Frequently Asked Questions

Why Abbeyfield?
• Excellent subject teachers
• More contact time with teachers
• Wide variety of courses on offer
• Inclusive
• Community
• Strong outcomes for past students


The sixth form is a warm, supportive and friendly environment


What is life like in Abbeyfield Sixth form?
The students in our sixth form see themselves as part of a community. As part of this community you will be in a vertical tutor group made up of Y12 and 13 students and a dedicated sixth form tutor.
• All Y12 students volunteer either in the local or school community. Examples include peer mentoring, SEN support, helping in a local SEN school in the hydrotherapy pool, charity work.
• Opportunities to take on a leadership role. For example Head Students, House Captains, Sport’s Leaders, running sixth form events, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, School Council, Sixth form development.
• Sixth form students have their own modern accommodation including common room, study room, seating areas as well as access to all the schools facilities.

How does the timetable work?
• Three or four level three courses with 10 hours a fortnight teaching time plus additional seminar sessions in A Level subjects.
• Retake opportunities for students needing L2 English and Maths.
• Opportunity to take Core Maths or an EPQ at AS level.
• One PSHE lesson a fortnight
• One PE lesson a fortnight
• Students in Y12 will volunteer once a week


There is a positive working environment at Abbeyfield


What are the entry requirements?
Abbeyfield’s standard entry requirements are 5 passes at Level 4 or above GCSE. Individual subjects also have minimum recommended entry requirements to help students to choose the courses that will suit them best.

How do I apply to join Abbeyfield Sixth Form?
1. Attend the Open Evening on November 16th. Leave an email address so school can contact you about taster day.
2. Attend taster day in January
3. Complete an application form by January 30th and return to Abbeyfield School.
4. You will be invited for interview during term 3.
5. A formal offer will be made and letter sent out during term four if you are successful in gaining a place.
6. 24th – 30th August: accept offer or arrange a meeting with Head of Sixth to discuss options.


The teachers are really supportive and always ready to help


Why a sixth form rather than college?
• Offers a better stepping stone between school and higher education/ work allowing students time to develop independent learning skills.
• Rigorous and academic environment
• Familiarity
• Good pastoral care including tutor support

What support will I receive at Abbeyfield with deciding on my next steps?
Abbeyfield prides itself on knowing the needs of each individual within our sixth form community. Support and guidance is tailored to the individual but may include:

For those wishing to go to university:
• We have strong links with Oxford, Bristol, UWE, Bath, Portsmouth and Cardiff and are part of the UWE Heading Higher Scheme.
• Practice interviews with Oxfizz at St Mary’s School for top universities.
• University trips and visits both general and subject specific

For those wishing to enter work or an apprenticeship:
• Practice interviews with local business leaders including detailed feedback session arranged through the Chamber of Commerce.
• Work experience opportunities with local businesses
• Help preparing CV’s, and letters of application
• Supervised study sessions working quietly whilst supported by a member of staff.
• Students will also have some self study lessons to help them develop independence and organisational skills