Great emphasis is placed on pastoral care and student well-being at HBS. The Head of Sixth Form has overall responsibility for the Sixth Form and there are two Assistant Heads of Sixth Form; one has responsibility for pastoral care and the well-being of the students and the other oversees Higher Education, including university applications. Students also have a form tutor who gets to know them well and provides support, guidance and individual care on a daily basis. Students have their own dedicated space known as the Loft, which has been recently refurbished and provides quite study spaces as well as room to relax, with a kitchen, sofa area and space for students to have lunch, chat and make new friends.
Our aim is to ensure that every student can pursue and achieve their own dreams and aspirations, that their education is exciting, stimulating, enriching and challenging, going way beyond the curriculum. In Year 12, each student studies four core subjects. Many of our students take advantage of our flexible approach to the curriculum and many choose interesting and unconventional subject combinations that are highly valued by admissions tutors. Those who opt for mainly Humanities subjects often choose Maths or a Science as their fourth subject, and many of our Scientists choose an additional Classical subject, a Modern Foreign Language or English, History or Geography. Some students choose to focus on three subjects at the start of Year 13, whilst others enjoy the breadth and depth of studying for four A Levels. Lessons are lively and engaging, and there is a strong focus on discussion, debate and the lively change of ideas. Students are taught the skills of independent study and how to be self-directed in their learning, in preparation for university.
HBS has an exceptional record of extremely high A Level results and fantastic success at university admissions. Well over 25 students are offered places at Oxford and Cambridge every year, whilst over 30 students go on to read Medicine.
A Level Subjects offered are: