A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL
The Immanuel College Sixth Form incorporates a variety of exciting opportunities in the academic, Jewish and extra-curricular spheres that cannot be experienced elsewhere. All students will find Immanuel sixthform life a fresh start, enabling them to prepare in the fullest way for life beyond school.
The many academic opportunities available ensure that sixth-formers are able to fulfil their potential and explore different areas of study. In addition to the traditional A Levels, the Sixth Form offers options such as Photography (with a state-of-the-art photographic suite) and History of Art. Our education is enriched by the weekly Friday morning lecture programme, when we are visited by speakers ranging from scientists and journalists to lawyers and politicians at the peak of their professions. This exposure enables us to broaden our horizons, deepen our awareness of global issues, to interact and ask questions and to think outside the box.
Sixth-form students are strongly supported by their tutors and subject teachers, which greatly eases the tricky transition from GCSE to A Level. Immanuel teachers foster excellent relationships with each individual whilst encouraging more independent learning in preparation for study at university level. At the same time, we benefit from much one-to-one guidance on our UCAS applications, with the Director of Sixth Form helping each of us intensively with the highly competitive and painstaking university-application process.
Extra-curricular activities gain a new dimension in the Sixth Form. On Thursdays, as well as sport (where the fully equipped gymnasium, fitness suite, football and cricket fields are available for students to use at their leisure), social action is offered as an alternative. A number of students are involved in activities such as visiting the elderly, making sandwiches for the homeless, and raising money for charity, both Jewish and secular. As peer and academic mentors, many sixthformers build strong relationships with younger students, both academically and socially, and help new pupils to adjust to school life. The School Council equally re-enforces the sixth-formers’ ability to be proactive in steering through exciting initiatives in school life, which, together with the prefectorial system, give students a taste of leadership not experienced elsewhere in the school. Jewish life in the Sixth Form accommodates everyone. There are great opportunities to lead the Jewish festival celebrations throughout the year. Sixth-formers are able to deepen their knowledge and spiritual growth in a variety of ways, such as by learning Gemarah and other Biblical texts with members of the Beit Midrash. If this is not for you, you can participate in the Chochma programme, which brings innovative speakers from all walks of life to shed a Jewish light on contemporary issues.
The Lower Sixth offers the opportunity to travel to Poland, which is a life-defining trip like no other.We experienced a great fluctuation of emotions in the shortest space of time, observing the stark distinction between the thriving Jewish life in Poland before the War, and the destruction that occurred during it.We returned proud to be Jewish, eager to probe, to question, and learn more about our heritage. The Poland Trip encouraged us to reflect on our lives, our goals, our identity, and our position in society.
Learning within the Immanuel Sixth Form is not just about obtaining the grades to gain admission into our chosen universities. It’s about growing and developing as individuals, building strong friendships, being role models, becoming more independent and responsible, and, not least, having fun!