The College Year — Highlights
An enormous variety of events, trips and performances take place over the course of the year. The following are a few examples, to give you a taste of the d'Overbroeck's year.
Your first days
When you start at d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form, you won't be on your own: this year, nearly a hundred students joined us from other schools. Everyone will be finding their feet at the same time – so it will be easy to make friends.
As you'd expect, we'll show you round and give you your timetable. You'll also meet your Director of StudiesEvery student has a Director of Studies – or 'DoS'. You might think of your DoS as equivalent to a Form Tutor or House Master. But the difference is that each DoS looks after only a handful of students – and will meet with you regularly, one-to-one. You'll go through predicted grades and chat about your progress (academic or pastoral), and your DoS will help you at every stage of the university application process. and the Heads of Subject for your chosen A levels – and sign up for some of the many activities and sports on offer, at a freshers' fair-style event.
The following day, you'll get straight into lessons. But your Director of Studies and subject teachers will be on hand to offer help and advice throughout your time here — and beyond!
Often, specific subjects will have their own events. If you choose Business Studies, for instance, you'll take part in Enterprise Day, during which you might find yourself brainstorming entrepreneurial ideas or making Dragons' Den style pitches.
If you're a musician or an actor, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of opportunities to perform. We always end our first term with the Winter Recital – at which performances are as eclectic as they are impressive. Read about this year's recital on our blog
Every year we put on a major drama production. Last year's was the award-winning Death & The Egyptians; this year's will be Guys & Dolls. Performed over several nights in a professional theatre, the production is a major highlight of the College calendar. Read more about drama.
For students of History A level, there's a popular annual trip to Russia during the Easter holidays. This is just one example of the numerous subject-related trips taking place throughout the year – others include visits to Art galleries (Art), a tour of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Science) and trips to see plays at various theatres (English/Drama)