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Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus

‘Where tradition and excellence combine’

‘Students mature into thoughtful young adults with the confidence to face whatever challenges they meet in their futures’ - Ofsted


Our students will fulfil their academic potential, achieve their goals and leave us with a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives

Our students will leave us as the leaders of tomorrow, whatever their individual strengths may be

Our students will leave us as compassionate and independent individuals, committed to making a valuable contribution to their community and our society

Our ethos 

We encourage our students to strengthen our reputation for academic success and outstanding outcomes and to go beyond the limits of their curriculum to develop their interests

We are a school that celebrates individualism and achievement no matter what our students’ passions

We encourage our students to take on leadership responsibilities and make a valued contribution to the vitality and character of the school

We encourage our students to enjoy overcoming new challenges, to become resilient and responsible learners, to play a leading role in our community and to develop a growth mindset

We are a school that supports our students throughout the two year A Level course and offers our students an outstanding level of help and guidance in their application to university and alternative options such as apprenticeships

Our school motto, "Meliora Sequamur" (let's aim for better things), underlines the school's 800 year-old tradition of continued commitment to excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND COURSE OFFER The application process Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School has a mixed Sixth Form and we accept a maximum of 200 students in Year 12. Once you have applied to Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School via UCAS Progress, we make sure that you choose the course that is right for you. You will: 

Have a consultation with a senior member of staff

Attend an Induction Programme

Have the opportunity to talk to students and staff about your preferred options

Please contact the school to discuss any queries that you have about the application process or to arrange a tour at any time.

Course offer We recommend that students study 3 or 4 A Level subjects and an EPQ as part of the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar Extended Curriculum. Details of the course content can be found online:

‘The number of students moving on to prestigious universities has increased in the last few years’ - Ofsted


Entry into Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar Sixth Form You will need at least five subjects at grade A* - B at GCSE and English and Mathematics at grade 9 - 6

Entry on to your chosen courses 

Students usually achieve an A or A* grade or a grade 8 or 9 in the subject that they decide to study at A Level

The minimum entry criteria varies depending on the subject that students wish to study

Students are usually asked to achieve a GCSE grade in the subject that they intend to study at A Level in order to meet the entry criteria. For variations and new courses that are not offered at GCSE, please visit Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar website: Subject

Maths, Further Maths, Economics Art and Design (Fine Art or Textiles), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, Classics, Computer Science, DT (3D Product Design), Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Film Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Latin, MFL (French, German, Spanish), Music, Psychology, RS (Philosophy & Ethics), Sociology, Sports Science

Entry criteria Grade 9 - 7 in Mathematics A* - B or grade 9 - 6

POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY The Sixth Form Student Leadership Team Students’ personal development is greatly enhanced by the cultivation of interests beyond the academic. The Sixth Form Student Leadership Team help to lead and manage events, develop the community and act as a mouthpiece for the school at large. Students in Year 12 can take on the role of ‘’Senior Prefect’’ and ‘’Form Guardian’’ and students in Year 13 can apply for the role of Sports Captain, Dance Captain, Music Captain, House Captain and Head Girl and Head Boy.

Head Girl and Head Boy These students help to lead and manage the students in Years 7 – 11 and act as the school’s ambassadors at key events.

House Captains These students help to lead and manage whole school house events and oversee the school’s charity work.

Sports, Dance, Music Captains Students lead and manage whole school events in these fields.

Senior Prefects These students help to oversee the day to day running of the school and act as the front of house team at whole school events.

Form Guardians These students support and nurture students in Year 7. Assisting departments, mentoring younger students and engaging in voluntary work are all activities that are important in the Sixth Form.

‘Students develop excellent leadership skills by keenly taking on roles of responsibility’ - Ofsted

SPECIALISED CAREERS ADVICE Planning for your Future The Careers Department has held the prestigious Investors in Careers quality award for many years. Led by a full time, highly experienced careers professional, a comprehensive programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is provided to all students throughout their time at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar Sixth Form and beyond. Just a few of the events that take place every year include: 

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Future Day – employers, universities, recruitment specialists, gap year providers, study abroad experts and alumni deliver workshops and seminars to help students explore their post-18 options Future Evening and Finance Evening for Year 12 parents Biennial careers fair with over 40 employers and a careers sector focus day Study Abroad Fair – over 30 universities from across the globe Visits to universities including Oxford and Cambridge

UCAS preparation programme All of our students: 

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Have access to unlimited 1:1 careers guidance appointments throughout Year 12 and 13 and are given CV and interview preparation and application support for apprenticeships and employment Have help to decide on their course, choose their shortlist, prepare their personal statement and their application and make their firm and insurance decisions wisely Are prepared for interviews by specialists in their subject/vocation Have access to the alumni mentoring programme Benefit from our links with a wide range of employers

TOP FLIGHT PROGRAMME Top Flight Top Flight is our very successful specialist support programme for students who wish to apply for highly competitive courses including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Law and highly competitive universities including Oxford and Cambridge. We provide:   

Weekly group sessions which take students beyond their curriculum Academics from a wide range of fields give weekly talks through the many student led societies A subject specialist academic mentor

As a result of our exceptional exam success and the work that we do with our students, our acceptance rates significantly exceed the national average.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES Clubs and societies flourish at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar. The Orchard project, now in its third year, has received significant funding from the Royal Society and has completed highly praised research into biodiversity. The majority of our societies are student led, attracting leading specialists in their field. Biosciences for example have welcomed experts ranging from pharmaceutical to neurosurgery. The following clubs and societies (although by no means an exhaustive list) represent the breadth of opportunities available within and beyond the curriculum.                   

Young Scientists Journal English Literature Society Amnesty International History Society Feminist - F Word Christian Union Debating Society The Classics Society Sport Societies Engineering Project Langton Radio Arts Award: Gold Langton Lion - School Magazine French Film Club Creative Writing Society Law Society Time for Change: mental health champions The German International Society Tech Team


Our Enrichment Programme provides our students with the opportunity to:  Choose from a wide variety of courses from which to construct their own bespoke programme  Organise their own work experience or volunteering as part of a personal Enrichment option  Take the initiative and undertake activities which are of direct value to them and their future

Outcomes Our Enrichment programme ensures that our students can:  Secure a recognised qualification in anything from First Aid to an Arts Award  Work with a variety of outside agencies, such as Canterbury City Council or Age UK  Support the wider community on projects such as the Westgate Parks Physic Garden Project

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award All Year 12 students have the opportunity to travel to Plas Y Brenin, in Wales, for a practice expedition, completing their D of E Gold Award the following summer. Upon completion, students attend a presentation held at a Royal Palace to receive their Award from Prince Phillip or Prince Andrew.

Trips There are a number of trips that are offered to Year 12 students, to destinations including Greece, Italy and Amsterdam to name a few.

‘The curriculum includes outstanding enrichment activities which broaden students’ horizons, give them useful skills for their future lives and encourage volunteering’ - Ofsted

THE SIXTH FORM TEAM Should you have any questions about the school, your choices or options in the Sixth Form or anything else besides, then please speak to any member of the Sixth Form team. Assistant Headteacher in charge of Key Stage 5:

Mr J Sénéchal

Learning Manager Key Stage 5:

Mrs L Bramwell

Sixth Form Admissions and Timetable:

Mr E Sherman

Careers Advice and Guidance:

Mrs M Semlyen

‘Students feel safe and happy at school. The school’s care and support for their personal development are outstanding. New students in Year 12 settle in very quickly’ - Ofsted

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3EW Telephone: 01227 463711 Website: Email:

Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 2017  

Where tradition and excellence combine

Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 2017  

Where tradition and excellence combine