The Reach Free School has a proven record of developing pupils' character beyond the classroom. The Reach Free Sixth Form is no different.

Students in the Sixth Form choose one of the Reach Beyond courses detailed below, and will benefit from timetabled sessions in their pursuit of the aims of the course. Each option will include time with staff members to clarify and review targets and progress in each course, along with expert insight to help develop the knowledge and skills required. Students will also work independently towards their aims, developing character traits such as perseverance, empathy, creativity and duty.

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ is a renowned coursework-based qualification where students choose their own topic to study in depth, with the support of teachers to guide their research and presentation. Those successfully completing the EPQ gain a qualification, equivalent to half an A Level, which is particularly enamoured by universities.

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Maths Masters

Developed in-house, the Maths Masters programme gives students the opportunity to support pupils in Mathematics lessons in years 7 to 11. This option is suitable for those Sixth Form students who have strong Maths skills and a desire to help employ these skills for the benefit of younger pupils. It is particularly suitable for those students who may wish to pursue a career in education, and can also form the volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold programme. 

I really enjoy volunteering in the Year 7 Geography class. I work with groups of students and help them learn new things every week!
— Current Year 12 Student



Duke of Edinburgh Gold

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is an internationally-recognised qualification through which students partake in long-term volunteering, physical activity and skills development sections. Students choosing this option will also complete a three-night expedition into the countryside, and a five-night residential trip with other young people.

Literacy Leaders

Similar to the Maths Masters option, Literacy Leaders is an option available to students with strong skills in English who would like to support pupils in years 7 to 11 in improving their ability in this subject area. It is particularly suitable for those students who may wish to pursue a career in education, and can also form the volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold programme

Community Action

All students will be part of our Community Action programme. Students volunteer in school in an area they are particularly interested in. This may be helping with an extracurricular sporting elective, assisting Year 7 students in a subject of their choice or helping plan charity and community events in school. Students reflect on their volunteering once a week and keep of log of all work completed. Students can then qualify for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Community Action Award at the end of the year.

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