Frequently Asked Questions

Why Abbeyfield?

  • Excellent subject specialist teachers
  • Smaller than average class sizes allowing for seminar style teaching
  • Wide variety of courses and pathways on offer
  • Inclusive
  • Community
  • Strong outcomes for 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, supporting KS3/KS4 lessons, charity work as well as supporting our charity and team building events and sports day.
  • Opportunities to take on a leadership role. For example, Head Students, House Captains, Senior Students, Sport’s Ambassadors, running Sixth Form events such as Christmas and Leavers parties, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, School Council, Sixth Form development.
  • Sixth form students have their own modern accommodation including a common room, 2 x study rooms, seating areas in the lower street 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 approximately the same time per subject on independent working / homework
  • 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
  • One library study session per fortnight

There is a positive working environment at Abbeyfield

How do I apply to join Abbeyfield Sixth Form?

  1. Attend the Open Evening on November 8th. Leave an email address so school can contact you about taster day
  2. Attend Sixth Form Taster day on January 10th
  3. Complete an application form by January 25th 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. Attend 6th Form Induction day in July
  7. 23rd – 30th August: accept offer or arrange a meeting with Head of Sixth or Second in Sixth Form to discuss options.

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 ‘we know you, and you know us’
  • Tutor support which provides pastoral and academic support

The teachers are really supportive and always ready to help

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. Our 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
  • Support with your application process, including preparing personal statements and the application process itself
  • Finance meeting with external provider
  • Degree apprenticeship meeting with external provider
For ALL students:
  • Employability Day in July which includes advise on preparing application letters, as well as an opportunity for a practise interview and feedback with a local employer.