Life in the Sixth Form

Life in the Sixth Form is not just about academic opportunities; it’s about taking advantage of the wider range of activities that will allow you to try new things and develop new skills.  Whether it is being involved with sport, debating, taking the lead in a school production or participating in one of the many exciting and varied extra-curricular clubs available, we want you to experience a vibrant and exciting life outside the classroom.

There are opportunities in the Sixth Form to exercise leadership and take responsibility for others, through the Prefect and Head Girl systems as well as by leading committees and societies and mentoring the younger girls in the school.  Sixth Formers develop supportive, friendly relationships with staff and are much-valued by the school community as well as being our best ambassadors.

There is one large-scale social event each term exclusively for Sixth Formers. The Charity Ball in the Autumn Term, a Burns Night Supper with reeling in the Spring Term, and the Walled Garden Festival in summer. These are in addition to an Epicurean Supper and Rock Soc at Sherborne, regular socials with local schools and the opportunity in UVI to visit ‘The Stick’ at Sherborne as well as local pubs.

As part of the weekend Enrichment Program, Sixth Form girls are given the opportunity to run sessions to develop their leadership, planning and presentation skills. They can become involved with debating, critical thinking, Oxbridge Discussion Groups, Medical Ethics, Foreign Film Soc and the Rock Band and Shutterbabes.

Girls also get involved in running events and learn about budgeting and event management though being Events and Charities prefects. They also all benefit from our bespoke ‘Life Skills’ program which includes things like basic car maintenance and driving theory, citizenship issues like politics and managing finances and presentation skills.

Those who are involved in Chaplaincy can engage with the St Vincent de Paul Society and many go on to join volunteering trips to Lourdes with the Order of Malta, along with young men and women from Catholic schools across the country.

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Mary Ward House

In the second year of the Sixth Form journey at St Mary’s, students move to our modern, independent accommodation, Mary Ward House.  Here, you live in a community just as you will at university and during this time your exemplary teachers and tutors become firm friends and work colleagues.  It’s no wonder that St Mary’s girls do so well in their undergraduate and postgraduate courses at university and in their chosen careers; they have learned the foundations for success and fulfilment here at St Mary’s.