This is an important year in which senior students are being prepared for the next stage of their careers. To that end, the accent is on independent learning, taking responsibility and leadership. Every Sixth Former is given responsibility, not only in the form of prefectship, but also in a series of roles involving the running of clubs, activities, as House and Sports Captains and so on. Training in leadership and teamwork is delivered through an Outward Bound course as well as by ‘Beyond Adventure’ staff in school. In addition, many pupils are involved as subject or pastoral mentors, for which training is delivered by Childline trainers.
Together with a number of distinctive privileges, there is a Sixth Year Centre dedicated as a recreation area for the prefects. At the end of Sixth Year, students participate in a ‘Life after Lomond’ programme designed to smooth the transition to university, college or employment.
In keeping with the ethos of this special year, there are three experienced members of staff – Mr David Dodson (Head of Sixth Year), Mr Anthony Laceby and Mr Andrew Greig – who are tutors to a small group of Sixth Formers and are responsible for references, amongst other things.
The Sixth Year are important contributors to the positive ethos in the school; their leadership and input are valued.