My name’s Sav and I don’t like sixth form at all.
Anyway my main issue is the environment. There is still a massive social hierarchy with the “sports” crowd at the top and the “average” people at the bottom. This hierarchy also allows for more wiggle room for the people higher up the social ladder and I’ll give an example. So in the SILENT study room, emphasis on the word SILENT, there’s a group of people in the so called sports crowd that were talking to entire time and nobody said a thing to them whereas whenever someone else would talk the supervisor would tell them off instantly and move them without warning and it’s so unfair since there should be a balance.
I mean don’t get me wrong I’m blessed to be able to get an education and there are a few good teachers that I have but otherwise most of them are either terrible at teaching or too autocratic. The teachers on the whole do offer us respect and do treat us right. However the teachers such as my head of year are more power hungry and just shout at everyone. For example they’ve banned my group of acquaintances from a certain area of the common room due to us playing cards in free periods. Now other groups do the same yet nobody says a thing to them. At the stage of sixth form, we’re choosing to be there so I believe we should be given the your fault system. For example:if we don’t do homework, our fault. If we turn up late, our fault, if we don’t work in our free periods, you guessed it; our fault and so on. So shouldn’t they be a little more, I don’t know respectful.
Now onto the concept of uniform. Now I hate this so much especially because the school across the road allows their sixth form to wear their own clothes and look however they want. We on the other hand have the EXACT same uniform other than being able to wear shirts of a different colour. I knew I was getting myself in for this from the start but it’s so tiring having to feel the same as everyone else. I’ll tell you a story: my younger sister had her birthday party today and I recognised her friends based on their personalities and what they were wearing due to me obviously not knowing their names (although I learned a few). And the realisation hit me that if I were to put them in a uniform, I would never be able to recognise them individually. Now that’s concerning in my opinion because it shows what little individuality students are given in the UK and it’s honestly terrifying. I don’t see the point in these constant rules such as you must wear this, your hair must be of a “natural” colour, you can’t have piercings, you can’t dye your hair and the list goes on. Personally I don’t see the problem, I’m doing my work and that’s all that matters right?!?!
You’re probably wondering why I haven’t left yet if it’s bothering me that much. This is because my parents didn’t let me leave the school despite having experienced bullying here and despite me hating the school since the minute I got there. Plus I would have absolutely nowhere to go that’s convenient because the only college near me only does English and maths retakes and practical, non exam based courses so there’s nothing for me unless I go to a college in Oxford which is over an hour from me by bus so it’ll be near impossible to do it.
I’m helplessly stuck in this environment and I cannot do anything about it. I’ve tried to put on a brave face and suck it up for a long time now. But frankly it’s taking its toll on me and it’s one of the root causes for my general unhappiness and my inability to deal with everything. My friends that I’m slowly losing touch with are all in different schools/colleges and I’m here isolated at school as well as in my own home. But that’s a story for another day.