Life as a Sixth Former

“Starting anything new can be a very daunting and intimidating experience. Even though I came from Wymondham High originally, I was certainly both excited and very nervous about starting something that had become such a big deal in my head. First things first though, no matter which school you came from, the first day is not as scary or as exclusive as you may think: everybody mixes straight away, and talks to everyone else just as you’d hope they would. The environment is very welcoming, and although the teachers often start off by telling you how hard they expect you to work, and how stressful the year can be, they are all surprisingly easy to talk to, and supportive of you throughout the whole year. The teachers are very open to giving you their time if you need it, and have certainly helped me a lot this year.

As the first day fades into the past, the more important aspects of the Sixth Form shine through. The atmosphere of working hard and using your time at Sixth Form to do the best you possibly can becomes very obvious. This helps to give the impressive record of academic progress and achievement that we currently have here.

All of the hard work isn’t put solely on your shoulders though. The quality of the teaching here stands Wymondham far above many other equivalents, and I can personally vouch for the standard of lessons that we are given to help us obtain the grades and the futures we want.

  Obviously a big part of the Sixth Form experience, is the fact that a year of UCAS applications and university places looms over us for the majority of the time that we spend here. This could be a stressful time, but the opportunities that Wymondham provide make the preparation for personal statements much easier. In the committee structure that Year 12s undergo, we are provided with opportunities to develop our interests, including the possibility to become involved in The Young Enterprise programme, which is both interesting and provides some real world insight In something that is often a closed door to students. Similarly, the encouragement of Community Service allows us to become involved in the community far more than we would without it: which is a real positive. Furthermore, the Sixth Form also now provides many opportunities for leadership, the Prefect structure and ‘Sixth Form Leader’ roles allow the development of your skills and make you stand out as an individual in the crowd.

I have really enjoyed my time at this Sixth Form: not only because of the opportunities it provides and the doors that it opens, but also because of the amazing atmosphere that it has, both in terms of its ethos and in the relationships that form so easily here. I wouldn’t choose anywhere else!”

Former Wymondham High Sixth Form Student