Known as Founders, in recognition of the three Housemistresses who founded Benenden, the Sixth Form is central to Benenden life and offers students a highly distinctive experience from the Lower School.
The most recognisable distinctions are that Sixth Formers have their own uniform, they live in the dedicated Founders Houses and the Upper Sixth, or Six Two, are allowed to navigate the site on scooters!
However, there is far more to being in Founders than these most visible elements: Benenden is proud to have a superb record of success at A Level and frequently outperforms even the highly-selective Kent grammar schools, students benefit from an enviable list of expert speakers and all Sixth Formers take part in our Professional Skills Programme.
Benenden is one of the only schools in the UK to offer a comprehensive Professional Skills Programme – a course dedicated to teaching students the general skills they need to thrive in the workplace.
The skills taught include tackling different types of CV and interview, applying for jobs, creating a formal business plan, reading and creating accounts, coding, delivering a pitch, reading complex financial information, setting up and managing household bills, negotiating a tenancy agreement, and a range of life skills such as cookery, DIY and car maintenance.
The Sixth Formers all plan, launch and run a business as part of the course, which has been developed in collaboration with senior figures in business and industry, many of whom lead sessions on the course and act as mentors for the students’ business projects.
Sixth Form Curriculum
Choosing which A Levels to study is not necessarily straightforward or easy: there are so many interesting courses to choose from! We try to make the process as simple as possible and provide ample guidance along the way.
As well as the wide range of A Levels on offer at Benenden, there’s a plethora of other courses and subjects available to study at Benenden through our Electives Programme – as well as the opportunity to learn real life skills through of Professional Skills Programme such as starting a business, understanding a mortgage or tenancy agreement, health and safety and first aid qualifications and even changing a tyre!
Sixth Form Boarding
There are four Sixth Form boarding houses at Benenden, Elms, Beeches, Limes and Oaks. All Sixth Formers who board have their own bedroom, with the style of living being much more like university than it is in the Lower School houses – students have the freedom to manage their own time effectively.
More information about the Sixth Form boarding houses can be found here.
Sixth Form Day Students
Day students are fully immersed in the academic, co-curricular and personal and professional elements of the Complete Education available at Benenden – nowhere more so than in the Sixth Form. More information on Day Study at Benenden can be found here.
The Co-Curricular programme is a key pillar of the Complete Education provided at Benenden. With more than 150 different activities to choose from, the provision is extensive. There are plenty of ways for pupils to try something new, extend their enthusiasms and develop lifelong interests. There truly is something for everyone.
Discover what’s on offer as part of Benenden’s Co-Curricular programme here.
The facilities at Benenden are outstanding, and we are continually investing to enhance them even further. We are pleased to provide you with a glimpse of Benenden School.
We are pleased to provide you with a video tour of some of our outstanding facilities.