Entry to Year 12 will be on the basis of academic ability and achievement using a total points score of the individual’s best nine GCSEs. Points will be allocated as the number of the grade. Grades at 4 or lower will not be counted. The usual requirement for Advanced Level courses is the achievement of a minimum of 63 points, to include grade 7s or higher in subjects to be followed to Advanced Level (or related subjects) and at least a grade 6 in English and Mathematics. Year 11 pupils who meet this requirement may proceed into the Sixth Form. For any student who took GCSEs early in unreformed subjects with the old letter grades, the system A*=8, A=7, B=6 will apply; C grades or lower will not count.
Applicants whose predicted grades meet our minimum GCSE requirements (set out in our Admissions Policy for appropriate year of entry) are invited to sit the Entrance Test at the School. The Test consists of papers in the four subjects applicants wish to study at A-Level and is academically demanding. 471 applications were received for entry in 2020.
The papers are aimed at GCSE students and the topics and/or skills that they are currently studying, irrespective of examination board. Guidance notes will be provided prior to the Test.
In the event of oversubscription from external candidates, places will be allocated on the basis of: assessment of predicted or known GCSE grades and academic information from an applicant’s current school; performance in the written tests; the availability of places in the A Level subject options.
Sixth Form offers will be made at the end of March and will be conditional upon meeting the criteria for entry as set out in our Admissions Policy. Successful applicants will be expected to attend an Introduction Day during the Summer Term 2020.
Please note that applicants must have the legal right to be resident in the United Kingdom at the start of and for the duration of their A Level programme.
Those offered places will be invited to celebrate their achievement at our Congratulations Evening in April. The evening will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the School and to meet staff on an informal basis.