In the Sixth Form, we aim to provide students with the critical life skills that will enable them to make balanced and educated choices to take responsibility for the next steps in their educational journey and future. This ties in with ‘Our ethos here at Greensteds, which is to equip all our students with skills and knowledge to become well-rounded individuals by encouraging a holistic approach to their education’. The 7 pillars of Greensteds; Dedication, Respect, Diversity, Opportunity, Care, Community, and Challenge with no doubt instill values they will need at university and for life in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing society.
The teaching and learning system executed by our supportive and nurturing teachers is what your child will find at Greensteds. This is coupled with the provision of the most distinctive, forward-thinking and outward-looking co-educational environment, where diverse abilities are recognized, celebrated and given the fullest expression. A Sixth Form Centre with a common room, study room and higher education library is provided for use during study periods that are supervised.
Students together with their parents are encouraged to read carefully the Greensteds Sixth Form curriculum booklet. There is a lot of information on life at Greensteds and in particular life in the sixth form as well as information on all subjects on offer. This will enable you to make an informed decision on subjects you may wish to study post-IGCSEs. Head of Sixth Form, Senior Leadership Team, Dorm Parents, Heads of Departments, teachers and form tutors will all help you during your time at Greensteds.
It would be easy to bypass pastoral support at this higher end of adolescence, but actually, this is a time when strong pastoral care can be critical. A strong tutoring system to provide pastoral support and encourage an awareness of the wider world is in place to this effect. PSHE(Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) lessons have also been timetabled to provide consistent and meaningful content across the Sixth Form which is followed up and reflected upon in assemblies and tutor time.
Alongside academics, there are many opportunities to get involved in such as extra-curricular activities including sports and the many associated teams; Music; EAMUN; School productions, where many Sixth formers get to take on the lead roles; service learning, where we enable you to be a caring and responsible member of the community. Being the oldest members of the student community, there are many other roles to offer in leadership. These roles include; sports captains, house captains, peer counseling, mentoring and most importantly, the prefects’ team who model leadership for the student body.
We offer a Sixth Form Induction program in June once students have completed their IGCSE examinations to prepare them for Year 12. This will give you an opportunity to find out more about Greensteds International School Sixth Form. Each will undertake sample lessons in those subjects being considered for AS level and there is of course an opportunity to take part in Greensteds unique ‘Barb Wire’ experience that certainly challenges you and helps prepare you for your sixth form life. We look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful school which is set in a huge spectacular site amongst stunning grounds.
Our ethos here at Greensteds is to equip all our students with skills and knowledge to become well-rounded individuals by encouraging a holistic approach to their education. We not only emphasize academic excellence but also encourage student participation in sports, the arts and the community both within and outside the school. At Greensteds we offer a wide range of subject choices, academic and vocational. Outside the classroom, students enjoy co-curricular activities such as EAMUN(East African Model United Nations), Headmaster’s Project for Year 12s, helping with community service at places like the Arap Moi Orphanage and the Rhino Charge among others. We also have expert coaches on the sports field, enabling the school teams to excel in athletics and other sports gaining recognition both at the county and at the national level.
Our many sporting achievements include having our students represent Kenya and other national teams in Cricket, Swimming and Athletics Sprints; a student break the U21 Kenya 100m record; our Open Girls Hockey team reaching the semi-finals of the Provincials hockey. Every member of our Sixth Form completes our challenging induction course, including BarbWire – which is stepping towards developing global leaders and citizens of integrity post Greensteds.
We are proud to have a great group of leaders and role models for the younger members of our community. As part of our enrichment programme, Speakers’ Corner hosts a range of presenters who discuss with our Sixth Form life beyond the classroom. Our Year 12 students complete a week of work experience, for exposure into their career area of choice, to aid their decision-making on career pathways.
Each year we have over 50 university representatives from global destinations including British, Australian, Canadian, American, Chinese and Kenyan universities, to talk to our students about their universities, life at university in general and their opportunities and cultures. We help our students get ready for IELTS exams and SAT tests as part of their university application process. This has ensured that Greensteds School Leavers are found all over the world where they continue to excel.
We spend a lot of time preparing our students for university, but ultimately we’re preparing them for life; we are confident that when they leave here, our students will continue to dream the biggest dreams, and not settle for second best. The chief requirements for successful A-level study are academic ability, good study skills, self-discipline and the motivation to succeed. The school aims to develop these qualities in students so that they will achieve high standards in the Sixth Form and at University. Students select four AS level subjects in Year 12 with a view to carrying on with three of these subjects in the final year, Year 13.
The four subjects are selected from option groups covering a wide range including all the traditional subjects as well as more contemporary ones. Each group of subjects is carefully considered to reflect the changing views and requirements from Universities and so ensure students have a breadth of study at this level. Subjects offered at A level include: English, Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Economics, Business Studies, History, Geography, Psychology, Media Studies, Art, Music, Music Technology, ICT, Physical Education, Drama, Spanish and French. We offer a Sixth Form Induction program in June once students have completed their IGCSE examinations. During this two-week period, each student will undertake sample lessons in those subjects being considered for AS level. In addition, researching university degree courses intensifies as this may well affect subject choice at this level.
As mentioned earlier, we also mark the transition to Sixth Form through an intensive and very demanding three-day adventurous leadership training course – BarbWire – which begins to highlight personal strengths and areas to develop in preparation for independent life after Greensteds. Upon completion of this course, we are confident that students are suitably prepared to face the changes and challenges which lie ahead as senior members of our community.