Sixth Form Admissions Policy

Prospective Parents are welcome to visit the School at any time. An appointment should be made by telephoning the School in advance to ensure that a member of staff is available. All visitors must report to the General Office first.

Sixth Form Admission Policy 2018/2019

Published Admission number to Year 12 September 2018/19: 230

Students will be admitted into the Sixth Form at age 16 where the school agrees it is able to offer and resource, for the student, a programme of study from which he or she will benefit.

Key Stage 5 courses chosen by students and their GCSE results will be discussed individually with each student prior to a place being confirmed at the commencement of the relevant academic year.

Successful applicants will sign an agreed working contract.

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum GCSE average points score of 40 and a C grade (or equivalent) in both English and mathematics to follow an AS/A Level programme of study or a programme of study combining AS/A Levels and Level Three BTEC courses.
  • A minimum GCSE average points score of 36 to follow Level Three BTEC courses.
  • Students must meet the specific subject requirements as published in the Sixth Form Prospectus available from the school.

The maximum capacity of the Sixth Form is a total of 436; with a maximum of 230 in Year 12. In the event of oversubscription applicants will be ranked ordered according to their average GCSE point score in their best 8 GCSE results (including English and mathematics). Offers will be made according to places available in the relevant teaching groups. Where this does not provide sufficient differentiation between students for the final places preference will be given to:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Students with younger siblings already within the school at the time of admission.
  3. The student(s) who live(s) closest to the school.  Priority will be determined by straight-line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority. 
  4. To Children of staff in both of the following circumstances:

a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or

b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

For applicants not awarded a place as a result of the above they may appeal to an independent statutory appeals panel established under the current regulations especially for this purpose.

A waiting list will be maintained by the school.