'Leaving Lancing' – Sixth Form pupils prepare to live independently

The Sixth Form is a busy time for pupils as they prepare for A Levels; their next destination will be university, a gap year or straight into the world of work - to live, work and study independently.

An integral part of our pupils’ preparation is the Leaving Lancing programme, which aims to enhance their ability to thrive independently. Pupils will already have a range of skills and therefore the sessions are optional, however we find that many choose to attend. Feedback from our Sixth Form leaver interviews indicates that pupils really value these workshops and willingly offer suggestions for the following year. This ensures the topics remain up to date and reflect pupil interest.

This year Upper Sixth Form pupils have attended seminars and or workshops on:

  • Healthy and Wealthy, delivered by the Economics Department and the School Nurse
  • Self Defence: a practical class to learn how to take care of oneself
  • Mindfulness: an introduction to mediation, stress control and meditation
  • Freshers' Week: what to expect during the first week or two of university, a session held by our graduate assistants
  • Cookery: run in Houses across the term and led by House Matrons. The focus is on getting students to prepare student-friendly (cheap and nutritious) meals and to provide a bank of suitable recipes to keep them well fed while at university. 

In their final term there will be a weekly voluntary drop-in session for mindfulness to act as a stress buster during the exam period. There will also be a networking seminar run by the Foundation Office where pupils will be introduced to professional networking using the LinkedIn and Lancing Connected platforms, enabling them to access Lancing’s worldwide community of OLs.