
What about academic standards?
BHHS achieves excellent results: In 2006, our students attained a 100% rate at A level, with one third gaining 3 A grades or better.All six of our Oxbridge candidates successfully won their places.
It is expected that you will have already achieved a good set of grades at GCSE. Generally we would expect you to have achieved an A or B grade at GCSE for your chosen subject.
Sixth Form courses
What courses are available?
We offer exciting opportunities for breadth and depth of study, with a range of AS and A2 courses. Most students will take four AS courses in their first year, following on with three A2s in the second year.
Below are courses on offer for next September - please click on each subject in the menu on the left to view more details. If there is sufficient demand we can consider other subjects such as law or sociology. Please make any such enquiries to the Head of Sixth Form.
Courses on Offer for September 2007:
Art and Design
Drama and Theatre Studies
Economics and Business Studies
English Language & Literature
Government and Politics
History - Early Modern
History - Modern
We also offer Spanish, Italian and Greek at GCSE
You will be a member of a small tutor group which meets daily. This makes it easy to build up a personal relationship with your tutor who will give continuing support over the next two years. We are committed to helping you to achieve your goals.
Sixth Form extra-curricular activities
What extra-curricular activities are available?
There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities available to Sixth Formers.
If you're interested in music and drama, you can join in choirs, pop or jazz groups, and Sixth Formers are encouraged to take the lead in school drama productions.
The House Play competition in particular offers a creative challenge. Given a theme or motif, you can find yourself forming a team which will write, direct, cast, rehearse, light and costume a production from scratch - all in eight weeks. You will manage a team of younger girls to achieve this, independently of staff.
Sport opportunities range from traditional team games - you may like to spend your time helping with the coaching of younger girls - to activities such as volleyball, badminton, squash, fencing, self-defence, aerobics, yoga, skating and swimming.
As a senior member of the school community, you can also take advantage of a number of opportunities for leadership. You elect a number of School Officers and new entrants to the Sixth Form are often among those elected.
You may find yourself involved in a range of roles within the school - from organising obstacle races on the School Birthday, to acting as Editor on the school magazine - all of which will teach you valuable skills in motivation, teamwork and leadership.
As a Lower Sixth student, you will also take part in the Young Enterprise scheme: BHHS has participated in this highly successful nationwide scheme for a number of years. In Y.E, you are tasked with setting up your own limited company to market and sell your own product under the guidance of a local company. You will gain invaluable experience and knowledge in the business world, grappling with profit and loss, return on investment, supply and demand, and marketing and publicity issues.
You will also have the opportunity to see and experience a world outside of Brighton City Centre - from visits to our own Field Centre in the Brecon Beacons, to trips abroad: recent Sixth Form trips have included visits to London, Paris, Greece, Andalucia, Prague and Budapest.
Finally, the end of your two years is marked with the glamorous occasion of the Sixth Form Leavers' Ball.