Frequently Asked Questions

What grades do pupils need to get to access courses in the sixth Form?

We typically ask for an average of a grade 5 across the subjects taken at GCSE level. However, it is more important that students have attained the grades needed for their subject choices post 16, all subjects have individual subject requirements.

  

Are resits available?

Re-sits are offered for English and Mathematics GCSE

What if we are away on GCSE results day?

If you are a current King Edward VI Y11 student you will have arranged with the examinations office about how you will receive your results. If these results mean you have to change your sixth form options you will be able to liaise via email or confirm your programme on the first day back in September. If you are an external applicant you can email your results through to the school.

How will external applicants make the school aware of their exam results?

You will be invited into school on the afternoon of your GCSE results day. This will enable you to bring your results to us and offer you the opportunity to confirm your programme of study with us. If you are away then you can email your results through to the school.

Do you prioritise your own students?

No. Around two thirds of our Y11 students tend to stay with us into the Sixth Form. However, each year they are joined by a high number of students from neighbouring schools. There have been over 40 students each year joining our own Y11 students in recent times. Each student’s application is looked at individually and assuming they meet the school and subject entry criteria, and their options can fit into our option blocks then places have been available to all.

  

Do I need to complete bridging work?

There is a jump in expected standard from GCSE Level 2 courses to A Level and other Level 3 courses. Each department and subject provides bridging work for students to complete and familiarise themselves with the level of work and detail that will be necessary to achieve academically. Examples of this bridging work can be viewed here (Link)

Can I take four A Levels?

There is no need for a student to sit four A Levels but we do offer it as an opportunity for those students that have the academic ability to do so and want to. The general entry requirement to join our sixth form is an average attainment 8 score of 5.0. To study four A Levels we ask for an average attainment 8 score of 7.0.

  

Do you have option blocks I need to pick from?

Not initially. We run an open options process and create option blocks based on demand for subjects and combinations. Once these are created any further changes will be restricted by the option block in place.

  

What happens if there is a clash in the options that I want to take?

We have an open pool system for applying at the outset. Our Head of Sixth Form will then create option blocks to ensure as many students as possible can take the subjects they choose. On the odd occasion this may not be possible so our Head of Sixth Form will work with individuals to either seek an alternative subject or look at the possibility of studying an individual subject at one of the other school in the district as part of a consortium arrangement we have with these schools.

  

Will a class/subject definately run next year?

It will all depend upon demand. Our Headteacher and senior staff will look at the initial numbers for subjects from the application forms. If numbers are not viable in a particular subject then the school will be in touch with students to explain this and look at possible options and alternatives.

  

What sizes are typical classes?

This can vary between subjects. In general the majority are between 12 and 18 students per class, with a couple of subjects being slightly less or slightly more.

How many hours do I get per subject?

Each subject is timetabled for a morning session (3 hours) and an afternoon session (2 hours) each week. Each lesson is an hour long and students will have 9 hours per subject over a fortnight.

How much homework do different subjects get?

It will vary at different times of the year. You will also have study periods where you are expected to complete additional tasks to support your learning. This may include homework, wider reading or completing past paper questions. We usually expect that for every hour in lessons you complete an hour of extra study. To ensure you have the wide range of knowledge needed for level 3 studies, this additional work is essential.

How does a form tutor work in sixth form?

Form tutors are your point of contact in school. You will see them each day you are due in school as well as for PSHE. They will speak to you about your achievement and share key messages. Your form tutor will write any post 18 references for you so it is essential that you communicate your extracurricular activities to them and develop a positive working relationship.

What are A Level results like at the school?

We are very proud of our high academic achievement, including some of the best pass rates in Staffordshire. However, importantly we believe that every student is supported to do their very best. You can read more about this on our website.

Our A Level results for 2019 can be found in our sixth form prospectus, on page 52. In 2019 our overall pass rate was 99%. 47% of all grades were at A*-B.

Our A Level results for 2019 can be found in our sixth form prospectus, on page 52. In 2019 our overall pass rate was 99%. 47% of all grades were at A*-B.

How does it work if you are going to other schools for lessons?

If there is a clash with one of your subjects or you wish to study a subject that is not available at King Edward VI then it’s possible for you to study that subject at one of our consortium schools within the District. Our Head of Sixth Form will arrange this if required. Students will then attend that school for the morning and afternoon session during the week. Students make their own way to and from the Lichfield schools, with transport provided to the Burntwood based schools.

What if I want to do a subject offered at another school? Do I have to apply to them as well?

It is not necessary for you to make a separate application if you are looking at studying isolated single subject at another school. Our Head of Sixth Form will make the enquiry and confirm any place needed.

Who are the consortium schools within the District?

The consortium schools, where students can study a single subject or study with us, are The Friary School, Netherstowe, ChaseTerrace Academy and Erasmus Darwin Academy.

What support is there for high achievers or students that may require additional help?

Our gifted and talented coordinator works with departments to ensure that students are correctly identified and supported. In addition the coordinator will work with parents to promote additional opportunities.

Our Learning Support department work closely with students and parents to ensure that support is personalised to each students needs. We base our approach on Quality First teaching for all students, whatever their starting point when they join us. Please see the learning support department page on our website for more information.

What support is available for mental health?

Form tutors and teaching staff are there to speak to students who may experiencing challenges with their mental health. We have a Student Support team in school who are there to support students with any mental health concerns they may have. We can signpost students to access support and also have our own school counsellor.

What is PSHE like in sixth form?

In Sixth Form, the PSHE calendar covers a range of issues relevant to Sixth Form students. We cover topics including sexual health, safe driving and wider social issues as well as supporting students with their post 18 options. We also have a variety of visiting speakers.

