Choosing The Right School for Sixth form

There are many things for parents to consider when thinking of moving school for sixth form study

Settling into a new school environment with new teachers and teaching styles, at a time when your teenager only has two years to achieve the top grades they will need for entry to university, presents quite a challenge.

Moving school at sixth form is therefore a huge decision and it is vital that it is being made for the right educational reasons and not just for a change of scene or for socialising.

Considering whether to study IB or A Level, choosing the right subject combinations to meet interests and abilities, choosing to move to boarding school, as an opportunity to develop independence before leaving school for university – these are all factors to take into consideration when moving school for sixth form.

Most schools carry out their testing process for sixth form during the Autumn Term before the year of entry with exams usually in October or November. Exams are usually taken in the subjects that your teenager wishes to take at sixth form level. There is usually a fairly rigorous interview process alongside the assessments.

If you are considering your options to move school for sixth form, you really need to be making initial enquiries to schools during Year 10, to ensure you keep you options open and do not miss any application deadlines. Most schools have specific application paperwork for sixth form entry including in many cases a pen profile, decisions on subject choices and predicted grades at GCSE.

If you need some some professional advice on choosing the right school for sixth form, our expert consultants can help you in the following ways:

  • Reviewing the option of IB vs. A level and advice on choosing the right subjects.
  • Reviewing your sixth form school options, assisting with the application process and with arranging visit appointments.
  • Interview practice sessions with a consultant by Skype or face-to-face.

If you are considering a move of school for sixth form, please give us a call for an informal chat about your requirements.

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