Sixth Form Entry

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The academic results gained each year by our leavers help to rank King Edward’s as one of the leading schools of its kind in the country and one of the top performing schools of any kind in the south-west of England.

Our Sixth Form pupils enjoy access to a wide range of school facilities, including exclusive use of the newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre, which boasts a café and social spaces alongside designated areas for independent study and group work.

Pupils in Year 12 currently choose from around 30 A Level subject options. In addition to their core studies, pupils can also participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities, take on leadership roles, do work experience and go on educational trips both in the UK and abroad.

Please take a moment to read our Sixth Form Entry Guide and FAQs below. If you have any further questions, or would like to book a visit at our Senior School and Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly Admissions team.





Contact the Admissions team to arrange a visit to the School. Our Sixth Form Open Evening takes place in September/October each year, with individual tours also available throughout the year.
Parents will be invited to complete the Online Application Form, which must be accompanied by a £100 non-refundable application fee.

 All pupils wishing to join the Sixth Form must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • GCSE/IGCSE grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics (preferably grade 6 or above)
  • A minimum of 54 points taken from the best 9 subjects (including English Language and Mathematics). Short courses and grades below 4 are not counted.
  • It is also strongly recommended that pupils gain GCSE/IGCSE grade 7 or above in the subjects they have chosen for A Level or in allied subjects for A Levels not studied at GCSE (e.g. Physics for Electronics, History for Politics etc)

The Sixth Form Interview morning takes place in the November preceding entry. Pupils will have interviews with a Senior Leader or Sixth Form Tutor and two subject teachers.

The School will contact families to advise whether we can offer a place. When making an offer, the Headmaster will consider the pupil’s predicted grades, performance in the interviews, school reports and references from their current school.
If an offer is made, a contract will be issued. A place will be confirmed by the School once all paperwork has been returned and a £500 deposit paid. Please note that this deposit will be deducted from the child’s final account upon leaving the School.


key dates & deadlines for sixth form entry in 2025/26

Key Year 12 Events, Entry Dates & Deadlines Deadline Dates
Sixth Form Open Evening 20 September
Deadline for completed Year 12 applications
To request a Bursary Form: Please indicate on the Online Application Form, that you wish to apply for a Bursary under the 'Financial Assistance & Awards' tab. A separate bursarial form will be sent to you.
25 October
Deadline for all completed Year 12 Bursary applications 4 November
Year 12 interviews 16 November
Year 12 offer letters sent out Early December
Deadline for Year 12 offer acceptance 13 December


Senior School Entry Guide 2025


frequently asked questions

Do you accept late applicants for Sixth Form?
The Sixth Form is generally at capacity after the first round of offers, although limited places are occasionally available following GCSE results day. Late applicants should contact the Admissions team to discuss availability.
Where can I find your A Level results by subject?
The full breakdown of our latest A Level results can be found on our website by clicking here.
Where do King Edward’s pupils typically go to university?
Typically, 85-90% of KES pupils who apply for university/HE are successful in gaining entry to their preferred course and institution. 80% of pupils typically go on to study at Russell Group universities. You can view our full list of university destinations on our website.
Do you help pupils prepare for entry to Oxbridge/Medical School?
Our experienced Higher Education and UCAS team provides detailed guidance for all pupils applying for university, including a specific programme tailored for medical applicants (including dentistry and veterinary science) and those applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships for entry into the Sixth Form?
We do not offer Sixth Form scholarships, however financial support is made available for pupils entering Year 12 through our means-tested bursary programme



To apply for a place at King Edward’s, simply click on the ‘Apply To KES’ button below and you will be directed to our Admissions Application page. 



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