The Sixth Form aims to provide a bridge between secondary school and university by offering a range of facilities that students can use for private study, research and discussions, including the library and café.
A library is at the heart of an academic school. Although the recent fashion has been to move to ‘resource centres’ without books, the West London Free School passionately believes that a traditional library, filled with some of the best that has been thought and said, remains integral to a school serious about academic study. All students in the Sixth Form have ‘supervised study’ periods on their timetable in which they have to sign-in with the librarian, but students are also welcome to make use of the library when they have independent study periods, or before and after school. In addition to the principal textbooks for each subject, the library contains numerous opportunities for students to expand their wider subject knowledge beyond their A-level courses, which is increasingly a vital component of a successful university application. Our library also includes access to periodicals – such as the Economist and New Scientist – so that our students can remain fully abreast of recent developments in their particular fields of study. Students studying the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for their enrichment option will find the resources in the library particularly useful for conducting their research. There is WiFi throughout the library and students are welcome to bring laptops and tablets to work on should they wish.
The Sixth Form café is an informal environment where students can work and relax during breaks between lessons, before and after school, and during independent study periods. The café is equipped with comfortable seating and there are numerous charging points, with WiFi throughout. The café serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and hot food at lunchtime. We also hold our Guest Speaker talks in the café, as well as music and drama events.