And on to the Upper School.
Staying on in the Sixth Form at Dover Grammar School for Boys should be seen as the natural progression after GCSEs for all boys. You do have to reach the entry requirements, however and be prepared to work hard in pursuit of the A level grades!
We offer advanced level courses in about twenty-five subjects, some in conjunction with the Girls’ School. The academic programme includes opportunities to develop vital skills such as communication, ICT and problem solving. In Year 13 the General Studies course covers a wide range of intellectual, cultural and scientific issues and leads to an additional A level award. Students will be given guidance over their AS and A2 choices, bearing in mind their personal strengths, interests and possible future career or university plans. We aim for the highest standards of study and achievement in the Sixth Form, and our average results are frequently among the best in Kent if not the country.
Students are well looked after during their time in the Sixth Form by a tutor who will guide them through a programme of study skills, academic monitoring, personal support, careers guidance and preparation for university application. The curriculum is enriched by visits to conferences and places of interest in London such as the Houses of Parliament, as well as an Activities Week at the end of Year 12 which develops leadership and teambuilding skills. There are also opportunities for boys to gain in personal confidence as prefects, when they will take a responsible role towards junior members of the school. We expect our sixth form students to contribute to the wider community through voluntary work, sport or helping in local primary schools. All of these experiences help build confident and self reliant young men ready to go out into the adult world.
The majority of Year 13 students go on to higher education, including several places each year at some of the most competitive universities in the UK and abroad. Others will go directly into local employment, further vocational training, the armed services or the maritime industry. All are encouraged to keep in touch with the school through the Old Pharosians and many continue to support the school long after they have left.
The tutors and two students from each group form a sixth form committee which helps run sixth form affairs and allows student - and staff - problems to be discussed and generally helps keep the sixth form a happy place. It also manages funding for Sixth Form facilities.
Sixth Formers have the use of a Sixth Form Centre as well as the School Library and Computer Rooms for their private study and other non teaching time in school.
Sixth Formers are not required to wear school uniform, but must dress smartly, in accordance with the current dress code. Please see the Sixth Form Prospectus.
At the moment the following courses are offered to AS and full A level:
It is also possible to take courses at sixth form centres in other Dover secondary schools.