Academic Enrichment Programme

We want to encourage students’ academic inquisitiveness within and beyond their A level subjects.

From September 2020, all students in Year 12 take part in an academic enrichment programme one lesson a week, choosing from a range of topics. Many Chigwell students take the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), for which work is usually undertaken between Christmas in Year 12 and the same point in Year 13, supported by a teacher acting as their academic mentor. The EPQ is equivalent to half an A level. It is valued by many universities as a piece of independent research culminating in a presentation and dissertation-style essay which lays the groundwork for the more autonomous demands of an undergraduate course.

Careers and Higher Education

Careers and higher education are prominent themes in any Sixth Form. At Chigwell, our Head of Careers in based in the Sixth Form Centre and is available for students to see and talk to. All students are introduced to the ‘Unifrog’ online package to help them research their 18+ plans from Year 12 onwards.

Meet the Future

The Sixth Form Centre hosts returning former students for the ‘Meet the Future’ programme of lunchtime talks and Q&A sessions, which in recent times has reflected a vast range of professional areas from financial services through medicine to journalism and the Civil Service Fast Stream.


Oxbridge Applicants

The Assistant Head of Sixth Form runs support groups for potential Oxbridge applicants as well as for those students considering clinical courses (medicine, veterinary science and dentistry) which include practice interview opportunities and appointments with subject specialist teachers.

Fostering Independence

We aim to foster our students’ sense of independence in the Sixth Form. We are conscious that when our students leave us they do so to go to university or begin a career. The Sixth Form Centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday in term time and many students choose to use the Study Room to quietly get work done, and we encourage this. Students also find it useful to work together and discuss ideas in the more relaxed environment of the coffee shop.

Mr Simon Coppell, Head of Sixth Form

Open Days and Tours

We would be delighted to show you around our Sixth Form.

Apply for a Place

Find out more about Admissions at 16+ and apply for a place.

International Boarding

Sixth Form

Find out more about becoming a boarding student at Chigwell. Please contact Miss Roxanne Darkin for further information.