Welcome to Streatham and Clapham High School
The worth of a life is not determined by a single failure or a solitary success, but by the entire journey. Living a happy and successful life is about learning how to balance the past, present, and future: not being consumed by the mistakes you have made, or constantly reliving past triumphs; dreaming of the future whilst enjoying the present. I think what makes this school different is that we understand how important that balance is; our Sixth Form is not a mere stepping stone on the way to university, but is a key part of your life that you will remember for ever.
In our Sixth Form we do care about grades, percentages, and mark schemes – these things are really important. But we see them as part of something far greater: a love of learning that will follow you through life and will help you discover what, and who, you want to be. A well-lived life is one full of dreams, and I can promise you that I shall always take yours seriously. Whatever it is that you want from life, this sixth form will do its part in getting you as far towards that as we possibly can, but the path we ask you to take won’t always be the most obvious one.
Our environment will nurture and protect your hopes and ambitions so that you always have things in life to aim for. Making them happen – realising them – is down to you. If you want to be part of a sixth form that truly does things differently and helps you live a life that will make you happy, then you have just found it. It is sometimes said that ‘if’ is the central part of life; in the Sixth Form at SCHS we’ll help you replace that ‘if’ with a ‘when’.
I look forward to meeting you and watching you achieve far more than you ever thought possible.
Assistant Head Master, Head of Sixth Form
Inspiring achievement beyond expectation
In 2014, our Sixth Form achieved pleasing A-Level results, sustaining a pass rate of 100% for the third consecutive year. The school takes much pride in its students’ excellent academic performance, reflecting an unstinting commitment to fulfilling each student’s potential and a culture in which each is encouraged to take intellectual risk, to think independently, and to extend herself beyond expectation.
A very wide range of A Level subjects is offered, taught by an expert and dedicated team of staff who constantly inspire and support their students’ studies. Class sizes are small, promoting rapid academic progress and enabling students to achieve the highest possible grades in their chosen disciplines and to win a place at the university of their choice. Sixth-form students thus grow personally and intellectually in a way that prepares them for undergraduate study and the challenges of their future careers.
In order to achieve such excellence, students work much more independently and take greater responsibility for organising their work in and outside school. They are encouraged to be intellectually curious. The pace of work is challenging and requires motivation and self-discipline; success in examinations and the fulfilment of academic potential are also contingent on how engaged students are and how much effort is invested in their studies.
A system of regular assessment enables students to know how well they are doing and helps to identify and address any problem at an early stage. There is regular contact with parents through informal and formal meetings and academic progress reports. All parents are invited to arrange an appointment at any time if they wish to discuss a particular issue.
Exciting additional opportunities abound: for example, a placement abroad to improve language skills; the development of business and leadership skills through the Young Enterprise scheme; the option of entering a prestigious poetry competition or climate-change challenge; or the encouragement of students’ participation in the Oxbridge programme.
The Sixth Form has its own space: a dedicated building which includes several study areas, a café, and a common room with a kitchen area. Video conferencing equipment is available to facilitate links with other schools, lectures and conferences, as well as other technological aids. The dedicated quiet areas and library offer an excellent environment for study, while the common room gives students a place to relax and socialise.
Fostering exceptional personal growth
All students, whether they are new to Streatham & Clapham High School or already a member of the school community, are valued and nurtured as individuals through an attentive and expert pastoral system. This enables students not only to optimise their academic success but also to foster their confidence, sense of well-being and overall personal growth.
All students are known personally by the Assistant Head Master (in charge of the Sixth Form) and his team of tutors, who operate an open-door policy, giving students ready access to them to discuss any aspect of their sixth-form life and aspirations.
All students are encouraged to widen their experiences and develop independently, both academically and personally. Working in smaller groups and studying in great depth, they can seize the opportunity to take the initiative and to offer their opinions and thoughts readily. They exercise much responsibility to their peers and the whole-school community, in turn developing leadership skills, self-discipline, and the enduring values and principles that will govern their future lives.
The Head Master’s Lecture Series, featuring distinguished men and women from all walks of life, also provides a valuable forum for students to develop an awareness of issues related to the arts and sciences, law, politics, citizenship, business, ethics, and many others. They also benefit from an attentive careers-education programme, which enables them to gain self-knowledge and an awareness of the great number of opportunities available to them beyond school.
Sixth-form leavers are thus exceptionally well equipped to make a difference to the world at large. They are confident in taking complex and difficult decisions, and relish pursuing their own pathways with conviction and resolve.
Sharing unrivalled expertise in securing university places
Support for UCAS application includes:
Intensive one-to-one help completing the UCAS application form
Intensive and detailed guidance on writing a personal statement
Personal statement mentoring from subject specialists
Careers advice and access to careers conventions
The ISCO careers advice service
Speakers from universities and colleges
Visits to universities and colleges
An Oxbridge preparation programme
Gap year advice and liaison with appropriate organisations
Advice on university funding options
Leavers of 2013 accepted places at the following universities: Bristol, Durham, East Anglia, Exeter, Goldsmiths, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Sussex, and UCL.
The wider sixth-form experience includes:
Critical Thinking AS Level
The Head Master’s Lecture series
The General Studies programme covering:
Developing study skills
Learning about the world of work
Health and money management
Guidance on CV writing and interview skills
Participation in the ‘Kinza’ enrichment programme
The opportunity to take an EPQ
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Streatham and Clapham High School directly.