The RHS sixth form experience is designed to be different, to provide the bridge between school and university or whatever you choose to do next. We aim to provide you with variety and options alongside the skills and experiences that will give you the confidence for life beyond RHS.


The Sixth Form might represent the last two years of your seven-year RHS journey or, if you’re joining us from another school, the start of an exciting new stage in your life, either way we hope it is a great way to conclude your time at school.

Don’t take our word for it, listen to what some of our current Sixth Formers have to say about the RHS experience in the video below:


Some of the elements that make the RHS Sixth Form distinct: 

  • June Welcome Day for new & existing pupils
  • Nelson House in Year 13 - our university-style, mixed accommodation
  • RHS Futures - Extensive university, careers & apprenticeship support
  • RHSExtra - talks & seminars on far-reaching topics from experts
  • RHS+ - six modules covering higher education and career applications; personal finance; healthy eating on a budget; study techniques; communication skills.
  • Alumni networking support & mentoring
  • Unrivalled co-curricular opportunities with over 80 plus clubs to join
  • Exceptional leadership challenges 


Whilst choosing just three subjects can be challenging, particularly as we offer such a wide variety of options, there are benefits from starting Year 12 with your three choices already made - these include maximising curriculum time for each A Level/BTEC subject and creating space in the timetable for an additional qualification (the elective).

Universities are clear they’re interested in pupils gaining the best grades possible in three subjects, and there’s plenty of guidance available from the RHS sixth form team on how to choose these.

Visit our Sixth Form subject pages to view your options and for further details about each course.

Sixth Form Subjects


Sixth form Enrichment


To complement the core curriculum and the elective subjects, we have devised a coherent programme for Year 12 aimed at preparing pupils for the independence of university and the world of work. Each pupil takes six modules lasting about half a term, each taking two periods a fortnight.

The six modules focus on higher education and career applications; managing personal finances; healthy eating on a budget; study techniques for the 21st century; and communication skills.


RHSXtra is a series of talks and seminars provided by staff and outside experts on topics that aim to broaden horizons and inspire curiosity. In addition, Elevate Education run sessions and workshops to help prepare pupils for public examinations.

Service and Sport

All pupils have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work, leadership and service, as well as balancing their academic commitments with sport and physical activity (two games sessions each week, one of which is on a Saturday afternoon), creating an excellent all-round sixth form education preparing our pupils for life beyond school.

Sixth Form News

Audrey's going to Yale!

Congratulations to Audrey Foley, a talented academic and sailing scholar, who has been offered early acceptance by Yale University to join their esteemed sailing team, the Yale Bulldogs. Audrey, a full international boarder in Year 13, from the United States, will commence her studies in Economics and Mathematics in September, becoming our first pupil to go on to study at Yale University. 

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Burns Night 2024

We celebrated Burns Night last weekend, a celebration filled with haggis, poetry, bagpipes, and dancing! On Friday, the RHSPA community came together to celebrate in style while on Saturday our Nelson House pupils danced the night away, moving to the tunes played by the incredible Shipsters. 

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Mock Interviews

Over the last two weeks, Year 13 pupils have been put through their paces with mock interviews, helping them develop valuable skills and confidence for real-life university, apprenticeship, and job interviews.    

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ILCA U21 World Championships!

Audrey F, Year 13, competed in the ILCA U21 World Championships in Morocco last month. Audrey has been waiting to compete at this event for several years as competitors must be between 17 and 20 years old. This was Audrey's first year of eligibility and she managed to secure 10th place - well done, Audrey!

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Trafalgar Night

Nelson House came together on Saturday 11 November, to celebrate Admiral Lord Nelson’s historic victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 with a formal dinner, as has been the tradition in the Royal Navy for well over 200 years. 

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Sailing Captain

We're delighted to introduce our newly appointed Sailing Captain, Georgie S! With a passion for the open sea that started at the age of 9, Georgie has been sailing at our school since joining in Year 7.  

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Blackett Family Lab

Daniella O, a Year 13 physicist, took part in an outreach programme, Representing Physics. The event saw 32 students of Black heritage engage in a 3-day programme, packed with activities and lectures and designed to showcase physics through different lenses. 

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Psychology Update

Our Year 13 psychologists recently embarked on a series of enriching experiences outside the classroom. They visited the University of Suffolk biopsychology lab and took part in a sociology crime lecture, as well as attending a psychology lecture on serial killers in Chelmsford. 

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Prefect Talk

In our first school assembly this term our Heads of School, Mathilda and Oliver, delivered their ‘Thought for the week’. Mathilda and Oliver asked themselves “What would my year 7 self think of me now”.

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Heads of School

We are delighted to announce that our Heads of School this year are Mathilda Ketterer and Oliver Goodwin-Day, supported by our Deputy Heads of School Daniil Dildyaev, Helena Mate, Tami Dada and Theo Gardiner.  

