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Choosing a school for sixth form

Settling into a new school environment with new teachers and teaching styles, at a time when your teenager only has two years to achieve the top grades they will need for entry to university, presents quite a challenge. This blog will discuss how to choose the right school for your child.

Moving school at sixth form is a huge decision and it is vital that it is being made for the right educational reasons and not just for a change of scene or for socialising. Considering whether to study IB or A Level, choosing the right subject combinations to meet interests and abilities, choosing to move to boarding school, as an opportunity to develop independence before leaving school for university – these are all factors to take into consideration when choosing a sixth form.

Most schools carry out their testing process for sixth form during the Autumn Term before the year of entry with exams usually in October or November of year 11. Exams are usually taken in the subjects that your teenager wishes to take at sixth form level. There is usually a fairly rigorous interview process alongside the assessments.

If you are considering your options to move school for sixth form, you really need to be making initial enquiries to schools during Year 10, to ensure you keep your options open and do not miss any application deadlines. Most schools have specific application paperwork for sixth form entry including in many cases a pen profile, decisions on subject choices and predicted grades at GCSE.

We can help with choosing a sixth form

If you need some professional advice on how to choose the right school for your child for sixth form, our expert consultants can help you in the following ways:

  • Reviewing the option of IB vs. A level and advice on choosing the right subjects.

  • Reviewing your sixth form school options, assisting with the application process and with arranging visit appointments.

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