The best thing about Sixth Form at City of London School for Girls is the chance to experience so much more than just the subjects you are studying. The learning environment is really special; being around people that want to learn and do well and teachers who are passionate about their subject means that there is never a dull moment and lessons are interesting and engaging.
Joining City was a massive challenge for me; living on the outskirts of London and attending a large comprehensive I was unsure whether or not I was going to fit in. Within the first few days, however, it was evident that joining City really was a fantastic decision. The friendly and laidback atmosphere at City is really distinctive. At the heart of this is the common room where Years 12 and 13 can hang out, drink coffee and tea, play games, listen to music and of course study in free periods! What is great about the environment here is that the year group is small enough so that you quickly get to know everybody, and the buddy system, whereby new girls are paired up with another girl who is in their form group and some of their lessons, really helps to ease the integration process.
The Careers Department at City makes you aware of so many unique opportunities such as volunteering places, work experience placements, competitions, university open days and upcoming lectures. Through this I secured a work experience placement at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, an incredible chance to learn more about the important work of the United Nations as well as receiving career and university advice tailored to work in international relations. Other girls have used opportunities from the Careers Department to get involved in charity work, such as an orphanage placement in Romania, secure a job at the Tate, as well as enter university competitions such as the Lancaster University Writing award for criticism and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge History essay competition – and win!
Studying A Levels at City gives you access to a vast array of resources. The common room is equipped with Apple Macs, a projector, speakers and printers, and the library has hundreds of books including plenty related to subjects studied at A Level making it easy to read widely around your subjects. In Year 13, girls are also allowed to study in the Barbican Library and make use of the considerable range of resources available there. The location of City in the centre of London also means you can take advantage of museums, galleries, exhibitions and lectures going on. My subject combination at AS (English, History, Geography and Philosophy) has meant I have visited the British Museum for History exhibitions, heard lectures at LSE, UCL, Kings College and SOAS, attended a talk by Baroness Helena Kennedy for the Prisoners Education Trust and Richard Dawkins at the New College of Humanities, as well as visiting the Freud Museum in Hammersmith.