Last Thursday saw the Sixth Form Open Evening held at Challoner’s - an annual event for both internal and external prospective students in Year 11.

The evening commenced in a packed school hall with an address from the Headmaster, who discussed the academic options available to Sixth Form students and the fantastic learning culture that resonates throughout the Sixth Form community. This is particularly true after the extremely successful shift to co-education within the Sixth Form in 2016. The Challoner’s Baccalaureate (the Sixth Form curriculum) was on show, offering a varying range of activities outside the academic core including volunteering, team projects such as the exciting London Challenge, the lecture programme and many sporting opportunities. The outstanding facilities (including the dedicated Sixth Form Centre) were also on display, along with the opportunity for wider development and involvement through a multitude of clubs and societies. This was supplemented by a speech from Year 13 student Omar Halawa, describing the process of choosing A Levels and stressing the paramount importance of doing the subjects you enjoy.

Talks held throughout the school followed, demonstrating the breadth of A Level choices available for students to take. Subject Teams gave a flavour of what each choice would be like, conveying what the course consisted of and exhibiting the fantastic results achieved by past students, as well as what paths they took after Challoner’s. These greatly aided in deciding whether the subject was right for you. Current Sixth Form students were also on hand throughout the night to provide a personal perspective on A Level choices and specific subjects.

The evening was undoubtedly invaluable in helping students make the difficult decisions they will inevitably have to make in the coming weeks, as well as giving prospective students an insight into the Sixth Form at Challoner’s. I would like to thank the staff and students involved in making such a large event a reality.