Fifth Form Prepare For Their Final Two Years At Lancing College

In the last week of term, Fifth Form pupils (next year’s Lower Sixth) enjoyed the annual "Transition to Sixth From" programme.

Post GCSE exams, this is a timely opportunity to turn pupils’ minds to their move into the Sixth Form at Lancing, providing post-exam relief and focus as well as the anticipation of a reconstituted year group joined by a significant cohort of new students.  

The four-day programme takes place in the final week of the term and provides opportunities for pupils to hear more about Sixth Form leadership opportunities such as Peer Supporters as well as the College’s approach to Sixth Form tutorials, mentoring of younger pupils, new opportunities like the Extended Project Qualification, and the importance of independent study. Pupils also enjoy taster lessons in their chosen subjects and advice on additional resources to get ahead of the game before the start of next term.

The summer holiday is also a good time to start looking ahead two years, when they will be heading off on the next phase of life beyond the College. Pupils were introduced to university preparation and applications in the UK and overseas, Degree Apprenticeships, CV writing, developing transferable skills, and Careers in Medicine.

More practical aspects of the Sixth Form were approached in sessions on Money Matters, Study Skills, "Neuroplasticity and the Teenage Brain," and some very concrete information on what the Sixth Form dress code should look like!

Some 20 members of staff are involved in delivering the Transition programme through whole-year sessions, group activities, seminars, and workshops.

Commenting on the programme, Mrs Dugdale, Senior Deputy Head, said:

It was excellent to see the year re-gathered after their GCSEs and to note their individual and collective focus and ambition for the future. They were a superb group to work with, and they go off to their long summer break with reading lists, plans for work experience, and an understanding of next steps, both immediate and longer-term. They look absolutely ready to don the mantle of leadership in the Sixth Form next year.


Leavers from 2023 have commented in Exit Interviews:

"The support at Lancing has helped me grow and gain independence."

"Academically, I feel hugely prepared. This has improved my diligence, work ethic, and motivation."

"I really liked that I could choose my tutor for Sixth Form." 

"Lancing has a closeness of individuals across the cultural divides and a sense of community within and beyond the Houses."