Freedom to shine: The co-curriculum

We don’t do cookie-cutter students at South Hampstead Sixth Form. While universally outstanding exam results is one priority, universally different people is another.

Our co-curricular programme gives everyone the opportunity to shine in the fields of their choosing. Our society scene is always buzzing with new initiatives and events led by students. The Eco Committee, for example, has set ambitious targets for reducing waste within the school and Feminist Societies are thriving, with regular film screenings and incredible guest speakers. Our students love to talk and discuss, and debate flourishes here. Whether it’s addressing current affairs, philosophy or LGBTQ+ issues, there’s no holding back; some Sixth Form discussion groups have been compared to mini think-tanks.

Travel, adventure and exposure to foreign cultures are vital components of Sixth Form life. Many girls complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award here and good numbers participate in adventurous World Challenge expeditions. Study-related forays have included a History trip to Russia, Art trips to Japan and Florence, a Physics trip to the NASA headquarters in Orlando, and an Economics trip to New York. This is alongside a regular calendar of UK trips to museums, theatres and academic conferences.

Performers and directors feel right at home here. Every year, the Sixth Form produces its own independent play and stages a series of satirical performances that radiate a characteristic South Hampstead irreverence and wit – students even perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Our talented musicians, meanwhile, have the opportunity to lead their own choirs and many play instruments to an incredibly high standard; for those who just want to stretch their vocal chords, or bang their own drum, there are numerous musical groups to join too.

Staff stories

Mrs Pam Morgan
History Teacher
The effervescent curiosity of the girls and the warmth of the staff community are the key reasons for my long career here.
Cambridge graduate Mrs Morgan is our longest-serving teacher, having taught History for 27 years and Politics for 6 years here. She particularly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for Chinese History with Sixth Formers, many of whom go on to study History at university.

You’re able to reinvent yourself and try something new through all the clubs, societies and other opportunities.

Former Deputy Head Girl