Sixth Form Specials

The many aspects of preparation for life after school form a major part of the Blue Coat Sixth Form experience. These aspects include A Levels, PLUS, the Extended Project Qualification, Sport, Careers, Activities – and the weekly Sixth Form Specials.

Sixth Form Specials take place every Friday morning and are compulsory for all Year 12 and 13 pupils. Their aim is to expose pupils to the wider world beyond the classroom and the sports field. Occasionally, the Specials take the form of study skills or university preparation sessions or debates, but mostly they feature guest speakers who deliver talks on a vast variety of topics. In the past three years, these topics and speakers have included:

Caroline Davies: Zoology, Environmental Biology, Vet Science

Karl Hopwood: Internet security and e-safety

Max Poole: Architect

Alex Hibbert: Polar Explorer

Alan Lane, Slung Low Theatre

Gemma Morgan: Performance, coaching, leadership

Martin Daubney: Journalist and broadcaster

Becoming an Old Blue

Ace Your Exams: Study skills

Kenneth Hitchen: Entrepreneur

Luke Wright, performance poet

“Latitude Global Volunteering”

John Levy: “Friends of Israel”

Emma Cole: “Positive voice: HIV talk”

Richard Pawson: “Creativity/Invention”

“The Missing Universe: the search for dark matter”

Anthony Slinn: “Van Gogh”

Safe Drive, Stay Alive

Sexual Relationship Education: “Enabling healthy choices”

Dominic Morris: “Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan”

Rob Caskie: “The Battle of Isandlwana”

Leon McCarron, adventurer and film maker

Lyn Williams: “The importance of therapy in an educational setting”

Mandy Hickson: “Lessons learnt from being a fast jet fighter pilot”

Nicholas Ridley: “Men and mountains”

Dr Aric Sigman: Alcohol awareness

Shahla Suleiman, Cambridge Centre for Islamic Studies

James Erskine: Advertising

Erwin James: Crime and punishment correspondent for The Guardian

Natasha Devon: “Understanding body image”

University of Oxford professors: University education and research

Rob Caskie: Shackleton

Matthew Batstone: “The value of studying the humanities”

John Hoskison: “Learning from life experiences”

Luke Piggott: Cancer research

Tom Rosenthal: “Life as an actor”

Alastair Hignall: “Matches, microphones and MS”

David Pickup, Commercial Director UK, Innocent Drinks

Sir David Bell: “Leadership”