Sixth Form Life

Year 11 students moving into the Sixth Form are joined by between 30 to 40 new students to create a vibrant and stimulating mixed Sixth Form.

Sixth Formers have their own designated area – the Gallery – where they have access to computers, higher education materials and an informal work area, as well as facilities for refreshments and relaxation.¬†Silent study can be pursued in a supervised section of the library and there are many opportunities to ‘take the lead’ either as Prefects, House Captains or through the College’s own Community Service programme or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Sixth Form tutor groups are comprised of both Upper and Lower Sixth students. Both year groups have their own Head of Year. The Head of Upper Sixth and Head of Lower Sixth work with the Deputy Head who is responsible to the Headmaster for all sections of the School.

This team of teachers is responsible for the pastoral and academic well-being of their students and strive to ensure that close links are fostered between parents and the school. The way in which we structure the Senior School encourages a strong sense of identity within each form.

It is not just the teachers, chaplains, counsellor and nurses who are involved in pastoral care. We also provide a wide range of opportunities for our own students to take on roles of responsibility and to support one another.


A well-established House system runs in parallel to the form system. This allows for great inter-house camaraderie as students take part in regular and varied inter-house competitions ranging from: rugby, singing, drama, debating, and swimming; through to chess, photography and even an annual tug of war. This House system adds a further valuable layer of pastoral care for our students.

Student Leadership

Sixth Form students are encouraged to take an active interest in reviewing and improving their experiences at Eltham College. Instead of a School Council, the Student Leadership Committees (SLCs) aim to:

  • empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals, which contribute to whole school improvement.
  • provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff at Eltham College.
  • prepare students for higher education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education

There are currently five SLCs which lead development in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Catering
  • Facilities
  • Co-curricular
  • Well-being

Each committee is overseen by a Senior Prefect and is made of up of representatives from all year groups. The committees meet fortnightly and feedback to an Executive Committee, comprising Senior Prefects and Heads of School, once every half term. Students on the SLCs work on practical and achievable projects relating to their area of development within the school and each sub-committee is linked to a member of staff who offers advice and guidance. When the Executive Committee meets, the meeting is chaired by the Head Prefects and is used as a forum to feed back the progress of the sub-committees as well as to discuss further actions that need to be taken.