The Sixth Form at St Laurence School is a vibrant, dynamic and aspirational community where all students are provided with the skills and knowledge to face the future with confidence. There is an excellent track record of success at Key Stage 5 with a high percentage of students progressing to their chosen university and a significant number gaining admission to Oxford and Cambridge.
Whether students are new to St Laurence School or whether they move into the Sixth Form from within, the moment is a defining one. It marks a clear transition and it brings with it a changed status. Students are regarded within the School community as young adults.
The Sixth Form are housed within their own new Sixth Form Centre, a place to socialise and study as well as a place where they will find support and guidance. Sixth Form students are given more freedom and greater responsibility, but they remain an integral part of the wider school community and are also integrated within the School’s vertical tutor system and this enables them to take the lead in supporting their tutor and become role models for younger students within their House.
Several educational visits and activities are also available for Sixth Formers, ranging from an annual Gifted and Talented conference in Malaysia to completing the Ten Tors Challenge in Dartmoor, and from the Senior ski trip to Italy to fundraising for a community based project in rural Romania.
In Year 12, students have a weekly lesson to sharpen their study skills which will enable them to succeed in their A Level or BTEC studies. This time-tabled lesson also provides students with the opportunity to start thinking about life beyond school; students will investigate potential Universities and courses as well as potential apprenticeships, work placements and Gap Years that may be the favoured route into the world of work for some. Towards the end of Year 12, all students attend UCAS events and open days.
At the start of Year 13, students are supported by their tutors, subject staff and the Director of the Sixth Form with their UCAS applications. A day of mock interviews is provided for students applying for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses. We also invite in external agencies and ex-students to talk to students and parents in order to provide up-to-date information on funding for Higher Education as well as the University application process.
Throughout the Sixth Form, students’ progress is monitored and all subject areas complete an assessment within the first half-term of Year 12 and also throughout Year 12 and Year 13. This provides initial information on how the students are adapting to the challenges of Sixth Form life and allows support and guidance to be offered where needed thereafter.
We do all we can to ensure that our students leave the Sixth Form with a firm sense that we are part of a global society with a key role to play in its future. Our aim is that every student leaves with skills and experiences that will set them up to continue tasting success long into the future. Ultimately, for each and every student, we care, we inspire and we succeed.
How to Apply
The St Laurence School admission policy applies solely to applications for places at St Laurence School. As an Academy St Laurence School acts as its own admission authority. The Governing Body is responsible for determining the procedures and policies.
The admission policy of St Laurence School is, while there are adequate places, to offer a place to all applicants irrespective of gender, religion, ethnicity or country of origin, disability or academic ability.
The application form can be found below. Please download and complete the form fully and return it to St Laurence School.
St Laurence has places available for entry into Year 12 each September. For full details of our Post 16 admissions process, please refer to the Sixth Form Prospectus. Please note that the prospectus is in the process of being updated with our 2016 / 17 entry requirements and exam results. It will be live in the near future.
These will take place during January and February for internal candidates. External candidates will be invited for interview in March. Prior to an interview we are happy for prospective external candidates to visit at any time. The interview is an opportunity to discuss your preferred courses and check that they match future career intentions.
To progress into the St Laurence Sixth Form to study A Levels requires students achieving a grade 4 in English Language and Maths plus 3 other C grades BUT students require a B or a grade 5 to study their chosen subject at A Level (to study a Science(s) requires a BB at Core and Additional Science GCSE). To study BTEC courses that are worth the equivalent of 3 A Levels, students require a grade 4 in English Language and Maths plus 2 other C grades. There is supplementary information for specific subjects included in the entry pack and on the school website.
While we will accept entry into the Sixth Form with a 4 in English Language and Maths we are not sure whether a 5 will be required for entry onto certain University courses at a later date and therefore we will offer a re-sit in these subjects for those students to achieve a 5 grade.
There are several key documents which you can download from this webpage and more information on each subject that we offer can be found in our prospectus. If you would like to find out more about St Laurence Sixth Form or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Louise Macauley in the Sixth Form Administration Office.