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Sixth Form Life at DESC

Empowering students to make a difference

Student leadership is arguably the most beneficial extracurricular activity a student can perform whilst in school. Though there are no grades, the experience gained from a  leadership role will be valuable for a lifetime. A DESC student leader is thrown into a learning environment that encourages hands-on experience. Planning, decision making, communicating, and working as team mates are all essential skills that are developed and enhanced during their experiences. In doing so, students are in the unique position to make a difference.

Involvement, Empowerment & Opportunity

Student leadership at DESC continues to be  a major focus for development this year. The aims have been threefold:

  • To involve and empower students to identify issues at DESC and the wider world
  • To provide students with the opportunity to plan strategies and take action to address and resolve the issues they have identified
  • To be a forum for active and constructive student input

Sixth Form Leadership

We encourage our Sixth Form students to play an active role in our community by making varied positions of responsibility available only to Year 12 and Year 13 students, so they can help shape the future of our College, along with teaching staff and the Senior Leadership Team.

The development of leadership skills is a real strength of our Sixth Form. We expect all students to develop such skills during their time in the Sixth Form. Such roles are highly respected and very sought after; our Sixth Formers develop into vital role models for younger students and are expected to liaise with staff and visitors to the College on a daily basis.

The most prestigious roles are Head Boy and Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.  They have a vital role in ensuring the student voice is heard by the Senior Leadership Team.  They are expected to be role models for all other students and have to be proficient in public speaking to a variety of audiences.

In addition to House Leadership opportunities and Head Girl and Head Boy roles, students also have the opportunity to become a Prefect. There are 5 key prefect opportunities that we offer our Sixth Form students.  These are ECA, Mentoring, Transition, Communications and Wellbeing. Students usually apply for one of these positions and if successful they will receive leadership training from an external provider to help them in their role.

A typical Sixth Form student will study either four subjects at AS level, or three subjects and an Extended Project Qualification in Year 12, although some students opt to replace two of these subjects with a single BTEC option, which is equivalent to two A levels. This equates to 24 taught lessons per week (6 lessons per subject). Muslim students and students holding Arabic passports will also be required to study Islamic Education and Arabic A respectively. Students will then have a number of non-contact or free periods, other than those just mentioned. Generally, students will have a proportion of those free periods in a supervised classroom where they are encouraged to use the time productively on private study.

Student Leaders 2019/2020


Basel Manna, Head Boy       

Emily Jones, Head Girl          

Khush Lakhani, Deputy Head Boy

Maheen Khaliq, Deputy Head Girl