Academic Life

The STAHS Sixth Form is built around the STAHS Diploma, which provides the framework on which the curriculum, super-curriculum and co-curriculum hangs. There is so much more to the Sixth Form than academics, but academic study remains central to what we do at STAHS. Our commitment to providing our students with world-class teaching, exceptional extension beyond the examined curriculum and additional opportunities to engage with their subjects through masterclasses and professional lectures means that STAHS Sixth Formers go on to take up places at the best universities in the UK and abroad, and can springboard into phenomenal careers.


We expect most students to start on four A levels when they begin Year 12, with many going on to complete all four. Some will drop one of their subjects through the course of Year 12 and complete 3 A levels, often with the addition of an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or an AS level (available in selected subjects). All students are paired with a Subject Mentor at the end of Year 12 to support them as they prepare for university entry. Subject Mentors are teachers with an academic background closely related to the field of study that the students wish to pursue.


Every academic department devotes significant time to enabling student-led, individually developed project work or further learning beyond the confines of the examined curriculum. Most students produce original research or other work from their engagement with the STAHS super-curriculum.


STAHS Sixth Formers attend a fortnightly lunchtime lecture series, where they are entertained and educated by leading academics, entrepreneurs and professionals. Our guest speakers are treated to a special three-course lunch, hosted by a group of Sixth Form students with a special interest in their area of expertise. Parents and alumni are welcome to attend the lectures, which are also open to students in Years 10 and 11.