Sixth Form Life - Sydenham High School

Sixth Form Life

Visiting our sister school in Nepal made me appreciate my school and the things I have because it made me realise that you don’t need the new iPhone, the newest clothes or the best WiFi to be happy. These children just wanted to go to school and get an education. The biggest lesson that I learned, that it is easy to forget, is that when you can go to school and get an education take it and do your best because you might not have a better chance.

– Current year 13

We encourage you to pursue your own individual interests and participate actively in the wider life of the school. This may mean attending cultural activities or volunteering at a local primary school during your study periods or simply running a lunch time club for younger girls.


The Young Leadership Team play an important role in the school, and you get the chance to stand for Head Girl, Head of House or prefect roles with a specific focus. The leadership skills gained from these roles are invaluable, and give you the opportunity to engage with the rest of the school community.

Next Steps Programme

University preparation is a key focus throughout the Sixth Form, to ensure that students are well informed about the different options available to them. We want you to feel empowered to apply to the very best universities in the world and we have a strong tradition in preparing students for UK and overseas universities, as well as for Drama and Art Foundation courses. University and potential career advice is an integral part of the PSHE and Professional Skills Programme, alongside dedicated university preparation sessions.

Entrance to Cambridge and Oxford, as well as for Medicine, Veterinary Science and Law, has become increasingly competitive. These universities and courses not only interview rigorously but also involve sitting stringent entrance tests. We aim to prepare you so that you can make strong and competitive applications. Students are also prepared for applications for apprenticeship schemes, most recently including an apprenticeship degree place in Accounting at Ernst & Young.


‘Where girls learn without limits’

GDST girls will make their mark on the world, in their own way, and on their own terms.

As a GDST Sixth Form, Sydenham High School is able to offer students fantastic experiences such as the Young Leaders and Inspire South conferences, as well as a bespoke app, Rungway, which unites over 70,000 alumnae with current pupils across the GDST family. GDST offers the Positive Programme, Higher Education Preparation courses, insight days across a range of industries and a network of alumnae based in the UK and overseas to make connections, share news, pass on careers and university expertise, host professional and social events – from their old schools and from other sister schools.
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