Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ Sixth Form
The Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ Sixth Form provides students with an unmatched opportunity to gain and to give a great deal. Not only will they rise to the challenges of Advanced academic study, but through the duties and responsibilities expected of them, they will play, for the first time, a real and stimulating part in running the school.
In addition, the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered at this stage will enable girls to develop those essential personal and social skills that, together with high academic achievement will give them such an advantage over their contemporaries when they apply to, and enter, Higher Education. It is a unique benefit of belonging to a traditional single-sex Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Prospectus
Message from the Headmistress
At Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, in a caring single sex environment. We hope to fulfil the aspirations of the students, teachers and parents using the best of modern technologies, together with traditional teaching methods. We encourage the development of knowledge, skills and confidence for the worlds of study, work and family, as well as within the wider social context. We know that girls leave MTGS as articulate, confident young women, whose achievements both in and outside school are recognised and valued. They leave equipped to go out into the world and make a difference.
A Sixth Form Education at MTGS brings together everything that is best about post 16 education. There is an extensive range of opportunities: academic, extra curricular and social. We are fully committed to offering the experiences in all the areas that top universities look out for: leadership, teamwork, work experience, personal skills and voluntary work.
Our school has earned a well deserved reputation for academic excellence. There are statistics that show that girls perform best at Advanced Level in single sex girls’ schools.
The high quality of teaching here is exacting, knowledgeable and personal; the warmth of student teacher relationships is not at the expense of academic rigour or challenge. The atmosphere in classrooms is calm, friendly and disciplined. Academically, you will be encouraged to stretch yourself, whilst having the chance to develop and excel in many other ways.
Selecting MTGS to take your education forward is a wise choice.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to the learning community of Sixth Form students.
Mrs Louise Robinson
Academic Guidance and Pastoral Care
With greater emphasis on private study, self discipline and self motivation, students in the Sixth Form receive a great deal of individual attention and support from personal tutors and the pastoral care team.
Each student is placed in a tutor group of approximately twelve to fourteen students and it is through the tutor’s daily contact that unobtrusive care is exercised. The tutor will normally be the first person to whom a student will turn for help or advice.
Tutor time in the Upper Sixth is used in a variety of ways such as personal contact time with the tutor, careers information and, most importantly, preparation for university applications and life beyond school.
In the Lower Sixth, students participate in a structured programme of PSHE.
Students also benefit from their own dedicated Sixth Form Centre, complete with study areas, a sixth form computer room, café style eating area and kitchen.
We encourage our students to think for themselves and make informed decisions. To help them in this, we provide a continuous, structured programme of careers guidance. Close relationships between staff and students ensure that careers advice is based upon a real understanding of each person’s abilities and aspirations.
The Head of Careers, Mrs V Mee, is responsible for the careers education in the school. All students complete the COA “Centigrade” Higher Education questionnaire and receive individual guidance on the opportunities available at Universities, Colleges of Higher Education or in employment.
Information is available concerning Open Days at Higher Education establishments, and attendance at sixth form conferences, ‘taster’ courses and ISCO Careers Experience courses is encouraged. Further opportunities for Work Experience placements are also available.
Click here for the Sixth Form section of the Careers’ Website
The very well stocked Careers Library is open all day.
Most of our sixth form students move on to higher education and we regard it as very important to equip them with the skills and self-discipline they will need at university. The Sixth Form Centre, and a teaching style which encourages independent thought, enable Sixth Formers to take university in their stride. The transition from Year 11 to Sixth Form is carefully and sensitively managed because the style of learning is so different at this stage.
Advanced Level Subject Choices
Advanced Level Subjects (AS / A2) may be chosen from the following:
ART & DESIGN
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Information for Lower Sixth
Beyond Advanced Level
We are delighted that analysis of the choices made by our students in recent years for their university destination and course portrays such a strong picture. This reflects our strong tradition of preparing students well for their applications to prestigious universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and the Russell Group members (the top universities in the UK), together with entry into a wide variety of well respected courses.
Top 10 Universities (in alphabetical order as chosen by girls at MTGS)
London University Colleges
Top 10 Subject Choices (in rank order as chosen by girls at MTGS)
Modern Foreign Languages
English and English with other subjects
Sciences (forensic, physical, natural, biological, biomedical,…)
Educational Studies (primary secondary,…)
Classics/ Classical Civilisation/ Ancient History
Sixth Form Committees
In addition to the wide and varied programme of Extra Curricular provision in the school that the girls have already benefited from, as Sixth Formers, they will revel in the opportunity to become even more involved in the daily life of the school.
