School life

Greater freedom, greater responsibilities

As a Sixth Form student at Victoria College, we understand and respect that you’re ready to be more independent and trusted. We therefore offer our Sixth Form students greater liberties and privileges. Sixth Formers can wear their own choice of business suit and benefit from the use of their own Sixth Form Learning Centre and spacious common room area.

In turn, we naturally expect you to exercise greater responsibility in terms of your study and school life. This means being independently motivated and very much assuming the driving seat in your learning – with our support, of course.

 

Sixth Formers set the standard for the school – you are seen as prominent role models by our younger students – so there are also more opportunities for you to play a positive and active role in College activities, often in leadership roles that can help you develop valuable skills.

Years 12 and 13 are an important transition time as you move towards university or work. We give you the chance to be more than just another school student; you could take on the role of School or House Prefect, representing Victoria College and helping to run school events and competitions. You could lead in sport or the Combined Cadet Forces or you could help in a more pastoral role as a Peer Mentor or Peer Educator. If you’re interested in excelling in specific subjects, you could also develop leadership skills by assisting the teaching staff in delivering academic enrichment activities or less formal societies and clubs.

Whatever your interest, we will help you develop personally as well as academically in preparing you for the future. All these roles allow you to learn more about yourself and develop the people or soft skills highly valued by employers and universities.

As a Sixth Former, Victoria College offers you a truly enhanced educational experience, where you’re encouraged and supported to take up all learning and leadership opportunities on offer – gathering great experiences, building friendships and building yourself a successful future.

Our Prefects

In the Sixth Form, you can apply to become a Prefect. In this unique position, you are a highly visible role model for all the students in the school and will represent Victoria College. Prefects have the privilege of wearing the traditional ceremonial robes to official school events and when escorting distinguished guests.

The Prefects’ main duty is to maintain an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, peace, discipline and unity in the school. They are expected to model the school values and are trusted and respected. They are often sought for input and assistance by the Senior Leadership Team to help organise and represent the student body.

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Our Head Prefect (Head Boy) Ben Godel and our Deputy Head Boy James Cushing head up the House Prefects:

  • Braithwaite: Oliver Cadin (Student Voice Prefect), Jonathan Jackson (Wellbeing Prefect) and Josh Le Maistre (House Captain)
  • Bruce: Joseph Beddoe, James Cushing (Deputy Head Boy), Ben Godel (Head Boy), Henry Higgins (House Captain) and Ronan Morling
  • Diarmid: Mac Galvin (House Captain) and Ben Philp (House Captain)
  • Dunlop: Archie Corbett (House Captain), Jem Gurner, Harvey Pallent and Wojtek Wiecek
  • Sartorius: Charlie Courtness (House Captain), Ned Crosby, George Daniels (Sports Prefect) and Dylan Stocks

The House System

Our five Houses – Braithwaite, Bruce, Diarmid, Dunlop and Sartorius – are named after Old Victorians who served in the world wars and were honoured with the Victoria Cross for distinguished military service.

Today, the House system continues traditions that promote teamwork, leadership opportunities, competition, celebration and community. Boys from all year groups mix in the House rooms and get to know one another as they put together House teams for events.  

The Housemasters are pivotal in the success of this aspect of College life. They coordinate House activities including volunteering and competitions in sport, music, drama and other areas.