Sixth Form

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at The Henrietta Barnett School is exceptional. It is a warm vibrant, friendly and happy community in which students thrive and flourish in every way – socially, personally, academically, and intellectually. Every student is valued and well known, and is able to follow a bespoke programme of study, in an environment that is warm, supportive and caring.


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:

Art Classical Civilisation Design and Technology: Product Design
Economics English Literature Geography
Politics Mathematics Further Mathematics
Latin Music MFL: French, German & Spanish
History Biology Physics

For further information about the A Level courses offered, please see the Departments section of the website here.


Preparation for life beyond school

At HBS we place great emphasis on preparing students for life beyond school in every way. We aim to instil confidence, independence of mind and curiosity about the world in our students and we do so in a variety of ways. There are many leadership opportunities in Year 12 and Year 13, which allow students to develop confidence and to develop their skills of leadership and team building. Our Senior Students and Head Prefect Team lead the student body, chair the Student Council and work closely with the Head in the organisation of school events and school improvement initiatives.

There are regular discussion-based tutorial sessions that focus on issues that affect and interest young people, such as social media, climate change, relationships, money matters, mental health and many more. There is also a weekly Speaker Programme, where eminent external experts come into school to speak to the students about a huge range of topics that include politics, equality and inclusion, global issues, career pathways, diversity in the workplace and university life. A record of Leavers’ Destinations can be found here:

The Extra-Curricular Programme

There is a very wide extra-curricular programme, which includes many opportunities for sport, music, drama and the visual arts, as well as for debating, public speaking, academic enrichment and societies dedicated to learning more about career pathways. Many of our sixth formers lead and run the clubs for younger students. If a club they would like to run does not exist, they can set it up! There are over 150 clubs at HBS. Of particular interest to Sixth Formers are those that include:

Badminton Volleyball Netball
Park Run Multi-Gym Debating and Public Speaking
Bar Mock Trail Law Society MedSoc
Biomedical Society Dissection Club Chess Club
English Enrichment French Debating Club Spanish Society
Classics Society Creative Writing Club History Society
Politics and Economics Society Advanced Coding Senior Orchestra
Senior Choir Many Chamber and Vocal Ensembles Art Club
Drama Club Musical Theatre Club School Play

To stimulate and stretch students, and to broaden their exposure to their subjects, academic enrichment courses are run by departments or Sixth Formers with key note speakers invited in regularly to speak on a variety of topics.

Student Profile


I’m Fizza, a previous year’s Head Prefect. For my A Levels I studied Spanish, English Literature and French, as well as Classical Civilisation in Year 12. I am going to study English at Oxford University in September. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of Sixth Form, and especially the Head Prefect Team. Finally joining what had always felt like an elite cohort, and being able to help and interact with younger years in a way I’d always looked up to my friends in Sixth Form for doing was both exciting and slightly strange, to think I’d already reached something that had felt so distant for so long!

Though many of the clubs I took part in were focused on Sixth Form, such as French Debating, English Extension or LAMDA, performing in ‘The Sound of Music’, the whole school production, was certainly one of my favourite school activities. There was such a unique camaraderie and precious bond between the cast members, crew and orchestra, and it was a real pleasure to make friends with younger students and then see them around school – I’d even say we built our own little community within the school community!

Student Profile


My name is Amber and I’d like to be a doctor. I studied Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Spanish at A-Level and I am going to study Medicine at the University of Cambridge. I loved my Sixth Form experience! I made many new friends and enjoyed taking part in all the senior sport and music opportunities.

As part of the Head Prefect team, I had the opportunity to interact with the whole school. I got to know so many students through assemblies and Head Prefect Team breakfasts and really enjoyed reflecting on my HBS experience whilst working on the HBSpeaks podcast. I loved organising events about topics I’m passionate about, most notably hosting the Women of Colour Success Stories event which was a very special moment for me.

Student Profile


I’m Kamsi. For my A Levels I studied Economics, Mathematics and Spanish and am going to study Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick. I enjoyed the freedom that came with being in the Sixth Form and very much appreciated how the staff treated us like adults and gave us a lot of independence when it came to our learning, whilst still being there to support us through a particularly tumultuous time, especially with Covid. When I was in the Sixth Form, I ran Christian Society and was a part of the Economics Student Leadership as well as being one of the Head Prefects. During my time at HBS I was particularly active in sports, especially before COVID, where I had the opportunity to be the school’s basketball captain for three years. As well as this, I engaged in the Rock School programme, where a few friends and I formed a band and performed at the school showcase and Year 9 Summer Fair. I enjoyed my time enormously at HBS!

Student Profile


My name is Sanjana and I took Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics at A-Level; I am going to study Economics at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Sixth Form has been the most enriching two years during my time at HBS. It combined the excitement of next steps and new leadership opportunities, with the comfort of friendships, beloved staff and studying subjects about which we are truly passionate.

Lower down in the school, I have fond memories of debating, partaking in school productions, bands nights and the adrenaline of the Robotics Club. I continued to make the most of the extra-curricular programme in the Sixth Form. I was an active member of the Badminton Club, as well as producing magazines and delivering talks for the Economics Society. My most enjoyable experiences were definitely leading the Mock Trial team and the opportunities that came with being a part of the Head Prefect Team. Working closely with the younger students, as well as with teachers and staff, was not only rewarding and fun – but also allowed me to give back to the school which has given me so much.

Our Stats

  • Over 88% A*-A at A Level and 97% A*-B; 94% Grades 8 and 9 at GCSE in Summer 2022
  • State School of Year 2023 for academic achievement in The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide
  • 34 Oxbridge offers January 2023 (24% of the Year 13 year group)
The teachers really care for each pupil and are concerned for their individual progress.
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