3 October 2023
Last week, we welcomed Admissions Directors from Babson College, Boston College, Tufts University, University of Miami and Washington University in St. Louis to speak to our Sixth Form. As well as supporting students’ applications by hosting international admissions tutors, we offer SAT tuition and hold an American Universities Information Evening.
Alongside these academic visits and extensive preparation for the UK university admissions process, we host a series of ‘Working Lunches’ in our state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, the Old School House, where individuals from the world of work speak to the girls about their career path. This year we have welcomed, among others, Fiona Flood, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland, and Raman Bet-Mansour, a corporate lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton, who were able to offer one-to-one advice to the girls, imparting invaluable knowledge about their respective fields.
Ten of our students were fortunate enough to have a bespoke work experience created for them at Zoopla where they spent a week on various creative projects and had the inspiring opportunity to present to the CEO at the end of the week.
Our Futures offering is just one way in which a Francis Holland Sixth Form education is exceptional, and resulted in us winning the Muddy Stilettos Schools Special Sixth Form Award 2023. We offer a stimulating, creative environment where girls are both challenged and supported as they learn increasing self-reliance. Small classes, timetables tailored to each girl’s interests and ambition, inspired teaching, outstanding pastoral care, and careful monitoring of progress all combine to provide an atmosphere which encourages every student to fulfil their academic potential and consistently achieve excellent A Level results (62% A*-A in 2023).
The Old School House not only provides innovative and inspiring spaces for Sixth Form students to study both independently and collaboratively, but also dedicated spaces to work, meet business mentors, prospective work experience employers and seek careers advice. Outstanding pastoral support includes a key tutor for each student, who closely monitors her progress, regularly convening for one to one meetings, and a carefully curated Form Time and Life Skills programme, covering everything from current affairs and study skills to sleep and nutrition. The building houses a Fitness Suite and Kitchen, as well as a spacious Common Room to help students build all important lifelong friendships.
It’s a pleasure to see resourceful, imaginative and brave young women emerging from FHS each year, with the world at their fingertips, as a result of this transformational Sixth Form education which truly bridges the gap between school and university. We look forward to seeing this education continue to adapt, develop and blossom in years to come.