Included in the each girl's timetable is an 'Enrichment lesson' along with tutor time. These focus on study skills, managing finances and moving away from home. Weekly careers lessons ensure that each student is guided through the UCAS process on an individual basis. We also offer girls relaxation sessions which aim to provide students with strategies to cope with stress and even the occasional Zumba class!
"You have so much more freedom and you are treated like a responsible adult" Victoria Symes
At Sixth Form, students select three subjects to study at A-Level. Our Sixth Form Partnership with Elizabeth College enables us to offer a wide range of choices, including Business Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Photography and Psychology. There is a minimum entry requirement of five (I)GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher (including English Language and Mathematics) in order to begin A-Level study. It is also normally a requirement in most subjects for a student to have gained at least a Grade 6 in the new tariff at GCSE in order to study it in the Sixth Form.
In addition to this, a weekly Enrichment lesson and Careers lesson take place.
The majority of girls go on to study at University, many at Russell Group Universities, but some choose to enter the workplace locally or take a gap year.
Current A-level choices are as follows:
Ancient History, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology - Product Design through Graphics or Resistant Materials, Digital Photography, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish and Sport & Physical Education.
We offer the girls dedicated time to partake in a physical activity throughout the week. Many of the girls also help out with clubs run for the Lower School including orchestras, gym club and netball. Through our house system there are a wealth of opportunities for the girls to become involved in House Music, House Drama, Gym and Dance to name but a few. These provide the girls with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and immerse themselves in the wider school community.
In Upper Sixth, students are given opportunities to take on further responsibilities within the school including Prefects, House officials, Head of the Charities and Environment committees, Student Council, Music Prefect. Girls are also encouraged to set up their own committees.
"I volunteer at Melrose in one of my frees. I help with Upper Prep with their guided reading or independent work. This is useful to me at the moment as I am considering becoming a teacher. It is also good for the girls as they have a role model to look up to" Jessica Coburn
Throughout Sixth Form, we also offer students opportunities to gain The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. This year, we have provided the opportunity to access a TEFL qualification and First Aid qualification.
There are many opportunities for students to become involved in the school and wider community. During Sixth Form, girls can be part of the Charities' committee, and the newly formed Environment committee. Many girls also support the younger students as 'Reliables' or help with reading at Melrose. We have a large number of girls involved in The Duke of Edinburgh Award and volunteering in the wider community. We are very proud to work closely with the Tumiani Fund supporting their 'Day's for Girls' project.
The transition from young girl to young woman needs more than a classroom. It needs the kind of opportunities that come from building friendships, pushing boundaries, facing challenges and reaching goals. These are the things we offer with our co-curricular activities.