Gunnersbury is rightly proud of the outstanding contributions that Sixth Form students make to the school and wider communities. The school works with senior students to provide opportunities to develop key skills for future employment and to broaden the Sixth Form experience in areas of cultural, moral, social, spiritual, economic and health education.
An integral element in nurturing our senior students is the work that we do to recognise and celebrate successes and achievements. Each Sixth Former has an opportunity to become a Prefect (Year 12) or Senior Prefect (Year 13). Their responsibilities are to represent student opinion on the Senior School Council, lower School Council and Prefect Team, working with Heads of Year and Form Tutors to play an active role in the development of our Sixth Form and in its’ day to day management and in supporting many key aspects of the whole school community. This is a most challenging and rewarding role.
In the autumn and summer terms, students are nominated by subject staff to receive one of the school ‘colours’ in recognition of contributions made to their academic studies, the life of the Sixth Form or the school as a whole. Colours are awarded in a very special Assembly, led by senior staff and are awarded in the following fields : citizenship, academic achievement, achievement in the arts and achievement in sports.
Opportunities to strengthen senior student's personal and leadership skills and to increase their employability and economic well-being are available through a range of accredited activities including :
· Community Volunteering Programme
· Environmental initiatives
· Eco Committee
· Spiritual Life Committee
· Year 7 ‘Toe by Toe’ paired reading programme
· Fair Trade and political awareness
· Justice and Peace Group
· Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
· University of London Masterclasses
· Eton Summer School
· Prime Minister's Fellowship
· Bank of America's Future Leaders Programme
· Sutton Trust Summer Schools
· Social Mobility Foundation Internships
· Rotary Club Young Leaders Scheme
· BAA Senior Engineering Challenge
· Junior Sports Leader Award
· Language Leader Award
· Literacy Leader Award
· Maths Leader Award
· Study tours (to the USA, France, Spain, Italy, Iceland and Eastern Europe)
· First 15 Rugby team and football team
· Girl’s sports
· Jazz Band and Gospel Choir
We have a close working relationship with Somerville College (Oxford), Pembroke College (Cambridge), Imperial College and UCL, where our Sixth Formers have access to a range of subject specific Masterclasses and lectures as well as mentoring programmes to support students who aspire to an Oxbridge education.