St Peter's 13-18
Our current Heads of School, Ben Dunsmore and Hope Simspon, share their experiences of Sixth Form at St Peter's School.
Join us for our Open Evening on Wednesday 30 September for an opportunity to meet our current pupils and hear about Sixth Form life at St Peter's.
Ben Dunsmore (Head of School 2020-2021)
Although St Peter’s is strong academically, what sets it apart for me is the range of extracurricular activities on offer.
Ben Dunsmore, Head of School 2020-2021
"Although St Peter’s is strong academically, what sets it apart for me is the range of extracurricular activities on offer - not just in terms of breadth, but also in terms of the extent to which you can commit to what you choose to do. In my case, this is the music. Since being in the sixth form, I have been able to spend more time in the music department, be it arranging songs for barbershop, working on my A level compositions or using sit-outs to practise my instruments. Speaking to other students, I know that they have been able to similarly pursue their interests, whether in art, drama or sport.
"Another aspect of the sixth form I’ve enjoyed is the more relaxed relationship with the teachers. This is largely thanks to the small class sizes and the greater amount of time spent with them each week which consequently allows for wider curricular discussion and more humour. This extends outside the classroom as well, such as the time my housemaster subbed into our 7-a-side team when we were short on numbers and came away with Man of the Match."
Hope Simpson (Head of School 2020-2021)
I feel the most unique aspect of the school is the great emphasis that is placed on creating a personal environment.
Hope Simpson, Head of School 2020-2021
"As a St Peter’s Sixth Form student, you are given the freedom to undertake a vast variety of activities alongside studying the subjects you enjoy most. For me, having unrestricted access to the art department is significant as it gives me the opportunity to dedicate time to my artwork. I also enjoy playing sports demonstrating how we are not confined to one particular interest. On a social level, activities act as gateways for you to meet a broad range of students - regardless of house, year group or subject choices. Undoubtedly, boarding has made it easier for me to take advantage of the countless opportunities available.
"Overall, I feel the most unique aspect of the school is the great emphasis that is placed on creating a personal environment. As a boarder in Dronfield, the House system has been central to my experience at St Peter’s. The strong sense of community is fuelled by inter-house competitions where Sixth Formers play a large role in bringing year groups together. However, I believe this feeling of belonging is most special when spending time together in House, and can be heard laughing from down the corridor!"