How to Apply

The transition at 16 from GCSE courses to A levels is a very important step in your educational career and we see the process as a guided step, where we offer information, advice and guidance with your further destination in mind. We adopt the same process whether you are a student moving on from our own Year 11, or if you are an applicant from another school or college.

There is a pupil admission number (PAN) for the Sixth Form of 160 for Year 12 and the criteria for allocating in the event of oversubscription is covered in the school admission policy here.

The entry requirement for advanced level study is: grade 4 and 5 across English language and mathematics*. At least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Entry requirements into the Sixth Form and specific courses are non-negotiable. *This means if you achieve a grade 4 in English you need to achieve a grade 5 in mathematics; if you achieve a grade 4 in mathematics you need to achieve a grade 5 in English.

This is very much a baseline qualification and many subjects strongly recommend or require higher grades if you wish to take their subject at advanced level: see the subject requirements table and subject descriptions in the prospectus. It is preferred for any student wishing to pursue advanced level courses to have at least a grade 5 in both English and mathematics: these are an indicator that you will be able to deal with the literacy and numeracy demands of all A levels. This is the minimum requirement for applicants from other academies, schools and colleges.

The school is holding an information evening on Thursday, 20th January 2022.  The application form for entry to the Sixth Form will be sent out to all Year 11 students at Keswick School no later than Friday, 5th February 2022.  Students who attended the Sixth Form Information Evening, who currently attend other schools, will be sent the External Applicants application form.  On the application form you must tell us which subjects you intend to study from the option columns provided.  We will also ask you to set out why you want to study in the Sixth Form at Keswick School in the form of a personal statement. 

You should submit your application as soon as you are ready, but you must submit it by Friday, 12th February 2022.  

Once we have received your application, we will invite you and your parent/guardian(s) for a meeting to disucss the process and implications of joining the Sixth Form.  This year, we anticipate that discussions for applicants from other schools will be held in person and we will combine these with a tour of the school.  Students from Keswick School will have their meeting via a face-to-face online meeting.  This is subject to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 so we will confirm final details in the application form.

Final places are allocated once all entry requirements have been met in accordance with the school admission policy following the GCSE results day.

Important staff in this process:

Miss Sophie French, Head of Sixth Form, who manages the application process, along with the two Sixth Form Year Heads: Dr Tony Foody and Mr Mark Stanton.

Mrs Carol McIntosh, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students already at Keswick School.

Mrs Christine Lennon, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students who apply from other schools and colleges.

Applying to the Sixth Form

Get in touch.

Vicarage Hill
CA12 5QB

017687 72605