At the end of two years in the Sixth Form, we expect students to have achieved a good quality set of Advanced Subsidiary (‘AS’) and Advanced Level grades. Performance in public examinations is exceptional with an annual pass rate at A Level in excess of 80% A-B grades. In addition to high academic expectations from students we also consider involvement and development in sports, music, drama or other activities to be an essential dimension to sixth form life. Entry to Year 12 is based on an interview with the Head of the Sixth Form, a minimum of five B grades at G.C.S.E., including Mathematics and English. Usually, subjects selected to be studied at 'A' Level require a grade B pass at G.C.S.E. The exception is Mathematics, where grade A*/A is required in most cases. Success in Advance Level subjects provides the currency for our students to gain access to their university of choice. Until universities move away from demanding good Advanced Level grades for admission, we will continue to focus on achieving these. However, even though three 'A' Levels will continue to be at the heart of the curriculum, we expect the majority of students to begin Year 12 by following at least four 'AS' Level courses.
At the start of Year 13, the study of one of these may be discontinued whilst the others are taken through to full 'A' Levels.