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Year 12 Induction

Freedom, independence and fun are all aspects of sixth form life. Our new cohort dived straight into the new term, and what could be a more fitting way to commence than by providing them with a glimpse of these elements. 

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Year 11 becomes Year 12 in our Post-GCSE programme!

Year 11 transitioned into Year 12 at the conclusion of the summer term as part of our annual Post-GCSE program.

After wrapping up their exams, students took a leisurely tour of Cambridge on punts, followed by a sunny afternoon of shopping.

Steve Beckles-Ebusua, also known as 'The Speaker with the Orange Tie,' entertained and motivated our pupils. He challenged them to reflect on their core values, overcome self-defeating habits, and cultivate resilience. This culminated in a Dragon's Den-style session, during which students conceived and presented ideas for a Sixth Form day centered around a core value associated with RHS Sixth Form. The creativity and maturity displayed in these ideas left the staff immensely impressed, and these days will undoubtedly take precedence in the upcoming academic year.

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Year 12 Devon Trip

🌍🚌 30 adventurous Year 12 geographers recently embarked on an unforgettable 5-day field trip to Somerset & Devon. 🗺️🌤️ They explored case study sites, gathering invaluable data for their coursework. A day with the geographical guru, David Holmes, and fascinating interviews with locals added depth to their experience!

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Meet Our Cricket Captains

Introducing Maisy, the Girls' 1st XI cricket captain in Year 13. Maisy has been playing cricket since Year 6 and enjoys the team spirit and positive environment that surrounds the sport. In addition to playing for the RHS 1st X1, she is also a member of the Copdock Cricket Club. 

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 Creative Futures Fair

Our Art Department held its very first Creative Futures Fair last week. Creative professionals, RHS alumni currently studying creative courses, and representatives from creative universities all attend the event. The fair aims to provide a glimpse into the various pathways available for creative degrees, careers, and futures.  

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Nelson BBQ

At the start of an important term for our Year 13 Nelson pupils, we know that there is a need for them to take some time to relax and spend some quality time together to help them to recharge. 

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Egg Babies

Year 12 were given egg babies to protect and look after for a week, some took this responsible more seriously than others - but we enjoyed seeing what they got up to. This is the first year we used polystyrene babies over real eggs - and perhaps this is the reason why some failed to form attachment to their egg babies.

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Year 12 Social

Following on from the glitz and glam of the Sixth Form Ball back in October, this term saw our Year 12s turn their hands to all things Arcade with a night of fun, competition and most importantly...dancing! 

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Report by Mr Johnson, Head of Academic Challenge : Eleven Year 12 pupils who are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge travelled to Cambridge University last Wednesday to tour some colleges and talk to academic staff about the admissions process and life at a Cambridge College. 

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Careers Fair

Our annual careers fair took place recently, where all pupils from Year 10 upwards had the opportunity to meet and listen to a variety of professionals from different sectors. 

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Why RHS?

Why choose RHS for Sixth Form? Set in 200 acres of stunning countryside between the River Stour estuary and Alton Water, there is plenty of space for you to take advantage of our wonderful facilities

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Mock Interviews

Our Sixth Form pupils experienced mock interviews over the course of 3 days last week, giving them the opportunity to improve and test their interview skills. Alumni and parents generously supported this initiative with their time and insight from a range of different industries.   

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Psychology Lecture

Our Year 13 Psychology pupils attended a talk by expert forensics lecturer Jennifer Rees to explore one of forensic psychology’s most troubling topics, serial killers. The 12 psychologists were able to discover how serial killers are classified and what differences there are between lust killers like Dennis Hader, the BTK Killer, and visionary (imagined voices or commands) killers such as David Berkowitz, Son of Sam. She was also used the opportunity to debunk common serial killer myths and used case studies to illustrate. 

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Car Wash

All our BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship pupils must create and run a business as part of their coursework. Theo G, in Year 13, has started a premium car washing business here at the school, called ‘Crisp Car Washing’.  

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From left to right; Rose Dixon, Joshua Okoruwa, Isabella Bunnag, Oliver Woods, Grace Gardiner and Toby Chavasse 

We are delighted to announce that the Heads of School for this year are Isabella Bunnag and Toby Chavasse, supported by the Deputy Heads of School, Rose Dixon, Grace Gardiner, Joshua Okoruwa and Oliver Woods. 

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Nelson Fancy Dress

This morning saw our final divisions rehearsal of the year take place ahead of tomorrow's Speech Day. Not only did our Year 13s in Nelson House bring out their best fancy dress costumes but pupils and staff were treated to a visit by Darth Vader.

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Scholarships, Awards and Means-Tested Bursaries

We offer a number of awards and means-tested bursaries for pupils entering the Sixth Form, ranging from academic to sports and music.

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