Rendcomb Sixth Form
As students get their heads down for the final push on A levels all minds will be focussed on examinations. In August the results will be out and this years’ crop of 18 years olds will be ready to head out to the world of University or work and to get on with the rest of their lives.
Schools make a good job of preparing students for their examinations; but what about all the other stuff that makes high functioning members of society? Can they look after themselves? Do they know how to budget, shop or cook? Is the washing machine a stranger to them?
Rendcomb College Cirencester has just opened refurbished Sixth Form accommodation. For many years, time in The Flat, as it was styled, has been an integral part the Sixth form experience at Rendcomb.
During term time, with a full academic workload and normal co-curricular responsibilities Rendcomb Upper Sixth students spend two separate weeks in Garden House.
They look after themselves manage a budget, shop, cook and clean and do their laundry. One evening they cook for and entertain a member of staff.
There are always debates about what to eat and about where to shop. Some 18 years old are confident cooks; some have no idea. The whole point of the exercise is to teach the students the skills for independent living before they head out to University or work. Former Rendcomb students remember these weeks with amusement and younger pupils look forward to the experience.
“The Flat has always been a valuable experience for our students, because it provides a valuable opportunity to gain practical life skills” says Marin Kinson, Head of Sixth Form at Rendcomb.
Is Rendcomb Sixth Form for you? Find out more at rendcombcollege.org.uk