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Sixth Form

If you’re joining us for the first time, welcome! We understand that being ‘the new one’ can sometimes be a little daunting, but rest assured that all students new to our Sixth Form quickly settle in – we encourage and create a friendly and supportive environment with a confident sense of achievement and progress. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School; we have offered the IB Diploma since 2007, and with much success.

DISCOVER: 11 reasons to choose the IB

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a pathway which ensures that you leave RGS balanced and well-rounded. Subjects sit together in similar groups, as you can see below, you choose one subject from each group, totaling six. Three of these subjects will be at Higher level (HL) and three at Standard level (SL).

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If you opt to study Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) in Group 4 – The Sciences, you are able to then opt for two subjects from Group 6, The Arts – as ESS is seen as both a Science and a Humanity. In Group 6 -The Arts, you can opt out of these subjects and instead choose an extra language, humanity or science. Below you will find the subjects offered at Rochester Grammar School.

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As part of the IB Diploma, all students study Theory of Knowledge (ToK), a critical thinking course, and complete an Extended Essay into a topic of their own interest. As an IB student you are also encouraged to engage with your wider community through the Creativity, Activity, Service programme. You can find further detail about each course offered in the curriculum pages.

Our sixth form programme fully meets the 16 to 19 study programme requirements by ensuring the students have a breadth and depth of study and provides students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans.  To this end we provide opportunities for students to gain real experience and knowledge of the workplace, through, for example, speakers, work experience and workshops, in order to enhance their employability skills; substantial qualifications through their study of 6 subjects, which stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment, and many opportunities through their study of CAS to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.  More detail about the DFE requirements can be found by following this link: 16 to 19 study programme requirements


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Bursary and Discretionary Funds

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education. There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries: Level 1 bursaries for defined vulnerable groups Level 2 discretionary bursaries Eligibility…

International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Programme Course The International Baccalaureate is an international qualification, which RGS has offered since 2007 and has been recognised for over 40 years, and offered by 4,000 schools across the world to nearly a million students. The IB…

Summer Work 2022

Each curriculum area has set a short piece of preparatory work for prospective students to complete over the summer. This summer work is intended to give you a feel for whether that subject is suited to you, and…