Welcome from the Head Girl
Hello and welcome to The Royal Masonic School for Girls website and specifically the Sixth Form page. My name is Amber Baksh de la Iglesia and I am thrilled to be undertaking the role of Head Girl for this academic year.
Sixth Form at RMS is a vibrant environment that hones the skills learnt in previous years to really prepare us both mentally and academically for our A Levels and beyond. As individuals, RMS encourages us to learn both analytically and critically, be it class-led or through wider research. Encompassed with this, there is a huge emphasis on our own personal development through building confidence, independence, team-working ability and peer-to-peer relationships.
Hind House, the Sixth Form Centre, embodies the values of RMS. As a separate facility from the rest of the School, it is its own small community with common rooms for Year 12 and 13 that encourage further integration. The majority of our classes are held here in smaller numbers which are both engaging and promote individual attention. This style of teaching is great preparation for higher education and the guidance received from Mrs Freeman, Head of Sixth Form, throughout the UCAS application enables us to take full advantage of this throughout the University selection process.
As a centre for education, Hind House promotes our accountability for individual learning developments, by having separate study rooms, as well as social areas to congregate, including the newly developed “Rose Garden” aptly named after the former Headmistress, Mrs Diana Rose.
You are never wanting for support, and I have found that as part of the learning procedure, teachers also hold weekly clinics at lunchtimes to clarify any challenging areas we may have. Their flexibility in fitting in with our tight schedules in Sixth Form is a real benefit, as they are more than willing to hold one-to-one sessions as and when required. Their encouragement is continuous and never lacking.
Beyond the normal day-to-day activities, Girls in Sixth Form have the opportunity to experience a number of extra-curricular activities, this encourages participation at various levels; some with other schools externally, such as the Model United Nations (MUN), Sports, Young Enterprise and Debating. All of which boost self-assurance and contribution. Many of the girls embed themselves in several of the internal programmes run throughout the year, such as the LEAD Employability Course, an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Subject Ambassador Roles for the lower school, Volunteering, Sinfonia (the school orchestra), Drama Productions, Prefect and Leadership Roles.
I have been exposed to so many opportunities at Sixth Form that at times it is difficult to know which ones to turn down. However, I am still able to enjoy playing in Sinfonia and being an active participant in the Debating Society. I have made some very strong friendships and learnt valuable life-skills throughout my A Levels in Sixth Form at RMS, which are bound to benefit me in years to come.
Hind House is an ideal place for anyone considering doing their A-Levels. I would love you to share the journey that I’ve had here, so please come and experience it for yourself!
Amber Baksh de la Iglesia.