Both examination results and evidence from the inspection indicate that pupils achieve at a high level and make good progress.

ISI 2013


A Level studies begin in Lower Sixth (Year 12) and are continued into Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Most students will have previously studied GCSEs or IGCSEs, although some international students may have studied other equivalent courses.  A Level studies in the Sixth Form give our students the satisfying opportunity to study a small number of subjects at a much higher level.  Class sizes are kept even smaller than at GCSE, with an average of less than 9 students per class, enabling students to gain a significant amount of teacher support. Greater emphasis is placed on students showing increased responsibility for their independent studies to support their understanding of the course. However, we understand that this can be a challenging transition and our teachers frequently provide extra support outside the timetabled lessons.

A Levels are sometimes called General Certificates of Education (GCE) or Advanced level. You will study three subjects for two years, with all formal examinations taking place at the end of the course. Students may begin on four subjects at the beginning of the course, with the approval of the Deputy Head (prior to the commencement of studies).  A Levels are highly valued by universities and employers and have been used as a benchmark to judge student ability for more than 60 years. A Levels are assessed and marked in a variety of ways.  The course specification will tell you how that subject is assessed.


•             Art: (Fine Art or Graphic Designs or Photography 

              or Textiles)

•             Biology

•             Chemistry

•             Classical Civilisation

•             Computing

•             Design Technology (Resistant Materials,

              Graphic Products or Textiles)

•             Drama

•             Economics and Business Studies

•             English Literature

•             French

•             German

•             Geography

•             History

•             Latin

•             Mathematics, which may also be taken with

              Further Mathematics

•             Music

•             Physical Education

•             Physics

•             Psychology

•             Religious Studies

•             Spanish

* Please also note that some courses do need a minimum number of pupils taking the course in order to run.


Most international students also follow a course in English as an Additional Language (EAL) leading to the IELTS qualification. International students who need a good level of support in English are advised by staff to tailor their academic programme, as appropriate. The options systems in the Sixth Form is re-designed each year to accommodate all pupils' preferred choices as far as is possible. Pupils are asked to select their choice of subjects by February in each year and advice to help them make their choices is carefully planned.

To study A Levels in the Sixth Form, pupils are expected to achieve at least six GCSE passes at grade 5 or C, including passes in English Language and Mathematics, and three passes at grade 6 or B or higher in their desired subject choices.  For subjects not studied before, the grades in relevant subjects will be used.  Most students will achieve rather higher grades than this requirement. For specific A-Level subjects, notably Mathematics and Science subjects, performance at GCSE is recommended to be at least grade 7 or an A.


Both examination results and evidence from the inspection indicate that pupils achieve at a high level and make good progress.

ISI 2013
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