Special taster day gives current Year 11s a window into what they can expect in Year 12.
As Year 11 students prepare to make their choices for study after GCSEs, we gave them the opportunity to spend a day in Thornton’s Sixth Form and discover how it differs from Senior School.
Director of Sixth Form Mr Bowman invited the girls to come to school in smart business-style clothing, as will be the case next year, and encouraged them to ask questions and sample as many subjects as they could before they begin a new chapter in their lives.
‘This is the start of something new,’ he said. ‘In Sixth Form, you have the freedom to act like adults. Take advantage of the information we will be giving you. Some subjects you will never have seen before, others will be familiar, and the teachers will show you what the A Level syllabuses are really like.’
Over the course of the school day, the students visited the Science labs for Biology and Physics A Level tasters. Mr George staged a practical experiment on collision theory in Chemistry. ‘I need to see how good a practical chemist you are,’ he told the girls. ‘Practicals are required as part of the A Level course and you need to know how to do them, and how to do them well.’
Mrs Ferreira Thornton talked students through the French and Spanish courses, which deal with culture and society, and Mr Coltman outlined what to expect in Geography A Level. The girls also visited Art, History, Music, Psychology, Theology, PE, Sociology, Politics and Economics and Business Studies departments.
At break and lunch, they frequented the Sixth Form café. The girls also gained an insight into the Extended Project qualification, Oxbridge and UCAS applications to give them an all-round view of the next stage of their studies.