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Why Choose Us?


Having a Sixth Form at The King’s Academy allows students to continue their education without interruption or the upheaval of moving to another centre of learning. We also welcome students  from other schools in the area to join our Sixth Form and benefit from our outstanding teaching, pastoral care and facilities.

Sixth Form at The King’s strikes a balance between the structure and support provided by school and the independence offered to young people in higher education. We understand the amount of effort and commitment A levels and other courses demand so we provide the care, support and guidance students need at this critical stage in their lives.

In 2016, Year 13 students made good progress from their starting points into the sixth form. Good-quality teaching, the business-like atmosphere, strong pastoral support and the good range of courses enable students to thrive. Their personal, social, moral and cultural development continues to be well promoted. There are many opportunities for students to take leadership roles in the school and they become good role models for younger pupils. Such responsibilities contribute well to skills they need as adults. Virtually all move onto their chosen destinations successfully, including many to Russell Group universities.”

Ofsted, 2017.

Our Sixth Formers are recognised as the most senior students in the Academy and their maturity is reflected in the privileges they receive. In addition to the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl, they are invited to fulfil a number of responsible roles in the life of the Academy, including serving as Senior Prefects, Prefects and House Captains, mentoring younger students and supporting staff at public events. Sixth Formers wear a more business-like uniform that is different from younger students’ and have the freedom to spend lunch and breaktimes off site (with the nearby McDonald’s being a popular destination!), unlike the rest of the student body. Driving lessons and tests can be arranged in study periods by negotiation with the Head of Sixth Form.

At The King’s it is not all work. The Academy has a strong reputation for sport, performing arts and creative arts and Sixth Formers are encouraged to pursue other interests alongside their academic studies, a balance sought by employers and universities. They have the chance to develop leadership skills, to take part in team-building activities and to complete charity work in the local area and abroad. The Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme offers students the chance to choose from many diverse activities ranging from work placements and Junior Academy support to rock climbing and surfing.

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