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Entry Requirements

Every year we welcome many students who have previously studied at other schools. Admission to the Sixth Form is predicated on the principle that it is possible to offer each student courses that are most appropriate for them and offer the greatest chance of success, progression, fulfilment and enjoyment. 

The general entry requirement for study in the Sixth Form is an average GCSE grade of 4 in their GCSE subjects with the expectation of a grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics. In the event of a grade 5 not being achieved in English or Mathematics, the application will be reviewed but enrolment cannot be guaranteed. If however, a student has a grade 3 in English or Mathematics, then we will be unable to enrol them in the Sixth Form.   Individual subjects may include their own subject specific requirements above the general entry requirement and these are available in the subject section of the Sixth Form Course Guide 2019. The Sixth Form Team will advise and guide students through this process and provide any support that they may need to make appropriate choices. Any GCSE examinations that are missed, but are supported with authorised medical or personal reasons notified to the exams office at the time, may be taken into account by the Sixth Form Team should the entry requirements for Sixth Form study not be met as a result. 

Course Choices

We make every effort to timetable the option choices of all students, but please note that it is not always possible for every student’s request to be met. Where we are not able to timetable an option choice we will notify the student early in the application process to provide support in the selection of another option choice. 

Every effort is made to maximise the number of option choices allocated to students. The subjects we offer are available provided a sufficient number of students enrol for each course. The positioning of subjects in blocks for timetabling is redesigned each year to suit the requirements of the majority of students’ subject choices.