Sixth Form

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.

Curriculum

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.

English: Literature.

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.

Admissions

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.

Non-scholarship students
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.

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Higher and Careers Education

Higher and Careers Education is an important part of the curriculum at Frensham Heights. Young people are entering a working world that, due to advances in technology and automation, is changing exponentially. Careers Education at Frensham Heights is designed to equip our students with the tools needed to thrive in this changing world; to make the most appropriate choices at 14-19 and beyond in to their working lives. The school is a member of the Inspiring Futures independent schools’ careers service, and their specialist support is available to students and parents in conjunction with day-to-day support from the school careers coordinator.

The careers offer for the Sixth Form has a dual focus. The Sixth Form team focus on higher education, whereas the careers programme focusses on other options for further study and specific careers information.

The Sixth Form team offer visits to a Higher Education (HE) Conference, University and College open days and, on occasion, a gap year fair.  Their main emphasis is on HE and supporting students with their HE applications. Tutors use their close relationships with students to advise them on suitable course and careers options. In the summer term of Year 12, students are fully briefed about the university applications process (UCAS) and are signed in to Unifrog, giving information about University Study, as well as Apprenticeship routes.

The careers programme in the Sixth Form includes all Year 12 students having one-to-one meetings with Inspiring Futures careers advisors to discuss their career aspirations and plans for future study.  For students who were at Frensham Heights in the Middle School, this interview uses the report from the careers guidance interview in Year 11. 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. All students are offered ‘Your Big Interview’, a formal mock interview with a parent volunteer or member of support staff and the Careers Networking Evening together with Year 11, preceded by a presentation on networking skills.

In addition, ‘Life After Frensham Week’ is offered to Year 12 students in the summer term. This is a full week of careers and HE related activities. This week also contains a ‘Life After Frensham Evening’ for Sixth Form students and parents which includes information on University study and presentations from admissions tutors and major employers.

Next Steps

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.