Why Study With Us?

Our students achieve excellent results. From their academic success, students progress onto various courses at university as well as higher level apprenticeships and employment. All our Sixth Form teachers are subject specialists and have developed a great deal of expertise in their area. Consequently, we receive highly positive feedback every year about the level of support that our students can access from their teachers.

“Students in the Sixth Form make good progress in academic courses and achieve grades which enable them to progress to university, apprenticeships or employment.”

Ofsted – October 2017

Pass rates are amongst the best in Staffordshire with an overall pass rate in 2019 over 99%
47% of all grades were at A* - B (or equivalent)
In 2020 84% of Year 13 leavers attained a university place, with 91% of these being their first choice
100% A-A* achieved in Extended Project Qualification over a number of years.
Excellent support from an experienced and highly skilled set of personal tutors in completing their post-18 applications.
Many opportunities to develop employability skills through activities such as the Ashmole Society, House activities and as a Prefect
Independent careers advice available for every student to explore their post-18 options.
Talks from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge inspire and encourage students. Students all visit the UCAS Higher Education Conference and a Russell Group university to explore their post-18 options.
A huge range of enrichment activities are on offer including volunteering, reading groups, sports teams, Debating Society, Maths Challenge, Young Enterprise and many more.
Become part of the King Edward VI community –whether getting involved in House activities or supporting charity events, everyone plays a part in our school.

What King Edward VI Offers You

As a Sixth Form we are committed to supporting you to realise your academic potential, whilst developing the personal and social skills which will equip you for life beyond education. As well as offering a wide range of courses, we offer an extensive programme of enrichment activities to develop well rounded individuals. We also ensure you are given every support in planning your chosen route after Sixth Form education, whether it is to university, a higher level apprenticeship or full-time employment.

Each student has an individual programme of study, which is tailored to their interest and ability. Students have daily access to a form tutor and sixth form leadership team comprising the Head of Sixth Form, Achievement Leader Year 12 and Year 13 and Assistant Achievement Leader Year 12 and Year 13. In addition, we have our own Post 16 Administration Officer who provides guidance and support for students on a variety of issues including university applications.

Every student has daily access to a tutor for consultation; advice and assistance at every stage of development; and the opportunity to make an appointment with the school’s careers advisor.

By choosing King Edward VI Sixth Form you will be opting to study in an environment where staff care about your personal development and your academic progress. We are committed to each individual student, so we put great stress on guidance, care and support. Each student will have daily access to a Form Tutor and Sixth Form Leadership Team comprising the Head of Sixth Form, Achievement Leader Year 12 and Year 13 and Assistant Achievement Leader Year 12 and Year 13. We work hard with you to make sure that decisions made are informed and wise.

Along with our academic success, we are proud to be a Sixth Form which has a strong sense of community; a place where everybody is valued, supported and encouraged to contribute to their community. Not only do our Sixth Form students act as role models to younger students within the school, but they also assist in organising whole school events in which students of all ages participate. Many students also take on additional responsibility by acting as Prefects, House Prefects and Mentors. Our students are excellent ambassadors for the School and Sixth Form in the local community and we are very proud of them.

We look forward to welcoming you to King Edward VI Sixth form where you will embark on the next stage of your education.

D J Butler
Assistant Headteacher
Head of Sixth Form

Meet the Sixth Form Team

Mr D Butler

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form

Miss Jemma Williamson

Year 12 & 13 Achievement Leader

Mr Steven Hensley

Year 12 & 13 Assistant Achievement Leader

Mrs B Gillson

Post 16 Administration Officer

Additional Information

Careers Advice

The Careers Library in the upstairs section of the Resource Centre provides reference books, pamphlets, prospectuses and other printed materials regarding higher education and employment opportunities. In addition, a Careers Officer visits the school by prior arrangement, to see students on an appointment basis. Other appointments may be arranged through the Careers Office. Guest speakers visit the School to address students on employment and higher education. Students will attend Open Days appropriate to their individual UCAS applications, and all will have the opportunity to attend the local Higher Education Convention in Year 12. There is no shortage of advice; students are urged to take advantage of the information offered.


The Sixth Form Centre provides an excellent opportunity for sixth form study and personal development, containing Sixth Form teaching rooms, a computer suite, sixth form offices, toilets and the common room.

The Sixth Form Common Room contains facilities for making drinks and easy chairs and tables to work at. The school catering service also provides a vending machine of sandwiches and snacks. A regular rota ensures the tidiness of the room and an atmosphere to be able to both study and relax is implemented during timetabled lessons. Students are also permitted to go off site during their study periods and break-times with permission from their parents/guardians, once agreed by the school.