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

Ellen Awarded Top CCEA Candidate in GCSE Art and Design

We are delighted to congratulate Ellen Farquhar (Year 13) on being awarded first place in Northern Ireland for GCSE Art and Design.

Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

RSD’s Dramatic Society’s review of ‘Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass’

Great progress for Biodiversity Team

Year 10 and Year 13 pupils from St. Patrick’s Academy and RSD, took part this week in their Biodiversity three day camp, funded by TBUC. TBUC stands for Together Building United Communities.

A Level Physics pupils meet particle Physicist

Year 13 and 14 pupils Physics pupils meet particle physicist, Chris McNicol.

Caleb Awarded Top Candidate In CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics and Physics

Congratulations to Caleb Wilson (Year 13) on being awarded first place in Northern Ireland for GCSE Further Mathematics and second place in GCSE Physics with CCEA.

Business Ethics Workshop

Year 14 Business Studies and Economics pupils were invited to St. Patrick's Academy on Thursday for a very informative workshop on Business Ethics, delivered by RSD past pupil Dr Shirley Ann Haslett from Queens Management School. The workshop was part of the ESRC...

Sixth Form School Formal 2019

The Sixth Form RSD school formal this year was held on Thursday 10th October at Corick House Hotel and Spa.

Mentor Reading Programme

On Wednesday 16th October, ten pupils from RSD travelled to the Burnavon Theatre in Cookstown to participate in a paired reading course. RSD paired up with three...

Onatti Year 10-14 French Performance

The Onatti theatre group came to RSD to perform Les Garçons, one of their most successful French plays, for pupils in Years 10-14.

Biodiversity project with St. Patrick’s Academy

Last week pupils in Year 10 and Year 13 went to St. Patrick's Academy to take part in the second meeting for the Biodiversity...

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