At d’Overbroeck’s, we offer a well-rounded education to give students the best possible chance of success in their future endeavours. In addition to studying GCSEs or A levels, we also provide opportunities for sport and activities as well as teaching a range of academic enrichment programmes. In the Sixth Form, this includes the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), d’Overbroeck’s Plus and our Oxbridge and medical preparation programme. Most of our students will participate in at least one of these during their time with us.
Sport and Activities
We run a rich and varied programme of sports and activities for all our students from ages 11-18. Whether you’re competing in sport at a national level, a budding musician or want to perform on the stage, we have something for you. In addition to sports and activities in each part of the school, we also encourage students to get involved in activities that involve the whole school, such as our annual Drama production and the Winter Concert.
The Sixth Form
In the Sixth Form, each student has a dedicated Director of Studies (DoS) who will support them and will help them achieve their ambitions when they progress on from d’Overbroeck’s at the end of Upper Sixth. We encourage all our Sixth Form students to undertake one of the following programmes in addition to their chosen A levels. These academic enrichment programmes provide our students with the breadth and depth of knowledge and transferable skills that they will need to be successful in their next steps, whatever they may be.
An EPQ gives every student in the Sixth Form the opportunity to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project in addition to studying for their three main A levels. Benefits of studying this qualification include:
- giving students the opportunity to choose their own topic to research
- making students responsible for their own learning and development
- inspiring and motivating students who complete the project by giving them greater confidence and a sense of achievement
- teaching new skills, such as independent research, project management, self-directed learning and multimedia presentation technique
As well as providing students with a competitive edge when applying to top universities, the EPQ offers students a genuine opportunity to engage in high level research or to plan and produce a creative product, all in a supportive environment.
d’Overbroeck’s Plus is a bespoke programme to enable students to take themselves beyond A level.If students want to attend a top university, not only must they have the right grades, they must also be a strong applicant, able to demonstrate ‘super-curricular’ involvement – showing that they have gone well beyond the demands of the A level syllabus to learn more about their subject. Good grades at A level are essential but not enough for many universities-students need to show what they do beyond A level.
d’Overbroeck’s Plus begins in the first term of Lower Sixth. Students can join one or more ‘plus’ sessions in the subject of their choice, studying a programme that goes well beyond work covered in the A level syllabus. The exact amount of tuition involved will vary according to individual needs, but will normally be one or two hours every two weeks. In addition to their normal A level workload, students will be expected to spend several hours a week on their d’Overbroeck’s Plus studies.
For students wishing to study at the UK’s most competitive universities, achieving the top A level grades is not enough. You need to also show a genuine passion for your subject and a willingness to stretch yourself academically. On this programme, students receive expert advice and guidance to give them the best possible chance of gaining a place at their university of choice. Students are assigned a personal tutor – a subject expert who monitors a personalised programme of study to stretch the student beyond the demands of A levels. Students attend individual and small-group sessions, designed to model the Oxbridge tutorial system and, later on, are given extensive formal mock interview practice. We also provide opportunities to attend Open Days locally in Oxford and help students arrange individual visits to Cambridge Open Days.
University and careers guidance at d’Overbroeck’s begins almost as soon as students start the Sixth Form. For instance, discussions on future pathways inform subject choice advice: some students know what they want to do and may need specific subjects to help them get there, others have no idea and need subjects that will keep doors open. Whatever students are planning to do after A levels, what they do during Sixth Form can make a difference, so we provide support for them to take on work experience, volunteering, extra research and reading and competitions. All of these activities help both to prepare students for the next stage and give them an extra edge in their efforts to get there.
The aim of our Higher Education & Careers Programme is simple. We run a programme of events that are designed to help students make informed choices about what they want to do at the next stage of their educational careers. We aim to ensure that such guidance is accurate, well informed, up to date and impartial. Ultimately, we seek to encourage students to fulfil their personal potential and goals.