sixth form 113We are incredibly proud of our first-class Sixth Form Boarding Houses which aim to facilitate the transition to university life by developing the girls' independent living skills. The accommodation is ideally located so that girls have their own distinctive Sixth Form space within the St Mary’s site whilst also being able to remain fully involved in all aspects of school life. Our horizontal boarding system means that students board with their whole year group and are able to experience Sixth Form life together. Girls will certainly notice the increased independence that being in the Sixth Form affords them and we have specifically designed the two Sixth Form Houses to meet their needs.

A short stroll across the new Lime Kiln Garden from the main school, the conjoined Florence Dyas and Helen Wright Sixth Form Houses both provide outstanding facilities for an exciting transition. On entering the LVI Form girls will settle into one of them and meet the House and Tutor team who will guide and support them throughout their time in the Sixth Form. The individual spacious en-suite study bedrooms, communal kitchens, tutorial areas, private gardens, lounges and flexible seminar spaces provide the perfect environment in which to live and study more independently in a vibrant and supportive community. The students also have their own dining area and a Sixth Form menu for breakfast, break and lunch. Our Sixth Form communal kitchens are fully equipped with a wide range of the latest gadgets and in the evenings girls are able to hone their cookery skills as they learn to cook for themselves. 2793 SMC 088There is always the option of heading to the main school dining room for supper too!

As students move into the UVI Form, they will gain Sixth Form Bar privileges. The bar is open on a Friday and Saturday evening and is an inclusive and sociable space where the Sixth Form can come along and relax with their friends. The bar is stocked with a wide range of drinks and snacks and has developed into a popular venue enjoyed by all. Our school site is fully enabled for Wi-Fi and we have several computer rooms which can be used throughout the school day and beyond. Sixth Formers also have the option of using the state-of-the-art Fitness Suite and indoor swimming pool in their free time.