Welcome to Hethersett Old Hall School
Welcome to Hethersett Old Hall School Sixth Form, the part of the school that prepares girls aged 16-18 for their public examinations at A Level and their future lives at university and beyond.
The Sixth Form represents an important period of transition: from a broad GCSE curriculum to the narrower A Level one, from school to university and from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to make these transitions as smooth as possible by equipping girls with the relevant study and life skills to navigate through the changes they will face in a rapidly-changing society.
In academic terms, our small, single-sex classes play a huge part in this. The staff-pupil relationship is enhanced by a university-style tutor-student relationship and rapport is noticeably strong as a result. Your daughter will be challenged to excel and able to progress at a pace that suits her natural learning style.
At the start of Year 13, the UCAS university application process begins in earnest. Sixth Form tutors are knowledgeable and experienced in the university application process and will explore career options with your daughter on a one to one basis. Tutors’ detailed knowledge of their tutees means that girls receive meaningful advice on developing a strong personal statement for UCAS applications. Former pupils have been offered places on a diverse range of courses at top universities including medicine at Oxford and scholarships to the London School of Fashion; the main benefit, however, is that every sixth former will be guided in choosing the right courses for her interests and ability.
In preparation for university and adulthood, your daughter will be able to enjoy a greater sense of independence and responsibility afforded in part by separate Sixth Form facilities. These include a spacious common room and kitchen, a study room, careers library and separate boarding areas. Sixth formers are expected to lead by example and play a role in wider school life, be that mentoring younger pupils or organising charity and house events. In return, our Sixth Form enrichment programme enables them to experience activities ranging from very practical car mechanics workshops to more creative synchronised swimming sessions in the school pool!
Pupils in our sixth form grow in confidence and maturity over the two years; they leave us with life-long friends and all the necessary qualifications and skills to succeed in life. The happy faces on results day speak volumes about the quality of the sixth form experience at our school.
Established in 1938, Hethersett Old Hall School is an independent day school for boys aged 3-11 and girls aged 3-18 with flexi, weekly and full boarding available to girls 9-18.
We are a close-knit community of approximately 180 pupils with small class sizes of on average 10 pupils. We have three departments, as outlined below, and children also belong to one of three Houses – Fry, Ryder and Austen – which further strengthen bonds across the year groups:
- Preparatory School: Boys and girls aged 3-11
- Senior School: Girls aged 11-16
- Sixth Form: Girls aged 16-18
We seek to maximise the potential of each individual, developing talents and skills in a caring and successful Christian community. Our aim is to enable pupils to:
- Achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.
- Grow in self-confidence and self-belief.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of their own and others’ cultures.
- Develop strong moral and spiritual values that will equip them for their role as citizens in a rapidly-changing society.
Hethersett Old Hall School is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC),Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and is a registered charitable trust (number 311273). We were delighted to receive the ‘Best Day School 2011’ award at the Archant Good Schools Show in London.
Our sixth formers lessons take place in the senior school and girls have use of all the facilities on site including our library, computer suites, swimming pool, sports hall and music rooms.
In addition, sixth formers also have their own purpose-built facilities, which are for their sole use. These were recently refurbished. The sixth form block houses a large, spacious common room and kitchen, making it the perfect place for our Year 12 and 13 girls to relax in breaks and at lunchtime. The common room has plenty of comfortable sofas and cafe style seating, plus computers and a flat-screen television so girls can really make themselves at home.
Sixth formers also have their own study room, a careers library which is a quiet place to work between lessons and their own studio in the art block.
Our sixth form boarding house is located upstairs in the modern sixth form block. Boarders have cosy, single rooms overlooking the courtyard and can use the common room and the kitchen downstairs in the evening.
Grow and develop as a person As well as your academic work, there are many opportunities for you to develop and grow as a person. The possibility of achieving the gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, learning skills to support living away from home during the sixth form enrichment project, and working with fellow students organising school events, all provide enjoyable and challenging experiences that also help prepare you for the world beyond school.
In short, we have high expectations of you and we encourage you to develop:
- A sense of purpose and direction, especially regarding the next stage of your education
- A commitment to your academic studies
- A desire to participate fully in the extra-curricular life of the school
- Self-discipline and the maturity to organise yourself within the more relaxed guidelines of the Sixth Form
- The willingness to give generously of your time and energy to enrich both the school community and the wider community
- Maturity, self-confidence and an enthusiasm for life-long learning based on the excellent foundation of your education at Hethersett Old Hall School.
We are committed to ensuring that our girls achieve the highest academic standards of which they are capable.
We were delighted that yet again all of our girls achieved the A Level grades to study at their first choice of university.
Recent destinations have included: Liverpool University to study Veterinary Science, McGill University in Canada to study Chemical Engineering, Central St Martins London to study Foundation Art, Canterbury Christ Church University to study Early Childhood Studies and Nottingham University to study Costume Making and Design.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.