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Charles Darwin School

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Sixth Form


Welcome to Charles Darwin School Sixth Form

Choosing where and what to study after Year 11 can often have a huge impact on the course of your life and it could be one of the most significant educational decisions you will have to make. Getting this decision right is therefore very important.

Charles Darwin School has an excellent inclusive Sixth Form offering a range of courses to support Advanced Level study as well a number of level 2 courses to use in combination with AS/A2 qualifications. Our aim is to ensure that your post-16 experience: the study of your chosen subjects as well as the broader educational opportunities that we offer help inspire a voyage of self-discovery and success. Our students leave the Sixth Form focused, independent, confident and well-qualified to grasp opportunities to build a successful future.

A Level study options include all traditional facilitating subjects along with vocational subjects to suit a range of future career opportunities. Study programmes are personalised to the needs of the student once GCSE examination results are confirmed. Individual enrolment interviews pay a lot of attention to ensuring appropriate study choices at the beginning of Year 12: this interview is an important in helping to personalising our offer in the Sixth Form .

Each year approximately 60%-70% of our Sixth Formers go onto further educational studies at University, others pursue apprenticeship and occupation routes. Whatever your chosen path our support in terms of making successful applications through UCAS or equivalent and interview preparation is extensive and highly successful.

With a maximum of 240 pupils in the Sixth Form, the school prides itself on individual care and guidance. Class sizes are small and our teachers generously give additional time to coach and mentor pupils through exams. Results have consistently been excellent - in the top 30% of value added performance.

Our students benefit from many other enriching opportunities - for example we facilitate and encourage voluntary work, work experience opportunities, sports teams’ participation and a variety of leadership development programmes.

The Sixth Form prefect team led by the head boy and head girl is a powerful student leadership body; within the school they run their own committees raising money for charity and ensuring a happy and thriving school social community.


The ethos of the Sixth Form aims to create ‘successful independent learners’ with a broad curriculum offer to cater for highly academic Oxbridge and Russell Group candidates but also ranging to suit the needs of the applicants who may need to boost their L2 learning before moving into L3 assessment. Our results over the past three years have been in the highest percentage of value added achievement in the country for which we have received awards and recognition from ALPS along with praise from UCAS/universities on the quality of personal statements. Overall, we aim to raise aspirations and support pupils to reach their goals. The curriculum offer includes a pastoral curriculum designed to enhance key skills and prepare our students to be both competitive and competent in the world of work, whether that is before or after they attend university.

Charles Darwin School Sixth Formers are role models for the school, treated with respect and are expected to act accordingly. We have a business dress code as we are a working environment, a code of conduct and achievement/attendance expectations. It is a Sixth Form that allows students to grow as individuals but with support and guidance from an experienced, exceptionally supportive and well qualified teaching team. We welcome applicants who meet our entry requirements, who are prepared to show a willingness to study independently and have the ambition to meet their academic targets

 After Sixth form

On average between 60% and 70% of pupils enter further education establishments (in addition to approximately 10% taking a gap year) over the past years in a variety of places named in the selection below:

  • Anglia Ruskin – Performing Arts, Photography
  • Bath – Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Bradford – Law
  • Bristol – Physics
  • Birmingham – English Literature, History, Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Bournemouth – Journalism, Film
  • Brighton- Neuroscience, Art, Nursing, PE, Teacher Training, events Management, Engineering
  • Bristol West of England – Engineering, nursing
  • Brunel – PE, Business Studies
  • Buckinghamshire – Music Technology
  • Cambridge – English Literature
  • Canterbury Christchurch  - Teacher training, Nursing,  International Affairs, Geography, History, Criminology
  • Chichester – Sport, Performing Arts, Dance
  • Colchester - Drama
  • Exeter – Geography, Mathematics, Physics
  • Essex – Politics, Law
  • Falmouth - Photography
  • Goldsmiths – Product Design
  • Hertfordshire – Creative Writing, Pilot Training
  • Kent – History, Politics and international relations, Economics and politics, English Literature
  • Laban Dance School
  • Lancaster – Bio-medical Science
  • Liverpool – performing arts
  • Leeds Trinity – Forensic Psychology
  • Loughborough – Business, Graphics
  • Oxford Brookes – Architecture, Drama
  • Portsmouth – Creative Writing, Drama, English Literature, IT, History, Mathematics, Business, Civil Engineering
  • Ravensbourne – Art, Graphic Design, Media, TV production, Photography and Film
  • Roehampton – Criminology, Drama, Primary School Education, Dance
  • Reading – Psychology, English Literature, Mathematics, Geography, History, Economics, Politics, Geography
  • Royal Holloway- Geography
  • Royal Veterinary College – Animal Science
  • Southampton – Mathematics, History, Sociology and Music
  • Southampton Solent – Music journalism, Sports, Music and Fashion
  • Sheffield – English Literature, Robotics
  • Surrey – Drama and Theatre Studies, Nursing
  • UCL – Biological Science
  • University of East Anglia – Drama
  • York – Business, English Literature

Additionally we have pupils leave to take up a variety of advanced apprenticeships or further training: electronics, carpentry, accountancy, pilot training, engineering, animal husbandry, performing arts, social work, and mechanics or to join the services.

additional opportunities 

All of our students complete regular voluntary work in the community and the school supporting literacy and EAL students and ensure they have work experience completed by the end of Year 12.  We provide opportunities to develop leadership, team work, physical recreation, team sport, presentation skills, interview skills, problem solving, debating, reading and researching, and participation in live show performances, dance competitions, music and travel abroad.  The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ ) is offered to all pupils at the end of Year 12 as a voluntary extra  award as it is highly regarded by universities as a preparation for further study.  As a result of this our UCAS and job applications are fully developed to show an ‘all-rounder’ capable of academic study and social integration.  Our UCAS applicants are fully supported throughout the whole entry process including results day for adjustment and clearing if necessary.

Every year the Sixth Form raises over £2,000 for charity: our main focus is the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ but we also support the Rumanian Christmas Box appeal (sometimes our students help to deliver the boxes in the orphanages), and another charity nominated by Year 13 every year.  The Senior Prefect team, as well as supporting the school, organise social events for the Sixth Form on a regular basis, charity events, mentor and support Year 7 students, and complete leavers' arrangements. An annual event is the Sixth Form leaver’s BBQ and Ball to say goodbye in an often emotional celebration. Overseas trips include skiing in Year 12 at Easter and an African Adventure working and teaching to aid the community in the summer.