Welcome to The Abbey Sixth Form

At this stage, years of learning come to fruition, and we want every student to leave The Abbey prepared not only for the world of work, but for life.

With this in mind, we are a student-led community that encourages each young person to take ownership of their learning. We foster a strong sense of responsibility, independence and a ‘can-do’ attitude to pursuing their goals – attributes which will equip each of them for the transition to life beyond The Abbey and study at university.

Life at The Abbey Sixth Form is highly collaborative, and we seek to empower each student to lead, as well as taking their part in the team.

The Officer Team have wide-ranging responsibilities across the school, from clubs and volunteering, to sport, drama and music. Students from across the Sixth Form mix in the Common Room and in their vertical tutor groups, taking opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. Whether they opt for the International Baccalaureate route, or A-Levels, students will develop a keen understanding of current global issues, a strong sense of self, an ability to challenge thinking and to care for the environment around them.

Socially, students enjoy the buzz of varied extra-curricular activities, including ice-skating and Christmas shopping in London and a summer day out. They mark their final year with a pyjama party in the Common Room, organising fun fundraising activities and a memorable Leavers’ Ball. To help create a ‘real-life’ environment that supports students’ progression into the world, there is no uniform (although there are guidelines) and students wear black and white on formal occasions.

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”

Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare

At the core of the Sixth Form is the desire to produce happy, determined and positive young people. It is a place where students are actively encouraged to flourish as individuals, and find their full potential. All the staff working in the Sixth Form offer students a tailored and highly specialised level of teaching, academic and pastoral support, as students develop their unique strengths and engagement with the world.

Year on year, Abbey students achieve places at top universities, and their outstanding grades are a reflection of their maturity and interest in the world. Beyond this, our students go on to experience some amazing and diverse achievements in life. We are proud to be part of their journey.

Brendan Fanning
Director of the Sixth Form

“Achievement becomes a natural process of growth and curiosity. Seeing it happen is magical.”