Years 12 and 13
Our Sixth Form is one where scientists mix with artists, linguists mix with actors and sports stars mix with dancers. What better preparation for higher education can there be? We aim to give every student a broad academic, creative and cultural education while also preparing them for life after school in higher education and work. Students leave Frensham to start a wonderful range of university courses – from neuroscience to music and fashion management to astrophysics. Some have been at Frensham for most or all of their school lives while others joined the school in the Sixth Form but they all have that self-respect and self-belief that is so ingrained in life at Frensham.
The Sixth Form options groups are reviewed annually. Students choose to study three A Level subjects and have the option to take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)or a fourth subject. Current A Levels offered are:
Mathematics and Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Psychology, Physics.
Humanities: Business Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Sociology.
Creative: Fine Art, Dance, Drama (Theatre Studies), Music, Music Technology, Photography, Product Design.
Languages: French, German, Spanish.
Sport: PE or BTEC Level 3 National Sport and Exercise Science.
The Extended Project Qualification is offered for suitable candidates and English as an additional language is available if required as a charged extra.
In addition to the more traditional games, Sixth Formers have a wide choice of activities for the games afternoon including yoga, weight training, cycling and aerobics.
Students wanting to join our Sixth Form must have achieved or be likely to achieve at least six GCSE passes (A* – C grade), ideally with B grades in the subjects they wish to study at AS Level. We are selective only in the sense that we aim to choose the students we believe will get the most out of everything the school has to offer and who in turn we can best help to achieve their potential.
Entrance interviews and exams
All candidates registered for entry into Year 12 by mid-October are called for interview with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form. Scholarship candidates will also be called for an audition and interview with the relevant head of department.
The main entrance process will take place in mid November for entry the following September.
The entrance exams comprise a 30-minute general paper and three 20-minute questions to be answered in the subjects of each student’s choice. (Students do not have to take their exams in the same subjects they wish to study at AS Level.) They will also be asked to complete an on-line standardised test.
Scholarship students sit the 30-minute general paper and one 60-minute paper for which there is a choice of subjects for students applying for an Academic Scholarship or a subject-specific paper for students applying for a Scholarship in art, dance, drama, music, photography and sport. Candidates will also be asked to complete an on-line standardised test.
Admissions procedures for late candidates
If places remain available after the November exams, individual candidates will be invited in for interview and to sit the entrance exams on a mutually convenient date.
Higher and Careers Education
The school is a member of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) and their specialist support is available to students and parents in conjunction with day-to-day support from the school careers coordinator.
This is coordinated by the Head and Assistant Head of Sixth Form and involves visits to a Higher Education Conference, university and college open days and occasionally a gap year fair. The main emphasis is on Higher Education and supporting students with their Higher Education applications. Tutors use their close relationships with students to advise them on suitable course and career options.
Students in Years 12 and 13 take part in the ‘Inside Knowledge’ programme (biannually) where students select a few careers of interest (such as law or business management) and attend a workshop delivered by someone who has worked in this area.
Year 12 students also attend a Higher Education day in the summer term to find out about the university applications process (UCAS) and all have individual meetings with ISCO careers representatives to discuss course ideas and how these relate to career aspirations. As part of this, students are encouraged to set up their own work experience during the holidays, with tutors and teachers available to give advice.
Frensham’s Sixth Form is a lively and vibrant part of the school where students are guided and supported through their A Level exams – and in choosing the right path to the wider world, whether that be higher education, a worthwhile gap year or starting out on the career ladder.
We are proud of our Sixth Formers, both academically and in so many other areas. Those who leave us at 18 after anything from two to 15 years are perhaps the best advertisement for the school. They embody so much of what we aim to achieve: rounded, tolerant, creative, resourceful, curious and respectful individuals.
In August 2017, our students achieved an excellent set of results, so much so that all those not taking a gap year realised their first or second choice of university. The sheer breadth of courses is a testament to the flexibility of Frensham and reflects the wonderful kaleidoscope of talents among our Sixth Formers.
In the last two years, our students have gone on to many different higher education colleges and universities. The wide range of courses, from Art to Medicine, Drama to Mathematics, English to Physics and Dance to Marine Biology, clearly reflects the wonderful diversity of life at Frensham.