Our Sixth Form provides a challenging yet enjoyable academic experience, which aims to give the best possible preparation for entry to university and employment. We also encourage students to develop their interests and personal qualities, in line with the school's traditional holistic approach to education. Currently there are 170 students in the Sixth Form, many of whom have joined us from other schools in the local area, or as boarders from around the country and abroad.
We offer a wide range of academic subjects. Academic Results are impressive and more than 90% of our students go on to university. We have strong links with universities, and are proud of the amount of individual care and attention every student is given in preparation for entry to university. Our students gain entrance to a wide range of universities and courses, including Oxbridge and other top-ranking universities, benefiting from the professional expertise of our experienced graduate teachers and tutors.
The Sixth Form Centre, opened in 1995 and significantly refurbished in 2010-2011, contains a large common room where students can relax and socialize, as well as a large study and resource area, where students can work independently in private study periods. The 2010-2011 refurbishment saw the opening of a coffee bar for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students, which serves snacks and drinks from 8am onwards, allowing students more flexibility in their eating arrangements. The Sixth Form Centre has its own wi-fi network, allowing Sixth Form students access to the internet via their own laptops and mobiles.
We feel that it is particularly important, at a time when so much Sixth Form education takes place in large collegiate institutions that we keep the warmth, friendship and individual attention which a relatively small Sixth Form provides. This family ethos has become one of the hallmarks of KGS; we guard it jealously and foster it through small tutor and teaching groups. We also believe it important to give students the opportunity to take on leadership roles and responsibilities, and we provide many opportunities for our Sixth Formers take on such roles: as Prefects in the running of the school, as House Prefects in control of the flourishing House System and as Officers in the thriving Combined Cadet Force. The promotion of leadership qualities is an important part of what we do.
Our Sixth Formers also enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We are rightly known as a strong sporting school, with some superb facilities such as our floodlit all-weather pitch, recently extended playing fields and sports hall, but KGS offers much more through the excellence of our music, art and drama Departments and our many clubs and societies.
Sixth Form scholarships and bursaries provide help with fees for a number of our students, and we offer a number of Boarding places in a small, homely Boarding House. Fees for both day pupils and boarders are set at a very reasonable level and are inclusive of all textbooks and examination fees.
The main characteristic of our Sixth Form is the close, friendly yet respectful relationships which are formed among and between staff and students. This is apparent in the sadness which our students feel when leaving the school each summer, and in the way in which they attend our Young Old Kirkhamians' Reunion in December. Many remark, quite truthfully, that they never find another community which means so much to them.