5 December 2022
St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire will be opening its brand new Sixth Form Centre – the Benedict Building – in early 2023.
The new Sixth Form Centre is a physical articulation of the School’s vision for Sixth Form, providing an environment for students that will spark their intellectual spirit and imagination. The building will give students with the space and opportunity to grow their academic and extracurricular interests in readiness for their futures.
The space echoes and anticipates the very best higher education institutions, smoothing the transition from school to university.
Alongside nine spacious classrooms, the building offers a range of academic study spaces, including a Sixth Form study library, individual study rooms, a collaboration room and two large break-out spaces, all with high-speed charging facilities.
The dedicated Higher Education Library is located just across the Quad from the Careers Library, giving students the space and resources to make well-informed and ambitious university and life choices.
The possibilities are endless in the flexible performance space where students can attend lectures and debates, direct and perform plays or even run open-mic events!
Whether it is a much-needed post-netball match refuel or a chat with a teacher about an essay, the Sixth Form café is the ideal spot to catch up over a hot chocolate.
The large common room spans the back of the building, and opens onto the landscaped Sixth Form garden. Off the common room, there is access to storage and shower rooms, allowing busy students to move effortlessly between their lessons and extracurricular commitments.
St Helen’s Sixth Form students have 20+ A levels to choose from and are taught in small groups by highly experienced and dedicated teachers who will come to know each student as an individual. The School continues to collaborate with nearby Abingdon School offering a number of joint A level subjects and a growing range of extracurricular opportunities, creating a co-educational experience for students at both schools.
Beyond academic study, St Helen’s Sixth Form provides a wealth of opportunities. Students can participate in sport, drama, music, art, community and school service, as well as join a wide range of clubs and societies – from History of Art to Senior Orchestra. As senior members of the school community, there are wide-ranging leadership opportunities available and Sixth Form students act as role models for younger students in school.
As part of the School’s extensive means-tested bursaries programme, transformational Sixth Form bursaries are available for candidates currently in a state funded school – these bursaries cover 100% of school fees as well as additional costs such as school bus transport and curriculum activities.
To explore St Helen’s Sixth Form, its A level curriculum and many more opportunities, go to shsk.org.uk