At UCS we offer the very highest standard of pastoral care to each of our students. Sixth Formers continue to benefit from the Deme (or house) system. Our aim now is that boys and girls take proper responsibility for their academic and personal progress. They will be allocated to smaller tutor groups and encouraged to mix as a single unit. They have their own Common Room and study facilities. Each student works closely with a form tutor and Deme Warden, meeting them daily and regularly reviewing his or her academic progress and future plans. Form tutors and Deme Wardens are the first point of contact for parents too; they are always available for advice and reporting.
The Sixth Form Team, comprised of Senior Tutors and led by Head of Sixth Form, manages the Sixth Form as a whole - overseeing the social and recreational life of the Sixth Form Centre, helping students to organise social events, and planning a weekly programme of group and whole year assemblies, and Personal, Social and Health Education.
We recognise that the needs of Sixth Form students are different from those of younger pupils. We also believe that they should develop greater responsibility and maturity. Sixth Form students have their own Common Room, study facilities and café. Uniform regulations are relaxed and students are encouraged to develop the habits that will prepare them for university study. Each member of staff on our Sixth Form Team has a specific role to play – whether this be Careers Guidance or UCAS Assistance – to ensure that students receive the targeted help they need.
Education at UCS extends far beyond the formal taught curriculum. We offer a holistic experience to every student, with the opportunity to experience adventurous, charitable, creative, international and entrepreneurial activity, alongside the intellectual demands of study. This is achieved through the wealth of co-curricular clubs and societies that meet throughout the school year, across which all of the subjects of the curriculum are represented. Just a few of the many clubs we run include Art History Society, Beekeeping Society, Coding Club, Creative Writing Society, Gender Politics Society, History of Science Society, Mandarin Club and Medical Ethics Society. Much of the organisation, in terms of both setting up and running the clubs and societies, is the work of pupils themselves.
We regularly welcome distinguished speakers to talk during lunch. Pupils also have the opportunity to contribute to the school magazine, The Gower, which is produced annually; a journal, The Cover, and to our termly Newsletter, The Frognal.
Demes sit together as a unit in whole-school assemblies, and have regular Deme assemblies together over the course of the term. As well as being a pastoral unit there is a strong competitive element to our Deme system. As well as competitions in all of the major sports there is an annual Deme quiz and debating competitions. Without doubt the two major highlights of the year are Deme drama and Deme song. These are organised and run by the students to create a memorable and momentous occasion integral to the UCS community.