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  • Sustained high levels of attainment averaging nearly 30% A* to A over past five years and 60% A* to B
  • Courses offering a wide range of choice at A level and vocational subjects.
  • Average class sizes of 10-15
  • Outstanding facilities for teaching and study
  • Excellent guidance and individual support with a dedicated team of mentors
  • Extended project – students can gain an extra half A level by either completing a practical project with a word essay or a straight research essay and deliver a presentation on their area of research
  • HE+ Programme – students who are academically-able can participate in this initiative run by Cambridge University and can attend extension lessons throughout the year plus a residential in the spring
  • Enrichment programme offering a variety of activities to promote healthy lifestyles for 16-19 students which are tailored to meet the needs of the students
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Thursday 17 October and  prospective students and their parents are welcome to visit to attend.  There will be a presentation at 6.00pm in the Theatre followed by a schedule of subject presentations until 8.15pm.  Please contact Mr Hawksworth, Head of Sixth Form on 01531 631012 x370 or

Details of our Admissions Policy for Sixth Form can be found here:

Application Form 2020


Entry Requirements

Our general Sixth Form entry requirement is 5 GCSEs at level 4-9. Specific subject requirements are illustrated in the table below. If a student has not studied a subject at GCSE, this does not preclude them from studying it at A level. Entry to vocational courses is considered on an individual basis. Further details about courses can be found in the subject guides below.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements to study in the Sixth Form will be considered on a student by student basis and a students’ attitude and willingness to work hard during Year 11 is a key factor. Discussions will be had with the relevant subject leaders with a final decision taken by the Head of Sixth Form.

Entry profile for specific subjects

Subject GCSE requirements
Biology and Chemistry and Physics Level 6 preferred; will consider a Level 5 with:

  • Level 5 in English (Biology)
  • Level 5 in Maths (Chemistry and Physics)
French and German Level 6 preferred; will consider a Level 5


Maths Level 6 preferred; will consider a Level 5
Mathematical Studies Level 5 in Maths; will consider a Level 4


Accounting and Computing Level 5 in Maths


Psychology Level 5 in English and a Science subject preferred


Level 4 in Maths and English

Merit at GCSE if taken

Health and Social Care


Level 5 in English and a Science subject preferred; will consider Level 4
ICT Merit if taken
Music Level 6 * or the ability to play a musical instrument to a good standard (grade 6 and above), and able to read music easily.
All other subjects Level 5 preferred in the relevant subject; will consider a Level 4*


Where this subject has not been studied at GCSE, students will be considered based on their overall academic profile


Art & Design Fine Art

Art & Design Photography




Computer Science



English Literature


Health & Social Care


ICT Technicals

Maths and Further Maths

Mathematical Studies

Modern Foreign Languages


Physical Education