Co-curricular: Mind, Body & Soul - Sydenham High School

Mind, Body & Soul

Outstanding Pastoral Care

The size of our Sixth Form is our strength as we get to know every individual girl. We cultivate a friendly, mutually supportive and aspirational environment in which you’re valued as an individual.The Sixth Form is big enough to be vibrant, yet small enough to be intimate – so that we get to know you personally.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Sixth Formers have the opportunity to gain their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Combining volunteering, developing a skill and organising an expedition, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenges you and helps build resilience, develop team bonds and allows you to give back to the community.

Students are carefully guided and supported by our dedicated DofE coordinator.


From the Shakespeare for Schools Festival to major school productions, Drama is an integral part of Sixth Form life. You can continue to explore your talent through academic study at A Level or as an extracurricular pursuit. Sixth Form students make up a large number of the performers in school productions, taking on some challenging but rewarding roles as well as leading Drama clubs and House Drama productions.


The Sixth Form plays host to a number of talented musicians who are able to pursue their love for music, either through their academic study at A Level or through their co-curricular commitments. Sixth Form musicians play an active part in school concerts and productions and often perform during assemblies, at lunchtime or after school recitals and other formal events. Sixth Form musicians are very much encouraged to continue with their formal music graded music lessons alongside their A Level studies and will often lead a number of musical events.


It is a well known fact that sport and exercise improve physical health and wellbeing as well as mental health and achievement. That’s why sport and physical activities are an important part of your Sixth Form life and so that you flourish in your various pursuits. All sixth formers have a timetabled lesson of PE fortnightly.

Rowing is very popular in the Sixth Form students and many hours are dedicated to land training with the ergos in the gym, alongside weekly sessions on the river. Our partnership with Dulwich College means that we have full use of their boathouse facilities and Sydenham High rowers have competed at many regattas.

Netball, hockey and athletics are also popular sports, with the Sixth Form fielding their own teams in these sports. Sixth Formers lead, participate and get involved with our annual dance show, Unity Through Diversity, and will often run other Dance events for younger girls.

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