Our Sixth Form campus buzzes with enthusiasm, energy and ambition. We’re looking
for students who share intellectual curiosity and want to achieve their full potential while
making the most of their time in the Sixth Form.
We’re delighted that you’re considering the Stephen Perse Sixth Form. This page outlines our
entrance requirements and key dates for your calendar. If you have any further questions that
aren’t answered on these pages, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions
We’re a high-achieving Sixth Form so most students joining us are predicted top grades in all
the subjects they’re planning to study at A Level or within the International Baccalaureate (IB)
programme. However, we’re looking for academic potential above all else. We want bright,
curious young people who love to learn - we don’t discriminate based on educational
An offer of a place at Sixth Form will be conditional on achieving a satisfactory school reference
and the required results at GCSE or equivalent.
Our offers are tailored to the individual applicant but, as a guide, we would require a minimum of
50 points for the eight best (I)GCSE results. Points will be calculated from the new 9 - 1 grading
system. We require at least 7 points in any subject that they intend to study in the Sixth Form
where that subject is already being studied at (I)GCSE. For Higher Level Mathematics and
Further Mathematics we require at least 8 points.
Offers are based on the subject choices declared on the application form. Should students later
decide to alter the choice of subjects, this will be subject to availability and further aptitude tests
may be necessary.
If you’re applying for a place at our Sixth Form, you should have already had some great
conversations with current staff and students. If not, we’d encourage you to visit us [link to Visit
the Sixth Form page] and get to know us better.
When you apply to join the Stephen Perse Sixth Form, you’ll be required to:
1. Sit an entrance assessment test - this is a computer-based Cognitive Ability Test
which consists of three sections, each lasting 45 minutes. It’s designed to test your
approach to critical thinking – you may be asked to look at the logic, consistency and
persuasiveness of the arguments on either side of the debate, for example.
2. Have a general interview with the Head of Sixth Form - this will help us get to know
you better and give you the chance to ask us your questions too
If you’re choosing to study Chemistry, Physics or a Language (MFL) you’ll also need to have an
interview with the Head of Curriculum in that particular subject area.
If you’re applying for a scholarship, you’ll need to sit a scholarship test. You’ll also sit a critical
thinking test, that asks you to look at the logic, consistency and persuasiveness of the
arguments on either side of a debate.
Remember to apply for a scholarship by the closing date as you will sit your scholarship test on
the same day as the main entrance assessment test (see Key dates section on this page for
closing date). Unfortunately, late applications to the Sixth Form will not be eligible to apply for a
- 25 October 2021 - Application closing date
- 6 November 2021 - CAT4 entry testing will take place remotely
- 13 November 2021 - Academic scholarship testing
- 8 December 2021 - Offers made
- 8 January 2022 - Acceptance of offers and scholarships
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid we are aware that this has been difficult for students and families when considering sixth form options. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any point throughout the year if you would like us to process an application or if you have any further questions.
International applicants contact admissions for details of the admissions timeframe.