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Welcome to the Sixth Form

Friends' School, Saffron Walden, Sixth Form, ArtWelcome to Friends’ School Sixth Form. All Sixth forms are very differ­ent from your GCSE years. However, not all Sixth forms are the same and ours is more differ­ent than most. Partly this is because we celeb­rate differ­ence in this school, but mostly it is on account of the special rela­tion­ships which can be forged in an atmo­sphere where every­one can know every­one else.

Sixth form is not just motiv­a­tion, applic­a­tion and exam­in­a­tion – so it matters more than ever that we offer more than just good teach­ing. I believe that it is much easier in a small community than in a large one for every indi­vidual to find his or her self, to be true to his or her self and to be true to others around them.

Not all people real­ize that the most import­ant abil­ity in life is to be able to make friends and enjoy a real and abid­ing friend­ship, and not merely to be able to ‘get along’ with acquaint­ances. This is a funda­mental ‘life skill’, but one which is fool­ish to leave till later to learn.

We aim to achieve good academic success and, in the jargon to provide ‘value-added’ for our students by help­ing them to achieve better grades than they might have achieved else­where. Over the years, however, we have been even more proud of the fact that what we have done best by our students is to see them leave after their two years for degree courses, voca­tional courses or employ­ment as confid­ent, mature people who are aware of their strengths and their weak­nesses and have come to accept both.

Arrog­ance is not a substi­tute for confid­ence and shyness not as becom­ing as modesty. We aim to produce likable, employ­able people, not manu­fac­tured by us but because we seek to find that of God and the Power of God, in every­one. That is our Quaker herit­age of which we were foun­ded and which are our continu­ing principles.

 

Good Schools' Guide - Review of Friends' SchoolClick here on on the logo on the left to see the review of Friends’ School in the Good Schools Guide.