Sixth Form

‘I can..’

Our Sixth Form speaks for itself. Click on our video clip to see more about what is important to us and how we bring the reality of ‘I can…’ to life.



As a school we are extremely proud of our Sixth Form community. We have outstanding staff, students and resources that combine together to add value to all that we do. Sixth Form studies are of vital importance in preparing you for the next step in your life, whether that is more education at university, another provider or moving into the world of work.

More time for every subject

Research shows that one of the most important factors in academic success is classroom time with experienced and enthusiastic subject specialist teachers. Abbeyfield takes this very seriously. Our A Level and BTEC teachers have a proven track record of delivering courses which support students to make better than expected progress. Our smaller then average class sizes allow teacher to adopt seminar style teacher strategies which allow us to both support and challenge our Sixth Form students; this is our Unique Selling Point, and one we pride ourselves on.

(Abbeyfield Head Girl and Head Boy)

Pathways through Abbeyfield Sixth Form

Abbeyfield is an inclusive sixth form but recognizes that our students have different starting points and aspirations. We have adopted a pathways approach helping to cater for all students that meet our standard entry criteria of 5+ Grade 4 or above GCSE passes. The pathways are:


  1. Pathway to Russell Group universities including Oxford, Cambridge and medicine courses. This pathway is particularly suitable for students who gain high GCSE grades in a range of subjects. Students on this pathway should ideally include two facilitating subjects at A level in their choices.
  2. Pathway to university and higher education. This pathway is most suitable for students with good GCSE grades in the subjects they wish to continue with. Students on this pathway may mix traditional A level subjects with BTEC courses.
  3. Pathway to Apprenticeships and work. This pathway is more practical and involves study of BTECS with perhaps one A level course.


In addition, students have the option to study for an additional Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and / or Core Maths, both of which provide additional UCAS points to support university applications.

Should anyone need to re-sit their Maths or English Language, this is also supported by our subject specialist teachers, with the option for a November 2019 entry, as well as Summer 2020.


If you are new to Abbeyfield, please feel free to contact me via email ( for further discussion, or to arrange a tour. We look forward to receiving your application and working with you during your Sixth Form career.


Mrs R Haig-Williams
Head of Sixth Form