Led by the current sixth form girls, described by Senior Tutor and Registrar Caroline Lang as “our finest ambassadors”, current and visiting Year 11 pupils from schools across the region were joined by their parents to learn more about the school’s extensive programme which aims to equip Moreton’s students for the world beyond school. With the Rylands Life Skills programme, coordinated by former barrister Sarah Pritchard, preparing the girls for everything from CVs and interview skills to changing plugs and checking tyre pressures, and Moreton Enterprises, providing budding entrepreneurs with real world business experience, Moreton Sixth provides the girls with what Head of Careers, Catherine Ashworth described as “a bridge to the world beyond school”.
The evening included an A level Subject Fair, giving current and visiting girls and their parents the opportunity to meet subject teachers and A level students to find out about the experience of studying a subject at the next level. The girls were excited to discover how the Sixth Form timetable is designed to allow students to study a diverse and eclectic combination of subjects, ensuring they can not only meet the requirements of their chosen university courses, but also continue to enjoy studying favourite subjects which may not be traditionally associated with their chosen path.
Upper Five pupil Olivia says: "It was amazing to see the wide variety of subjects”, whilst Lucy commented: “I enjoyed finding out more about new subjects, Economics wasn’t what I expected and sounds really interesting.” For many of the girls it was the chance to hear about the realities from current sixth formers which made the evening special. India said “It was great to talk to the sixth formers about studying that subject at A level. I’m now thinking about some subjects I hadn’t previously considered,” and Emma agreed: “Talking to the sixth formers really made me want to be one.”
Principal, George Budd commented: “I am always so proud of the way our students talk about their school and this evening was no different. Making the step into the Sixth Form is a big change in so many ways and this evening allowed students to speak directly to staff and current Sixth Formers about subject choices and the vibrant life beyond the curriculum. Choosing your A levels can be a tough decision and so this evening is the start of a comprehensive programme of exploration and guidance which continues with the taster lessons in February.”
But the final word goes to the Year 11 girls, in the midst of their GCSE studies, for whom the evening was the light at the end of the GCSE tunnel: “We’re now so excited for Sixth Form!”