The Sixth Form Committees provide students with the chance to take leadership roles:
FORM ASSISTANTS AND JUNIOR SOCIETIES
Form Assistants are required to help form teachers when asked, especially during form time and when charity events are held. Whilst offering a ‘listening ear’ they need to gain the respect of their form and can be valuable in identifying and solving problems among its members; organisational skills and the ability to gain the group’s attention can be important.
Junior Societies e.g. Drama or Debating will run at the instigation of Sixth Formers, meeting the needs and reflecting the interests of both the participants and the organisers and providing further opportunity to show initiative, leadership and commitment.
SIXTH FORM LISTENING SERVICE
Girls involved in this will receive instruction, from a professionally trained person, early in the Autumn Term. During lunch time, they will be available (on a rota system) to listen to problems that younger girls wish to discuss with them. However, any serious matter is referred immediately to the Pastoral Counsellor, with whom this committee liaises closely at all times.
Under the guidance of a member of staff the Charity Committee co-ordinates fund raising and giving, often with the help of the Form Assistants. The Committee members have the opportunity to be inventive and persuasive and are particularly active at Harvest, Christmas and Easter when gifts may be distributed in the neighbourhood and to some of our voluntary service contacts.
Under the guidance of Mrs Barry, the Library Committee ensures the smooth running of the Library, checking and cataloguing books and encouraging prompt return of borrowed volumes. Regular and frequent duties and meetings are involved but there is also the opportunity to become familiar with the stocks of books related particularly to your subjects.
Under the guidance of a member of staff, members of the Magazine Committee commission or write articles, interview contributors and organise the illustration, editing, printing and sale of the finished magazine. Membership of the Committee allows the development of writing, artistic and publishing skills.
SNACK SHACK COMMITTEE
The Snack Shack Committee purchases stock, and is responsible for the day to day running of accounts for the Sixth Form Vending Machine. Retail, financial, promotional, personnel and public-relation skills are all required and can be developed in this very successful venture requiring commitment and stamina to meet its daily operational demands.
Under the guidance of the Marketing staff this committee offers sixth formers the chance to gain an insight into a career in marketing. The committee will undertake a project that they will organise and co-ordinate themselves and will give them the opportunity to be creative and imaginative. The work produced by the committee will feature amongst the Schools’ marketing materials.
Here at MTGS we have a strong tradition of voluntary work in the wider community and we encourage pupils to use their skills and talents to help others. Sixth Formers undertake Community Service each Wednesday afternoon in a wide range of placements. These include:
- assisting in primary schools
- working with young people with special needs
- helping in charity shops
- working with the Stroke Association
- helping on the wards in a hospital
- coaching rowing
- helping at Age Concern Lunch Club
Each year our Sixth Formers carry out over 6,000 hours of voluntary service and some have achieved national recognition for their efforts. All girls can participate in the V-inspired programme and gain awards for 50, 100 and 200 hours of service. Our pupils recognise that they derive a great deal of satisfaction from the work they do, and in many cases this experience helps them to decide their future career path. They also develop a range of important skills through their placements, which will be invaluable as they progress to university and the world of work.
Sixth Form Dress Code
- Black suit or trouser suit.
- Hip length jacket, black buttons – no coloured external stitching.
- Flared / bootleg trousers – not too baggy or with turn ups.
- Straight, knee length skirt.
- Plain material, cotton / polyester – not denim, leather, linen, corduroy, or lightweight fabric.
- No waistcoats.
- Pale blue blouse or blue striped blouse.
- Black tights or natural coloured tights (not patterned).
- Black shoes with a sensible heel – no sling backs or backless shoes. Ankle boots may be worn with trousers.
- Black outdoor coat without fur or other trimmings – not to be worn around school.
- Scarf – not to be worn around school.
- Discreet jewellery – pierced ears only. No nose, eyebrow or tongue studs or multiple ear piercing.
- Natural hair colour / highlights.
- In winter a plain v-neck jumper may be worn in addition to suit jacket not instead of suit jacket