It is no accident that the Rossall campus feels very much like an Oxford or Cambridge college – when the school was established over 170 years ago, the intention from the outset was to create an environment where pupils would embark on a seamless journey from school to some of the best universities in the country. That remains the ambition for our pupils and though times may have changed, our pupils still proceed to some of the most sought after colleges and universities around the world.
A Sixth Form education at Rossall is designed to stimulate and challenge in equal measure – we want our sixth formers to be intellectually curious, to be able to articulate and defend their opinions, to work both collaboratively and independently. We also want our sixth formers to establish great habits that they will take forward for the rest of their lives – independent study skills, engagement with healthy pursuits, a lifelong love of learning.
In addition to the perfectly cloistered environment, our Sixth Form pupils enjoy a wide array of extra-curricular and extra-mural pursuits. The range is vast from wall-climbing or basketball, through horse-riding and cookery skills to the Bank of England Challenge and the Farrell Literary Society. In addition, invited guest lecturers provide diversity of opinion and provoke debate as part of our Speaker Series programme.
Students are also encouraged to go out of their comfort zone, to be bold and to try new things. This may be something as simple as starting a new sport or activity, but it can also include spending 24 hours in the wild, participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or signing up for the World Challenge expedition to Cambodia and Vietnam.
At Sixth Form level, Rossall offers the very best of two worlds - the traditional A Level route and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a unique educational qualification offered by over 200 schools in the UK and recognised worldwide as the educational ‘gold standard’.
Rossall students achieve excellent exam results at GCSE, A Level and in their International Baccalaureate qualifications and go on to study at top universities all over the world.