David Hallen, Head of Sixth
Godolphin Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength and with numbers set to continue to climb in the coming years, Godolphin is delighted to announce that the Jerred Study Centre will be re-purposed into a weekly boarding house from September 2020. This significant and forward-looking investment will allow the school to accommodate all full, weekly, mid-week and flexi-boarders, as well as provide integrated study spaces for day students across both Sixth Form houses.
Not only does boarding in the Sixth Form allow students the time and space to really focus on their studies and co-curricular commitments, but it also provides a supportive and dynamic environment that best prepares our students for life after Godolphin.
Jerred House will become a weekly boarding house and will see a significant investment in redecoration and resources, matching the significant improvements already made to the ground floor, which have been so successful for the last three years. School House will remain the house of choice for our full Boarders, but also welcome some weekly Boarders and Sarums, ensuring that both houses are fully integrated. By September 2020, both houses will share a fresh and welcoming look, ready for our growing Sixth Form to enjoy.
Head of Sixth Form, David Hallen, said “Central to this success is the dynamic learning environment in which the students can achieve their best, in a warm and supportive setting. By investing in this development, I feel as though we are hitting an excellent balance between giving our students the facilities they need to succeed and allowing them the educational and individual freedom that young people need in a Sixth Form.”
As numbers continue to grow, more members of the community will be able to engage with and benefit from the exceptional Elizabeth Godolphin Award and Bright Futures programmes.
The Bright Futures Resource Centre, based in Jerred House, is the hub of our school-wide careers initiative, and every day students make use of the resources to help them develop their ambitions and aspirations. Visiting speakers, in-house expertise, a wide range of resources and an investment in every individual student are at the core of this programme. Bethan Ferguson, Head of the Bright Futures programme, comments that “It is vital that students have access to up-to-date advice, resources and role models as they move through the school, and especially in the Sixth Form. Our Bright Futures programme brings our students together with Alumnae working in exciting and forward-thinking industries, the arts and culture, health and STEM environments as well as providing a wealth of directions when it comes to career, university and employment options.”
The strength of the Sixth Form at Godolphin isn’t just rooted in the fabric of the buildings, but in the philosophy that by teaching the students how to reflect on their experiences, helping them to identify their ambitions and giving them the resilience to achieve their purpose, the school offers every individual student an education for life. At the heart of this is the Elizabeth Godolphin Award, a scheme in which every student participates, and which really defines the Sixth Form experience. Anything from lessons in budgeting to car maintenance or student cookery to CV writing, volunteering with local and national charities, health education and seminars, inspiring lectures and workshops from visitors such as Sir Simon Schama, John Perry and Bold Voices can form the core events throughout a term. And, according to David Hallen “it is this depth and breadth of opportunity that is the hallmark of a Sixth Form education at Godolphin”.