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Sixth Form Admissions 2021

In the wake of the COVID-19 situation we do understand that the Year 11s will not have had a normal build up to their exams. As a consequence, we will apply a flexible approach to the admissions process with teacher recommendations playing an important part.

Admission to the Sixth Form is based on satisfactory GCSE results, with the addition of an informal interview for external candidates. The minimum academic requirement for entry to Princethorpe Sixth Form is six GCSEs grades at levels 9-5, including at least three grade level 6s or equivalent. Candidates are normally expected to have at least a level 6 in the subjects to be studied to A-level, however for Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Latin and Chemistry and Physics a level 8 is recommended, although we will consider pupils who achieved a level 7 if they have their teacher’s support. A level 7 is required for Biology.

If you wish to begin Economics or Law in Sixth Form, you will be expected to have achieved at least a level 6 in both Mathematics and English Language. If you wish to study Computer Science at A-level, you must have taken it at GCSE. If you wish to study Psychology at A-level you will need a minimum of a level 5 in English and Mathematics, plus a level 6 is highly recommended in a Science subject (ideally Biology).

Please work really hard for your GCSEs because they are likely to be the only externally validated evidence of academic success that universities and employers will have available to them when making their decisions.

Above all, we want Sixth Form to be a rich and fulfilling experience for you: an opportunity to enjoy a range of learning situations and a time when you feel encouraged to explore future possibilities. If you enter it whole-heartedly, it really should be the best time of your life so far!

Next steps?

If you are already at Princethorpe, the options procedure is explained to you through assemblies, meetings, tutorials and interviews.

If you are not yet at Princethorpe and are thinking of joining us, we would be delighted to welcome you. Please contact the Registrars who will be happy to talk you through the process.

Sixth Form Open Evening

Wednesday 14 October 2020 - 6.30pm to 9.00pm

The College will be holding a Sixth Form Open Evening aimed at Year 11 pupils and their parents who do not currently attend Princethorpe on Wednesday 14 October from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

The evening will be split into two hour-long sessions and visitors will be asked to book a specific session, so we can manage numbers and adhere to government guidelines.

This event is aimed at prospective Sixth Formers who are interested in September 2021 entry to the college.  A maximum of two family members will be able to attend with the prospective Sixth Former.

Each session will comprise a presentation by the Headmaster, Ed Hester and Head of Sixth Form, Ben Collie, including key events and dates in the Sixth Form application process, A-level and BTEC subject information and general information on the Sixth Form experience at Princethorpe.  

Visitors will also be able to follow a tour route around key school locations. There will be a further virtual aspect to the evening when candidates will be able to view pre-recorded introductions to the subjects they are interested in by the Heads of Department.

Princethorpe's own Year 11s will have a Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening on the same date.

For further information please email admissions@princethorpe.co.uk or call 01926 634201/262/297 and talk to our friendly Admissions Team.

Sixth Form Taster Days

A key part of the process for external candidates is attendance at one of our specific Sixth Form Taster Days.

These are informal opportunities for small groups of prospective Sixth Formers to visit the College for a selection of A-level subject taster lessons, a Q&A session with current Sixth Formers, lunch, a tour of school, an informal interview with our Head of Sixth Form and a chance to meet the Headmaster.

Taster Days for 2021 entry will be taking place on Tuesday 8 December 2020 or Thursday 14 January 2021 from 9.15am to 5.00pm.

To register interest in attending a Sixth Form Taster Day please complete the form below and we will be in touch to confirm availability.

External Candidates

The deadline for Sixth Form applications for external candidates is Monday 1 February 2021. We would appreciate having your application in by that date, along with your completed Final Option Subject Choices Form and any Academic, Art, Drama, Music (including Organ) and Sport Scholarship or Bursary applications.

Following satisfactory references from the student’s current school, the Admission Panel will meet and, if appropriate, a conditional offer will be made subject to actual GCSE grades.

Sixth Form offers and Scholarship offers will be made week commencing Monday 22 March 2021.

Confirmation of acceptance from a parent with a £300 deposit is then required to secure the place. This deposit is refunded after the end of the final term which the student spends at Princethorpe.

The deadline for acceptances of Sixth Form places and Scholarship offers is Wednesday 21 April 2021.

If you have any questions relating to the admissions process or scholarships please contact our friendly Admissions Team, Registrar, Vanessa Rooney, Assistant Registrar, Helen Morgan and Admissions Administrator, Catherine Rogers, who will be pleased to help you. Please contact them on 01926 634201/262/297 or 07930 601877/07951 075247 respectively, alternatively email them at admissions@princethorpe.co.uk.

For more information on Sixth Form Admissions 2021 see our Information Booklet and Registration Form below.

For external candidates, once actual GCSE grades have been advised to the Registrar by telephone in August, a confirmed offer will be made. 

Confirmation of acceptance from a parent with £300 deposit is then required to secure the place. This deposit is refunded after the end of the final term which the pupil spends at Princethorpe.

The Head and Assistant Heads of Sixth Form hold interviews following GCSE results day for any prospective Sixth Former who has concerns about his or her choice of subjects.




Sixth Form Scholarships and Bursaries

At Sixth Form level there are a range of scholarships available, from Academic to Art, Drama, Music (including Organ) and Sports Scholarships. All scholarships are open to internal and external candidates.

The deadline for applications for Sixth Form Scholarships is Monday 1 February 2021, click on the button below for more information on the individual scholarships, requirements and the relevant process.