Our Sixth Formers’ health and happiness is the school’s highest priority, and a supportive and positive atmosphere is key to this. Small class sizes and year groups also allow our staff to get to know each girl intimately, in order to help them achieve their goals.
Pastoral care is led by the Deputy Head and based on a close bond between each girl and their Form Tutor. This is further supported by a well-developed House structure and an innovative Peer Support system. We also have a full-time school nurse and a school counsellor on site at the Senior School.
Our team of Sixth Form tutors also provides exceptional pastoral care. Each one oversees approximately 15 students and a special relationship is formed based on mutual respect. Sixth Formers are also encouraged to seize every opportunity, from volunteering in the community, to helping Year 7 students with Maths. All with the aim of developing leadership and management skills as girls prepare for higher education and work.
The programme is put together by consulting the students themselves. Current topics include sexual health & awareness, safe driving, mindfulness, media and public speaking skills, life skills and voting and the electoral system.
Well-being is a planned programme of teaching and learning at Brighton Girls. We focus on developing girls as individuals, so that they leave school aware of their own abilities and confident in them. We also seek to foster spirituality and morality – inspiring sensitivity, tolerance and a sense of responsibility for themselves and society.
The four key strands are:
• Health and well-being
• Living in the wider world
• Work-related learning
Treating every pupil as an individual is at our core, and we do all we can to encourage those with special educational needs to grasp the opportunity to flourish in our school. Learning Support provision is also on hand to aid access to the mainstream curriculum.
Each girl passes through the two years of Sixth Form as part of a small tutor group – to provide support, advice and motivation. Tutor groups meet every morning to discuss any issues and share experiences. Girls are also assigned a House, and House Forms meet once a week. This means Sixth Formers mix with students of all ages at the school.
Other ways the school supports academic progress are:
• Specialist teaching in small groups
• Excellent higher education and careers advice, together with an annual Higher Education meeting with guest speakers from local universities
• Expert UCAS support
• Lunchtime and after-school clinics to enhance learning
• A specific Oxbridge Medic and Veterinary programme including entrance test preparation and interview practice
• Automatic membership of the GDST Alumnae Network. An amazing
organisation that can be invaluable for work placements and career guidance