Sixth Form Life
The Sixth Form at NLCS is a vibrant and exciting place to study.
A diverse curriculum, numerous leadership opportunities, superb teaching and supportive preparation for university admissions combine to ensure that our girls are prepared for ambitious futures and expect the best, both of themselves and others.
In the Sixth Form, we offer two academic pathways. Girls can study the International Baccalaureate or take a combination of 3 or 4 A Level/Pre-U subjects. All girls have the opportunity to complete a piece of extended research in a topic of their choice.
The atmosphere is that of a community, there is always someone there to help you, whether it is a teacher or a fellow student. The Sixth Form also allows you to develop a sense of independence.
– Ashlin Gadhia, Year 12
A distinctive features of our Sixth Form is the volume of opportunities that girls have to develop their leadership skills during their time with us. We are hugely proud of our Senior Societies extra-curricular programme which is run by the students themselves. There are more than 40 societies, each offering the chance for girls to explore their academic passions in more depth. The student leaders of the societies regularly invite in external speakers and set up activities such as debates between students and staff.
I loved being involved in History Society – it was a great opportunity to have some freedom about what we wanted to learn. We decided to learn more about the History of China, so invited Professor Michael Wood to speak about his latest documentary.
All girls in Year 12 are also encouraged to apply for responsibility posts and take part in clubs and extra-curricular activities. We offer a vast selection for them to choose from including:
- Young Enterprise
- Model United Nations
- Bank of England Target 2.0 competition
- CanonAid – our school charity fundraising team, organised by sixth formers
- Peer Mentors
- Student Editor of the School Magazine and the School News Team
Read the latest issue of the School magazine - The North Londoner
Each Spring Term the School appoints a Senior Committee: a team of six Year 12 students who are elected by staff and students. Our ‘Big Six’ have wide-ranging responsibilities across the school. They support other Sixth Form girls, leading activities and events, one of which is the annual Canons Follies variety show, which involves all girls in Year 12.
Sixth Form life is busy but interesting. The teachers are really caring and are always there when I need help
– CiCi Chen, Year 12
Guidance for University
A great deal of preparation and support for university entry and careers is provided, including a careers fair, UCAS events, US universities information for those wishing to study aboard and individual interview and presentation practice. Find out more about guidance for university.
Every girl is different, and all students works closely with their tutor as well as the Director of Sixth Form and their deputies to ensure they are happy and confident. Tutor groups are a mixture of Year 12 and Year 13 girls, integrating the year groups and allowing for wide friendship groups and peer support. Find out more about pastoral care at NLCS.
Sixth Form has really boosted my confidence, I found it really easy to integrate into the year and have found friends for life
– Ritu Raj, Year 12
Partnerships and Community
We encourage students in the NLCS Sixth Form to actively engage with their community and the wider world. We want to give them the opportunity to develop their interests both inside and outside the classroom. We offer a programme of active partnerships with other schools, including collaboration with boys’ schools such as Eton, Whitgift and QE Boys for joint events. We organise conferences in different subject disciplines and host an annual Hispanic Theatre Festival, where more than 20 schools take part.
We also provide many opportunities for students to be outward-looking and internationally minded through trips and exchanges, educational visits and charity work, both in the UK and overseas.
I like the sense of independence that you are given, it really allows you to manage your time well and become more organised
– Marian Ibrahim, Year 12
At the end of each summer term we bid farewell to our Year 13 students. Girls are joined by the family and friends for a special service and celebration int he grounds. Many a tear is shed by staff and students as they say goodbye to each other.
Gap Year Assistant Programme
Our sister school, NLCS Jeju offers an exceptional work experience opportunity to young people, both pre and post university. The Gap Year Assistant Programme has been running since the school opened and has developed into a dynamic and enriching experience.