Entry at 16+
The two years of the Sixth Form each have about 125 pupils of whom the vast majority has been in the school since entry at 11+. However, we welcome applications for admission from boys from other schools in and around Birmingham. On average, between six and ten boys join the school in the Sixth Form each year.
Since 2010 we have taught the International Baccalaureate Diploma instead of A Levels. The IB embodies an entirely different educational philosophy. The A Level system tends towards specialisation whereas the IB Diploma has at its heart a more holistic approach. It believes in pupils experiencing a wider range of different subjects - boys will continue to study six subjects and must study English, Mathematics, a science, a language (possibly from scratch) and a humanities subject. It is equally important that these subjects are bound together into a coherent whole through a common core. This common core is composed of a course on the Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay on any subject and the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme, whereby a student gets credit for extra-curricular activity. The school believes that this programme provides not only a broader, more interesting and exciting curriculum in the Sixth Form, but will be a better preparation for university and adult life.
More details on the IB Diploma are available here.
For 16+ entry in September 2014 candidates should have been born between 1 September 1997 and 31 August 1998. The closing date for all applications is Friday, 7 February 2014.
The entry procedure at 16+ consists of interviews, predicted GCSE results and a Headteacher's report.
Please note that applications for 16+ arriving after the closing date will still be considered up until the beginning of September 2014, but candidates should be aware that places may no longer be available and any financial assistance will already have been allocated.
For 16+ entry in September 2015 candidates should have been born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999. The closing date for all applications is Friday, 6 February 2015.