As well as the many enrichment activities and outings organised within departments, the Sixth Form are offered a number of other opportunities for academic enrichment where they can explore topical issues and academic disciplines beyond the curriculum. The aim is to realise individual potential as fully as possible, to encourage intellectual curiosity and ambition and to develop the students' ability to think for themselves.
Any member of the Sixth Form who wishes to develop a topic in which they have a special academic interest has the opportunity to complete an Extended Project. Validated by AQA, the EPQ is designed to enable students to engage in independent research on a topic which in some way extends their A level studies. It is assessed on the basis of A level criteria and carries UCAS points equivalent to an AS level.
Each year the school runs the Fendick Competition for members of the Lower Sixth. Entries take the form of presentations to an audience of peers, parents, staff and governors on a topic connected to one or more of the student's AS subjects. The aim is to present an argument towards a conclusion which makes the topic accessible to an intelligent but not expert audience. The presentations are limited to no longer than seven minutes. Last year's winner was Nic Sims with his presentation 'The Physics of Music'.
The Lower Sixth attend and take part in the Sixth Form Conference which is organised for a day following their summer exam leave. There is a general theme, guest speaker, presentations by students and staff and opportunities for questions and group discussion. Last year the theme was Diversity.
Academically able Fifth and Sixth Formers are invited to attend after school talks given by a member of staff or visiting speaker on topics such as medical ethics, gender differences or censorship. Students are then encouraged to take an active part in the discussions that follow the presentations.
Further details are given in the programmes.