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Sixth Form Careers Activity


Year Group Activity Term
Year 12 Ask Apprenticeship Talk Autumn Term
  University Study Talk Autumn Term
  Life Skills - Finance, Work Experience, Careers and University  Spring Term
  UCAS exhibition at ExCel centre Spring Term
  Life Skills - Work experience preparation Summer Term
  Work Experience Summer Term
  Ask Apprenticeship Mock assessment centre  Summer Term
Year 13 Life Skills - Personal Statements, CV's and Careers Autumn Term
  UCAS Introduction Autumn Term
  Life Skills - CV's and Interviews Spring Term
  Mock Interviews Spring Term


Extra-curricular Activities

As a requirement, all students will participate in Enrichment on a fortnightly basis within the school timetable, with the purpose of being educated to become a better rounded student with a broader knowledge of the world in which they live.

Sessions include:

  • Enrichment 
  • Yoga
  • Preparation and Support for UCAS and apprenticeships 
  • Student Finance
  • Safe Drive Programme - Learn to Live at The Gordon Craig Theatre
  • Music appreciation
  • Well being
  • Mindfulness
  • Sexual health
  • Exam well-being and how to revise
  • Mock elections
  • Role of the Unions
  • Budgeting/finance
  • Preparing for work experience

All Year 12 students are encouraged to become involved in the Ambassador Scheme; this may include the running of a club, tutoring students lower down the school or assisting in the classroom and can help to make our Sixth Formers improve their personal development.

Additional qualifications are also available, most notably the Extended Project where students choose a topic of their own choice which helps develop independence and is run in conjunction with a body of teaching staff and individual teachers who act as mentors.  It offers them a chance to truly explore a topic of interest and is well regarded by Universities and future employers alike.

Other opportunities include joining the prom/events committee, writing the school newspaper, Duke of Edinburgh, UCAS/apprenticeship events and applying for head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl.

Within the Sixth Form, the students take great pleasure in organising Sixth Form social events, allowing the students to build friendships, as well as means to fund raise for the Sixth Form annual Summer May Ball.  The events are always popular with students and on many occasions the invitations to these events are extended to staff and students from our consortium schools.  In the past events such as quiz nights, cake sales, non-uniform days and joint Sixth Form events.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Highfield School runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This programme is currently available to Year 12 students.

Doing their DofE can be a life-changing adventure for your child. On the way, they will do their own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help them reach their full potential. They’ll learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement. Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and know what it says about someone who’s an Award holder.

For young people, a DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. They just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass them by.

Young people can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We offer the Silver Level as a programme for Year 12s.

Young people achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections. They’ll find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition!

Sessions run every Monday, 3-4pm in the Sixth Form area.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information about the DofE scheme at Highfield please speak to Mr Clark.

Dress Code

Changes to Dress Code from September 2022

From September 2022 the expectations for Sixth Form Dress will change, as follows:  
The Highfield School expects Sixth Form students to be presented and dressed in a smart professional manner for the school environment. 

  • Smart skirt or dress of an appropriate length
  • Smart full length trousers
  • Smart shirt, blouse or top
  • Plain cardigan or jumper without hood
  • Smart shoes or boots – no trainers, flip flops or Ugg style boots.
  • No piercings other than a maximum of two small earrings in each ear and one small nose stud
  • Hair must be of natural shades only and no shorter than a number 2

Clothing is smart and appropriate for school; clothing must not be skin tight, revealing, ripped or of denim or track suit material. 

Please note that students will be expected to change for practical PE lessons in school, so will be expected not to wear joggers or tracksuits in school for other lessons/sessions. 

Fearnhill requires a smart work wear dress policy which is only a requirement if you are a registered Fearnhill student.  The Highfield School students should be sensitive to this when attending lessons at Fearnhill.

Fearnhill Dress Code

16-19 Bursary

A 16-19 Bursary is now available and information can be located at the following bursary website link below. For information regarding our application process please see Mr Holmes.

16-19 Bursary Information Website