Welcome to Our Sixth Form
Why consider a Sixth Form?
The sixth form of any school prepares its students for the jump from formal education to life; it is an important part of anyone’s education – and a memorable one. It presents an opportunity to really get to know and understand your teachers and their methods; it provides an opportunity for specialising in your chosen areas of study, music or sport; and it gives you a chance to grow into who you want to be.
Our ethos here at Greensteds is to help all our students become well-rounded individuals by encouraging a holistic approach to their education. We not only emphasize academic excellence, but also encourage student participation in sports, the arts and the community both within and outside the school. We are lucky at Greensteds that we have the ability to offer a wide variety of choices academically (from psychology to law, media studies to thinking skills); to have a diverse range of activities outside of the classroom, such as attending EAMUN, the new Headmasters project for year 12s, helping at the Arap Moi Orphanage, Rhino Charge and having a renowned band and choir; and that we have expert coaches on the sports field enabling the school teams to excel in everything from athletics to hockey. Among our many sporting achievements include having our students represent Kenya U19 Cricket; a student break the U21 Kenya 100m record; and our Open Girls Hockey team reaching the semi-finals of the Provincials hockey.
Every member of our sixth form completes our challenging induction course, including BarbWire – which helps them see that they are capable of more than they ever thought they were. We are always looking for our next generation of leaders; and we are lucky that the rest of the school has some good role models to learn from.
We have outside speakers come in to talk to our sixth form to further their education beyond the classroom. Our year 12 students complete a week of work experience, to help them decide on and prepare for their careers. Each year we have visits from British, Australian, and American universities, to talk to our students about their universities, life at university in general and their opportunities and cultures. We help our students get ready for IELTS exams or SAT tests. This has ensured that Greensteds School Leavers are to be found all over the world where they continue to excel.
Our sixth form has a precedent for leading the school along each path we take, and setting standards that the rest of the school aspires to. We spend a lot of time preparing our students for university, but ultimately we’re preparing them for life; and we hope that when they leave here, our students will continue to dream the biggest dreams, and not settle for second best.
The chief requirements for successful A level study are academic ability, good study skills, self-discipline and the motivation to succeed and the school’s aim is to develop these qualities in students so that they will achieve high standards in the Sixth Form and at University.
Students select four AS level subjects in Year 12 with a view to carrying on with three of these subjects in the final year, Year 13. The four subjects are selected from option groups covering a wide range including all the traditional subjects as well as more contemporary ones. Each group of subjects is carefully considered to reflect the changing views and requirements from Universities and so ensure students have a breadth of study at this level.
Subjects offered at A level include:
English Literature; Mathematics; Chemistry; Biology; Physics; Economics; Business Studies; Law; History; Geography; Psychology; Media Studies; Art; Music; Music Technology; ICT; Physical Education; Drama; Sociology: Thinking Skills; French.
We offer a Sixth Form Induction programme in June once students have completed their IGCSE examinations. During this two week period each will undertake sample lessons in those subjects being considered for AS level. In addition, researching university degree courses begins as this may well affect subject choice at this level. As mentioned earlier, we also mark the transition to Sixth Form through an intensive and very demanding three day adventurous leadership training course – BarbWire - which begins to highlight personal strengths and areas to develop.
Upon completion of this course we feel students are suitably prepared to face the changes and challenges which lie ahead as senior members of our community.
Ms Susan Sangoro
Head of Sixth Form