About the Sixth Form

Admissions

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to our Sixth Form. Our admissions procedure is shown below but, before applying, we strongly recommend that you attend our Open Evening or contact us for an informal visit.

Our admissions process is as follows;

  • Complete and send us your application form.
  • You will be invited for a short, informal interview to discuss subject choices and your general aptitude for Level 3 study.

Please note that our basic entry requirement is to achieve five Level 2 subject passes at Grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Specific subjects then have their own preferred entry requirements, which can be viewed in the Subject Information pages by downloading the course guide.

We also require a satisfactory recent report from your current school.

 

Able, Gifted and Talented Students

Our most gifted students become part of our Russell Group. They have access to a bespoke programme designed to enhance their entry into the most competitive courses at the most prestigious universities.  This includes the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification, which is an extended piece of individual work based upon personal research that the best universities look favourably upon.

 

Beyond the Sixth Form

Approximately 75% of our students choose to go to university after leaving us, with the remainder electing to begin a career.  A real strength of our Sixth Form is the support students have when making decisions over their future.

All Y13 students have an hour each week timetabled with their personal tutor to research their future options and then receive support with their UCAS application or job search. We also have close links with apprenticeship providers and careers officers for those not wishing to attend university.

 

Enrichment

Success after leaving Sixth Form involves more than just good exam grades. We encourage and support students to become involved in a wide range of activities to help them become the well-rounded individuals universities and employers want.

Recent opportunities have included;

  • Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
  • Football and netball teams
  • Debating groups
  • Study skills days
  • Becoming ‘teaching assistants’ in main school
  • Individual work placements
  • Many visits including to Oxford University, physics students to CERN, Wimbledon and media students to Florida
  • Essay writing competitions

Examination Results

Please see this page for information about examination results in the sixth form.

 

Financial Support

We are able to offer financial support to some students each year from a limited sum of money allocated to us by the government. In priority order we offer;

Compulsory Bursaries of £1200

These bursaries are available to students who are;

  • Looked after children
  • A care leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support/ Universal Credit
  • A disabled student in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments)

 

Discretionary Bursaries of up to £800

These bursaries are available for students receiving Free School Meals.

Other Discretionary Bursaries

These bursaries are available for students who are suffering from financial hardship that is affecting their education, for example help with difficult financial circumstances, transport costs or school trips. Applications for these bursaries can be made by letter and must be supported by evidence of financial hardship.

Please note that all bursary payments can only be made by BACS transfer into the students own bank accounts. Payments are made weekly and are subject to students fulfilling the terms of their learning agreement.

 

Pastoral Support

All students have a personal tutor who mentors them and supports their progress. They see their personal tutor each day in Year 12 and also have a tutorial period with them each week in Year 13. Should any pastoral issues arise students can be further supported by their Head Of Year or through referral to a suitable outside agency.

 

The Sixth Form Day

Morning form period begins at 8.40am and lessons finish at 2.50pm. If students have no timetabled lessons then they are free to sign out.

Registration8.40am - 8.55am
Period 18.55am - 9.45am
Period 2 9.45am - 10.35am
Break 10.35am - 10.50am
Period 3 10.50am - 11.40am
Period 4 11:40am - 12.30 pm
Period 5 12.30pm - 2.00pm (including 30 minute Lunch break)
Period 6 2.00pm - 2.50pm

School will close at 2.10 pm on Wednesdays to facilitate opportunities for staff training and development activities.  Some subjects have ‘Period 7’ lessons which run from 3pm until 3:45pm.