Why Choose our Sixth Form

Choice is the key word here: you have chosen to stay on in education in order to improve your qualifications and widen your range of opportunities. You will also have the chance to meet the challenge of setting a positive example to our younger students.

We will give you guidance, tuition and encouragement, but it is also the chance to be more responsible for your own studies and time management that provides the really exciting opportunity to prepare for the world of further education and work.

Our exam results have been excellent in recent years and rank amongst the best in the North East. In the 2016 results we rated top 10 for A*-B grades in North East state schools. We continue to add value to GCSE success, rating Sig+ in the last 5/6 years.

If you attend all lessons, meet deadlines and take care with your work, then you should gain your optimum grades. If you are well organised and focused, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t also enjoy some of the extra-curricular activities available to our sixth formers. Sport, music and drama are just three of the areas that can lead to exciting and fulfilling projects.

Our students are given the opportunity to take part in important school decision – making by being a form representative on the Sixth Form Council. Our senior students, democratically elected, represent the school as a whole, at a variety of events and functions. You, the students, also organise the highly successful Charities Campaign, Twelfth Night Ball and Leavers’ Dinner.

The decision to extend your education at the Duchess’s High School is a vital one, and we are here to help you make these choices that should result in much greater opportunities for you.

Applications from new students to the school are welcomed. New students joining us integrate very successfully into our Sixth Form and each year make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Work hard, take responsibility and enjoy what’s on offer in our Sixth Form. Past experience tells us that your time here will be fulfilling and memorable!