Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at RSD is probably where the sense of a community is most obvious as the relationship between pupils and staff blossoms into a sense of working together for a common purpose. Young men and women in the Sixth Form are expected to accept responsibility and to learn to play the role of organiser and leader.

The teams of Prefects and House officials play a vital role in organising and administering a host of School events but their maturity and loyalty is simply indicative of a much broader attitude within the Sixth Form.

Life in the Sixth Form is in some ways similar to being a pupil lower down the School but there are also key differences. One of the biggest changes is that in studying four AS Levels in Year 13 and (usually) three A Levels in Year 14, pupils find themselves with ‘free’ periods. Making use of that time is crucial and Sixth Formers are expected to work independently and to show initiative in prioritising what to study and the resources to use.

The Library, the Murray Study, the Sixth Form Centre Study Area (known affectionately as the Box) are all available to help; and there are extensive ICT facilities as well as the opportunity to ‘bring your own device’. Pupils can also elect to spend some of their ‘free’ periods in the Sixth Form Centre and relax with a cup of tea or coffee as they plan the next big School event, such as the Formal, or organise teams, clubs and House activities.

The curriculum in the Sixth Form is traditionally academic as the vast majority of RSD pupils gain entry to university, including Oxford and Cambridge and the high performing Russell Group universities such as Queen’s University Belfast. A number of pupils also enter the newer universities, including Ulster University, to take courses which are often contemporary in focus and attractive to employers.

In recent years, the RSD curriculum has been extended, with more vocational or applied subjects added, and there is now a much broader range of options for A Level study.

A broader ‘enrichment’ curriculum allows pupils to study non-examination Religious Education, to participate in Physical Education and Games, help with charities, participate in the Young Enterprise scheme and work in the community, such as at Sperrinview Special School.

Add to this the regular visits to academic conferences, fieldwork trips and trips overseas, such as to Rome, Paris, Madrid and London, and it is easy to see why so many RSD Sixth Formers develop such a strong affinity with the School.

Take a look at the A Level subjects you can choose from.

Sixth Form News Articles

A talk from Logos Ministries International

It was a delight to welcome back past pupil Matthew Winning to RSD. As part of his work with LMI (Logos Ministries International). On 7th December, Matthew spoke to the Sixth Form pupils on the topics: Modern Day Persecution and Why does God Allow Suffering? The pupils found the sessions both informative and beneficial in their R.E. studies and would like to thank LMI for taking the time to share their knowledge and expertise with them.

A superb evening at the Bardic Theatre

A-Level English Literature students attended a very witty and superbly acted performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” in the Bardic Theatre this week. It was a really enjoyable outing, made more special by the performance of current pupil Jake Sinnamon and past pupil Joshua Cuddy.

Celebrating Success | Genna Gilpin

Last week, 3 of our students attended the One World event held in Belfast. Sophie-Jean Knox and Jayne Courtney attended the opening conference for this event, while Genna Gilpin from Mid Ulster Youth Voice received a sponsored place through Mid Ulster District...

Celebrating Success | Stacey Jardine & Emma Falls

On Friday 29th September Stacey Jardine and Emma Falls (Year 14) were invited to the 50th birthday celebrations of Magilligan Field Centre. The girls spoke about their experiences while completing their...

Sixth Form Breakfast

The Sixth Form enjoyed a Charities breakfast on Friday 29th September which was the morning after the formal.  In...

A Prize Day we’ll never forget | A Student Perspective

It’s September – so it’s School Prize Day! Having sat through the usual formalities of speeches, the long list of achievements and activities of the previous academic year, words of wisdom and thanks, I settled in to listen to the Guest of Honour’s speech. This year...

Reading Mentors at RSD

Congratulations to all our Reading mentors and mentees for all their hard work this year

Good luck to our Dilworth scholars!

Congratulations to our new Dilworth Scholars; Joel Dickey, Alfie Lewis, Chloe Acheson & Annabel Davidson. We are so proud to be sending these 4 amazing young people to Dilworth School in New Zealand, we hope they all have an amazing year!

Year 13 Artists visit Ulster Museum and Degree Show

Year 13 pupils enjoyed a trip to Belfast last week to visit the Ulster Museum and to attend the University of Ulster Degree show

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