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The Sixth Form

The Sixth Form is well established with a total of around 330 students following a wide range of courses. Most students have been in the school since Year 7, although some do join us from other schools at age 16.

Sixth Form students at King Edward VI receive excellent pastoral care from a team of experienced tutors. The team of tutors plays a crucial role in monitoring the progress of students, along with encouraging independent learning and student self-review. Each year, well over 100 students leave Year 13 to continue their education at university thanks to their hard work and the support of staff.

The Sixth Form is an opportunity for students to further their knowledge and understanding in subjects already taken, or to broaden their interests and pursue courses in new areas. Students usually study four AS Level subjects in Year 12. It is then typical to study three subjects to A2 Level in Year 13 with the option for some students to take an additional A-level in General Studies. It is also possible to combine Advanced Level study with some GCSE work in certain circumstances.

Advanced Levels are currently studied in the following subjects:

Accounting, Applied Science, Art, Biology, BTEC Sport, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology and General Studies.

Our Sixth Form provision is supplemented by access to Advanced level courses at other schools in the Lichfield and Burntwood District. Our joint timetabling arrangements make it possible for students to take a course, not available at

10 King Edward VI School, elsewhere.

There is a very strong sense of community amongst Sixth Form students which focuses on a number of activities which take place in the course of a year. The Ashmole Society is the centre of much of the social activity of the Sixth Form but, in addition, many students organise House events for younger students in the main school, and a number are also involved in supporting Year activities. The development of leadership skills is strongly encouraged among Sixth Form students and positions of responsibility as prefects and senior prefects are eagerly sought and highly respected. The Senior Five is an important aspect of life in our Sixth Form. It consists of the School Captain, Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. This team has an influential role across the school. They are chosen carefully and carry out a number of duties requiring them to work alongside staff and students to ensure that the students’ voice is heard and that the school’s traditions are maintained through their work with the Old Edwardians Society.

“The sixth form is good and students achieve well because teaching is at least good and often outstanding. Students make excellent progress on a wide range of courses and are well prepared for their futures”. Ofsted report March 2014

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