How many students go to university each year?

We have around 160-180 students in each year of the sixth form. Around 75% of students go direct to university in the year they leave school with around 10% taking a gap year and travelling or employment before taking up a university course. We have around 12% of students taking up a higher-level apprenticeship or going directly into employment. We often have a couple of students who undertake a university course abroad or join one of our armed services.

How much support is there for University and Apprenticeship applications?

There is a wealth of support available for university and apprenticeship applications. Form tutors share information and advice during PSHE and form time and we run two annual off timetable days to support students with their applications. This includes speakers from universities and companies as well as returning students who share their experiences.

Do you have a careers advisor?

Yes we have access to an independent careers advisor for Sixth Form students who comes into school every couple of weeks to offer advice and support with Post school options.

What rewards are available?

Throughout the school day students are encouraged to try their best and staff can reward this effort with an ‘achievement’. These are recorded centrally and can be viewed by parents on SIMs. We have a termly rewards ceremony where the ‘top 2’ students in each class are recognised. Annually students can receive ‘colours’ for commitment and dedication in sports, the arts and debating and we also recognise students achievements beyond the classroom through our governors award ceremony.

What is the dress code for the sixth form?

We are a 6th form with a uniform. The exact details of which can be found on page 11 of the sixth form prospectus.

Do I need to buy books?

Where books are needed, departments will share these with you, possibly electronically. Books which can be purchased to support study such as revision guides can be recommended by departments.

How can I get to school?

Many students use the public buses and trains to get to school, Lichfield is well provided for with transport links. Students can also drive to school and use the Sixth Form car park if they apply to us for a permit.

Sixth form students don’t automatically get a bus pass if they had one in year 11.  Free school transport ends at the end of year 11.  The majority of sixth formers are not eligible for free school transport but there are some exceptions, please see our website, https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Schooltransport/Post16/Home.aspx

Can you park on site?

Yes. We have a dedicated section of the school site for Sixth Form students to park. Students can apply for a parking permit from the Sixth Form administrator.

How do you communicate with parents?

There is a regular newsletter which is used to share updates and good news with parents. In addition we use email and texting to regularly communicate with parents. You can also follow us on Twitter (there is a whole school twitter and many departments and the transition team have their own accounts) or get involved in the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). Information about students and their learning is widely shared via the website, Show My Homework (used by all students), our Cashless Catering system (viewing menus and meal choices) and our Switch Learning Platform (for timetables, reports, attendance, achievement and behaviour logs) all support parents in supporting their child.

In addition there is a parents evening each year and termly reports.

  

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities across subjects and areas of interest. Clubs run in many curriculum areas with students also representing the school by supporting in the Library, performing in school productions or music groups and representing the school in sports teams. In addition, there is a wide programme of house competitions which include everything from cooking to general knowledge. Although due to current restrictions face-to-face activities have been temporarily paused we know how much staff and students value these opportunities. There are further opportunities to take on prefect roles leading and organising various events in school and train as a mentor to our younger students. We attend a number of local and national debating competitions as well as providing public speaking opportunities. We also have a rich tradition of success with the Young Enterprise programme. Last year we won the national competition and represented the UK in the European finals. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, is open to our sixth formers who wish to obtain their Gold Award. We also value volunteering, either as part of a structured programme or through local links; we have close links with Saxon Hill Academy at the top end of our school site.

  

Is there an opportunity to do work experience?

We do not have a designated slot when Sixth Form students can undertake work experience. However, we are fully aware of its importance and understand how difficult it can be to secure, so offer the flexibility for students to be able to take the time when a work experience placement becomes available. This can be agreed with the support of the Sixth Form achievement team and subject staff. Students often do a more regular work experience that they fit around their timetable. Examples of this have included work in local primary schools and care homes.

What trips and visits take place?

These can vary year on year but residential trips in recent years have seen the Geography department undertake field course studies in the Lake District, Business department to China, Art department to New York, History department to Germany to name a few. In addition, there are many other day trips offered by departments within the UK.

  

Where can students go at break and lunch times?

We have three food points around the school which provide a wide range of meals from sandwiches and jacket potatoes to a weekly roast dinner and fish and chips on a Friday. The school is lucky to have several grassed areas which can be used for games and sitting with friends.

Our normal lunchtime gives you an hour’s break between morning and afternoon sessions. Sixth Form students have the option of going off site if they wish. There is also the sixth form common room for students use.

Do I need to be in school all the time?

If you are part of King Edward VI Sixth Form, then you are a full time student and will need to attend all timetabled lessons.

When students have shown the ability to utilise study period time appropriately in school, they can take the opportunity to have ‘home release’ and study from home.

Our normal lunchtime gives you an hour’s break between morning and afternoon sessions. Sixth Form students have the option of going off site if they wish. There is also the sixth form common room for students use.

Where can I go when not in lessons?

All Sixth Form students have access to a common room. There is soft seating, tables and chairs for study, basic kitchenette facilities and vending machines in the common room. There is an ICT suite adjacent to the common room for study use. In addition, Sixth Form students have sole use of the top area of the LRC (Learning Resource Centre) for a quieter study experience. Many subjects have rooms that can be used in their department areas to assist with specialised study (eg; Art & Music).

Our normal lunchtime gives you an hour’s break between morning and afternoon sessions. Sixth Form students have the option of going off site if they wish. There is also the sixth form common room for students use.

Do you have a school council?

The School Council is made up of representatives from each Year Council. The year council in turn is made up of representatives from each year group. The Year Council and School Council meet each half term. The School Council also consists of the ‘Senior Five’ sixth form students who meet weekly with the Headteacher. The Headteacher, an Assistant Headteacher and a representative from the governors are present at school council meetings.