Alasdair MacPherson, Head of Sixth Form
d’Overbroeck’s started life as a Sixth Form. Over the years, we have evolved and grown to become a successful 11 – 18 school; yet we remain a school with a big, thriving and high-achieving Sixth Form.
With some 260 students in the Lower and Upper Sixth taken together, the Sixth Form is the biggest part of our school. In addition to our own Year 11s progressing through, we have a substantial intake of new students (some 90+) who join our Lower Sixth each year – a mix of day students and boarders; of students who choose to move to d’Overbroeck’s from other independent and state schools locally, from other parts of the UK and from abroad.
Why do they choose to do so? There are, of course, as many different reasons as there are students. Predominantly, though, the reasons lie in the combination of the compellingly distinctive ethos and more ‘grown up’ environment that we have here, the quality of teaching and pastoral care that we provide and the high calibre of our students’ academic and other achievements.
The fact that we also offer an unusually broad range of subjects at A level and give students the flexibility to choose the combination of subjects that best fits their strengths, interests and future aspirations is another draw for many of our prospective students.
We set ourselves the goal of offering an outstanding sixth form education, and we mean this in the broadest possible sense. The great majority of our students achieve excellent academic results, and go on to many of the top universities (and Art, Drama and Music schools) in the UK. But, for all that they are crucially important, exam results are not our only yardstick.
Daily life at d’Overbroeck’s is fuelled by enthusiasm, laughter and a strong sense of common purpose. What you will find here is a vibrant, welcoming, forward-looking, diverse, tolerant and supportive community of staff and students. You will also find yourself in a confidence-building and highly motivating environment which offers a wide-ranging programme of Activities from which to choose, the opportunity to make strong and lasting friendships – and a very special atmosphere which we, staff and students, all thoroughly enjoy and find enormously motivating.
I believe that a d’Overbroeck’s education gives students the opportunity to grow into well rounded, self-possessed and forward looking young people and into confident, resilient learners and independent thinkers. In short, I believe that a d’Overbroeck’s education provides an excellent springboard to life at university and beyond.
I look forward to welcoming you in person and to having a good, detailed chat about you and your academic and personal goals and aspirations, and how we might be able to help you to achieve them.
Head of Sixth Form
Watch Alasdair MacPherson, filmed in conversation with Andrew Gillespie, discussing a range of subjects on d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form; from the school’s ethos, choosing your A levels, what makes a typical d’Overbroeck’s teacher and life after d’Overbroeck’s.
What's it like to join d'Overbroeck's for Sixth Form?
Head of d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form, Alasdair MacPherson in conversation with Andrew Gillespie.
- What's it like to join d'Overbroeck's for Sixth Form?
- How would you describe the ethos at d'Overbroeck's?
- Why do students study four A levels at the start of Sixth Form?
- How would you describe the move to the new Sixth Form building?
- What is it like to study at d'Overbroeck's?
- How do you help students choose their subjects in the Sixth Form?
- How would you describe a typical d'Overbroeck's teacher?