Sixth Form

6th Form at Ellowes

As you will read elsewhere, the school’s A Level and other Sixth Form examination results, have taken a very strong upward turn. This very much reflects the Sixth Form’s part in the wider success of the school; where the GCSE pass rate (99% 5-9s and 80% 5-9 including English and Maths) now places us amongst the highest performing schools in the country and in the top 100 most improved schools nationally.

“We strive to balance, we believe with success, the care and happiness of our students with a firm drive for ambition and achievement and the best possible results. Your time in the Sixth Form will provide you with opportunities to generate an excellent CV. This CV will bear witness to a time that let you develop as an individual , be creative and exercise leadership. This will, in turn, help you stand out to university admission tutors or potential employers.

I strongly believe that the experiences of our Sixth Form students will be rich, rewarding and successful.”

Alan F. Jasper 


Which courses should I take?

Essentially you should select subjects that you’re best at and enjoy most. However, if you have a definite career in mind you will need to select your Sixth Form choices accordingly (we strongly recommend that you do your research beforehand to ensure that you select the subjects required for your degree choice or career pathway). We offer a range of BTEC and A Level courses which you can select from; a programme that combines the two can be highly beneficial.  All BTEC courses offered are accepted by most UK universities.

How many A Levels are sufficient?

Most universities including Oxbridge will ask for three good grades at A Level. Others use a points system, which are generated from your grades. Most Russell Group universities will ask for grades as opposed to points so again, you will need to research this before you select your courses.   Courses such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or English Speaking Board (ESB) are highly regarded by universities as an addition to your level 3 studies.

How much time will I spend studying?

You are allocated approximately 5 hours of lessons weekly and have a sixth which is termed as a study period for that subject. We recommend that you study a similar number of hours outside of the classroom during the week.  So for every hour in the classroom, there should be one of hour of independent study to match.

How will I be assessed?
Your assessment for each course will differ dependent on whether you select A Level or BTEC courses and also which subjects you choose.  A level courses are mainly made up of exams with an assessed piece of coursework whereas BTEC courses are predominantly coursework with an exam based element (new to BTEC courses from September 2016).

Sixth Form life isn’t just about studying, so we recognise the importance of having good social opportunities too.

  • A large common room with kitchen facilities
  • Four all-weather 5-a-side football pitches
  • Fitness gym, double sports hall and swimming pool
  • Trips both nationally and abroad
  • Adventure weekends
  • Parties and social events
  • Theatre outings
  • Summer Ball
  • Sailing club
  • Etiquette Day dining experience