Whilst the main focus of our efforts must be on student’s academic studies, an important feature of our ethos in the Sixth Form is that our students leave us with a broad, diverse and rich experience.
There are opportunities to play a range of individual and team sports and to take part in music and drama. But more than this, students can participate in activities as diverse as Debating Club, the Amnesty group, the National Mathematics Challenge and Biology Olympiads, public speaking, Sherborne Radio and Mindfulness to name but a few.
At The Gryphon School we have no doubt that our students will go on to be the future leaders, in their chosen fields. Many of the opportunities available help them to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and potential. For example Sixth Form students have the opportunity to become prefects and assist in whole school activities, such as the Carol Service or helping to organise school photo day!
All tutor groups have a representative on the sixth form council, members of which run the whole school council. Two students also take on the role of student Governors. Our sixth form students can become a mentor for lower school students, for which they will receive training and support and all Year 12 students are linked with a Year 7 student in a new ‘paired reading’ project.
Year 12 students participate in our popular Business and Enterprise day event, competing in groups against each other to launch a new business initiative. Through PSHE, students experience talks on the importance of driver awareness and how to budget whilst more practical sessions offer, for example, self defence and cooking on a budget. There is considerable support and guidance for University applications and careers opportunities. A range of professionals are invited to speak at our popular ‘Careers Café’ and, for students not proceeding to Higher Education we offer a broad range of workshops covering a range of relevant employment issues from training opportunities to help with CVs and job applications.
Every Wednesday afternoon, a wide range of sporting activities are offered both in school and off-site. Team sports include rugby, football, cricket, and hockey and there is the opportunity for students to play Badminton, tennis, basketball and dodge ball! Students can follow these activities, for fun, to keep fit and healthy or compete at a higher level. There is also a fully equipped gym.
For those who have creative talents there is a choir, a big band and various ensembles. Students are encouraged to take part in traditional music concerts as well as Battle of the Bands. There is the opportunity to be part of whole school drama / musical productions such as We Will Rock You in December 2014, both on and behind the stage. Alternatively students may support our annual entry in the National Rock Challenge.
Curriculum work is supported and enriched by visits to theatres and local businesses, geography fieldwork and visits to Europe and beyond. Some of these involve a year of planning and fund raising such as our 2012 trip to Rwanda. These extra challenges, along with everything else on offer, provide the opportunities our students need to develop the transferable skills that they will need to succeed in the competitive world beyond school.