For those moving up through the College and those joining Haileybury at 16+ from elsewhere, Sixth Form allows pupils to take greater control of their academic studies. Life in the Sixth Form equips pupils to work and think independently, and to balance academic demands with the other essential facets of Haileybury life.
The first few days of introductions, inductions and time in their Houses ensure everyone entering the Lower Sixth quickly makes friends and begins to understand the demands of their A Level or IB courses and what life in the Sixth Form has to offer. In addition, they attend presentations on the following aspects of school life:
Pupils are provided with every opportunity to take part in numerous regular and unique events, helping them develop confidence amongst their peers and in meeting and working with both staff and professionals from outside School. Activities such as the CCF, Young Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and Community Service allow each pupil to pursue avenues of personal development perhaps not previously explored.
College prefects: A number of pupils are invited to take on the responsibility of being College Prefects, a role of office which is held for a year. Prefects are chosen by the Master together with the Senior Leadership Team in consultation with Housemistresses/masters, teachers and pupils. A boy and girl are appointed as Heads of School with a deputy to support each other. Twelve other pupils are appointed as Heads of their Various Houses, taking on this important role in supporting the House parent and the pupils within the Houses. Pupils are fiercely loyal to their Houses and do much to promote a core House spirit, to engender good work ethics and to socialise and support each other across the age groups.
Hosting public events: Haileybury offers a dynamic curriculum and an exciting and challenging programme of co-curricular clubs and societies. Within this context the pupils are regularly invited to attend one of the many lectures on offer which are open to pupils and the public. Similarly, they are often involved in helping to host the many events for the local community and may represent the College, such as acting as tour guides for prospective families and visitors; assisting with hosting children at Activity Mornings, attending Open Days, prep school events and helping at annual events such as the Cabaret. Haileyburians take great pride in their school and in making new visitors feel welcome.
School charities: Sixth Form pupils are actively involved in creating events to help fundraise for our three school charities and often take the lead in organising House events to create fundraising opportunities either as part of the Charities Committee or as a member of their House.
Sport: All pupils in the Sixth Form are expected and encouraged to participate fully in the expansive games programme, choosing to play team sports or perhaps taking the opportunity to try something new.
Performing arts: An annual Sixth Form theatrical production, a dance show, numerous concerts, House Drama and House Music competitions, the annual Cabaret and more provide senior pupils with the chance to widen their repertoire, hone their skills and enjoy performing to audiences for all occasions.
In-weekend events: Whilst all pupils are able to go home following their games commitments on Saturday afternoons (with boarders returning on Sunday evening), the in-weekend (first weekend of each half term) brings the whole school community together. Boarders are required to stay in school until after Chapel on Sunday morning. On the Saturday evening of these ‘in-weekends’, a host of different events are organised for the entertainment of all our pupils. These include music events and parties for the Sixth Form pupils, held in their own Sixth Form Centre, a whole school Charity New Year Ball, a Cabaret evening, summer barbecues and crazy inflatable games evenings. These events enable the Sixth Form to socialise together and with other year groups.