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

Show Jumping Team celebrate win at Balmoral Show

Congratulations to the RSD Show Jumping Team for being placed 3rd in the Schools’ Show Jumping Championship, held at Balmoral Show on Saturday. The team consisted of Erin Mathieson (Year 8), Emma-Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith (both Year 11) and Tori Showkum (Year 14).

Sixth Form Open Afternoon

The Royal School Dungannon would like to invite Year 12 pupils and their parents to their Sixth Form Open Afternoon on Wednesday 1st May at 2.00pm.

Aspire attend Young Enterprise NI Finals and awards ceremony

Aspire attended the Young Enterprise NI Finals and awards ceremony at Belfast City hall on Thursday 11th April.

Sixth Form RE pupils attend CS Lewis Lecture

Sixth Form RE pupils attended a lecture entitled “CS Lewis and the Imagination” in the campus of Stranmillis University College, Belfast. The esteemed CS Lewis scholar Dr Jerry Root from Wheaton College, USA, gave an engaging and informative lecture on CS Lewis to a packed lecture theatre.

Senior Girls Tag Rugby team pipped at the post

Well done to our Senior Girls Tag Rugby team who finished as runners up in the Danske Bank Schools Cup competition.  The girls finished at the top of their group after beating Victoria College 4 tries to 0. Tries came from Sarah Shrestha (Year 12), Lucy Turkington...

Millennium Volunteer Award Recipients

RSD would like to congratulate the following nineteen pupils who recently completed their 200 Hour Certificate for the Millennium Volunteers Award. Between them, this amounts to a staggering total of over 3000 hours of volunteering.

Young Enterprise team Aspire win ‘Innovative Product Award’ and ‘Runner Up Company’

Year 13 pupils in the Young Enterprise team ‘Aspire’ won ‘Innovative Product Award’ and ‘Runner Up Company’ at the trade fair held at Rushmere shopping centre on 8th February, selling their well-being journal.

Young Artists Exhibition 2019

Royal School Dungannon and St. Patrick’s Academy, Young Artists Exhibition 2019.

Young Artists Exhibition 2019

The Royal School Dungannon and St. Patrick’s Academy present their annual joint ‘Young Artists Exhibition’ at the Linen Green.  The opening night will be on Tuesday 5th February at 19:00 and the display will run from 6th–21st February.

Boarding Christmas Dinner 2018

Thursday the 12th of December was our boarders Christmas dinner. We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas before heading home to our own families, keeping up the festive spirit .Thanks to the kitchen staff for a delicious meal and to our Upper Sixth for fantastic...

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