“Coming back to Highsted in the Sixth Form has given me independence as well as the support I need to achieve. I particularly enjoy the balance between working hard and spending time with my friends”
Emilia, Year 13
Entry to Sixth Form
Highsted Grammar School Sixth Form offers an outstandingly successful provision to both boys and girls intent upon maximising their career opportunities in the rapidly changing world of employment. If you are seeking a challenging level three programme of study after GCSEs and have ambitions to go on to university or secure the highest quality training places, contact us.
Do you want to join one of the most successful post-16 providers in Kent? At Highsted we always strive for excellence, with our proven record of outstanding results and the highest standard of teaching. Want to be joined by like-minded students who really want to learn and will be supported by teachers who will strive to make you competitive in the world of higher education or work? We would love for you to join what we believe is an outstanding Sixth Form.
By working in partnership with Borden Grammar and Fulston Manor schools, we are able to offer a range of A-level courses that is arguably the widest in the area, covering an extensive array of academic and vocational options. In choosing to join our Sixth Form you can create a bespoke course to suit your ambitions, knowing that you will benefit from the best specialist teaching on offer, the best examination results in the area and a most enjoyable Sixth Form experience. Download further information about what you might expect from our Sixth Form, the Partnership and our latest course details for 2018-20.
All subjects are taught by exceptionally well-qualified, experienced teachers, alongside a personalised structure of support and mentoring. View the latest examination results and student destinations 2017.
Admission to the Sixth Form for all students will be as a result of applicants obtaining a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade C or above including English and Mathematics (a minimum of a grade 5 in the reformed GCSE qualifications in English and Mathematics) and A* - B grades in their preferred A-level subjects or nearest equivalents (grades 9 - 6 in reformed GCSE qualifications). We regret that we are unable to offer part-time courses at the moment, so all students are expected to undertake a full programme of study, which consists of four A-level courses plus a coherent enrichment option.
In choosing to join our Sixth Form you will enrol on a post-16 study programme which is ambitious, flexible and enjoyable. Your post-16 programme will offer every opportunity to achieve more than the minimum, with a flexible enrichment option designed to develop your skills of independent learning and enhance your competitiveness after two years of study. At Highsted we value the importance of enrichment and extra-curricular activities, we understand that such activities will enhance your learning and are central to developing any student’s personal competitiveness. As part of your post-16 programme of study you have the opportunity to be involved in at least one enrichment activity, however, you can get involved in as many activities as you like. Typical areas of enrichment include:
- completing the level three Extended Project qualification;
- work experience with local organisations;
- volunteering within the local community;
- completing an additional level three qualification;
- completing an undergraduate level Open University qualification;
- competing in the Crest Engineering scheme;
- undertaking coaching qualifications in various sporting disciplines;
- enrolling on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme;
- taking an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examination;
- enhancing an Art or Photography portfolio.
Our Sixth Form Information Evening takes place in November each year, giving you the chance to find out what our Sixth Form can offer you. To find out more, and to arrange a visit, contact the Key Stage 5 Learning Mentor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application for entry to Highsted’s Sixth Form takes place via UCAS Progress. Information for applicants, a welcome letter from the Assistant Headteacher and our Subject Preference form can be downloaded from this page.
All candidates within the predicted grades to meet our entrance requirements will be invited to visit the school. Interviews are informal, our aim is to explore whether we can meet your needs. You can come on your own, be interviewed with a friend who is also applying, or bring parents/carers.
The best time to contact us is November and March of Year 11, then we will know your requirements in order to design your personalised curriculum alongside those of our existing students. We can, of course, deal with enquiries right up to the first week of Year 12 in September, although popular courses may be already over-subscribed, so the earlier you apply, the better for you. If your GCSE results are not as you expected and/or you change your mind about your subject choices, do keep talking to us.
Remember that we are local, we are experienced, and we can provide specialised support that will help to equip you for the future you choose. We look forward to you joining what we believe is an outstanding Sixth Form.
To see what Highsted is all about, please take a moment to view our Sixth Form Prospectus.