Sixth Form Life

The Sixth Form is an integral part of William Farr School. Life as a Sixth Form student offers continuity from being a student in the main school with change through a new and challenging level of study as well as lots of opportunities to develop as an individual and contribute to the wider school community.

What students say about our Sixth Form:

"My favourite part of sixth form is having a strong relationship with teachers and knowing that they will always make time for me if I need help, while also having the freedom to organise my own learning through study periods." Abbie

"The best thing about William Farr Sixth Form is that there is constant staff support. My subject teachers are always willing to help at a level beyond expected, and my form tutor always goes the extra mile, providing exceptional support for the UCAS application process. There is an excellent relationship between pupils and staff." Lucy

"The smaller class sizes allow us to gain more support in lessons and have a more personal learning experience. The change in lesson style allows for in depth learning as the opportunity to explore the subject in smaller groups allows more interactive activities making our chosen subjects even more enjoyable." Tierney

"In September I joined William Farr as an external student and the staff and students have been very welcoming to me. The quality of teaching has been amazing while the many available extra-curricular activities have provided me with lots of opportunities outside of lessons. I have not regretted changing school." Ben

For students interested in the Sixth Form, listen to what our students have to say.

Sixth Form Life Booklet

The Sixth Form Life booklet answers the most frequently asked questions about being a member of the William Farr Sixth Form:

New opportunities & getting involved:

Here are just a few of the things you could do in the Sixth Form…

  • Join the Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Be Head of the School Council
  • Be a member of the School Council Executive
  • Be a House Captain or Vice-Captain
  • Support House Events including the Sixth Form House Bake Off
  • Be a Peer Mentor
  • Work with lower school students in morning numeracy or literacy support
  • Support lower school lessons in departments
  • Be an English Ambassador
  • Represent the school in Sport
  • Set up or help run a departmental club
  • Organise Charity events and help with fund raising such as the Sixth Form Christmas Market
  • Support the Music and Drama Department with concerts, performances and productions – through performing on stage or supporting back stage
  • Create your own show for the School Radio
  • Represent the school in competitions such as the Maths Senior Team Challenge or the Science Olympiads
  • Get some work experience
  • Volunteer in the local community
  • Attend local events to enrich your studies – speakers and debates
  • Go on some of the trips organised by departments or go on the Expedition!

Trips and Visits:

There are a wide range of day trips and residential visits run by different departments to enrich the curriculum. A selection of the residential visits are given below.

  • New York Trip
  • Russia Trip
  • Lessons to Auschwitz
  • Geography Field Work Residential
  • French / Spanish Trips

There are also non-curriculum visits such as the Ski Trip or the Expedition

  • Ski Trip
  • Expedition


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