Search parents| menu

Sixth Form Entry Process

We are delighted that you are interested in joining King Edward’s Sixth Form.

Within this section, you will find all the information needed to understand the process of applying to King Edward’s Sixth Form. If you have any queries please do contact our admissions office, who will be happy to answer any of your questions. They can also arrange visits, help with registration or advise on assessment mornings. The admissions team can be reached by Email: [email protected] or Tel: 01225 820399.

Alternatively, you can request a prospectus or you can arrange a tour during the school day (subject to government guidelines).


Key Year 12 Events, Entry Dates & DeadlinesDeadline Dates
Sixth Form Open Evening20 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 applications4 November
Year 12 interviews16 November
Year 12 offer letters sent outEarly December
Deadline for Year 12 offer acceptance13 December



ENTRY PROCESS for year 12

Places for entry into Year 12 will be offered on the basis of a satisfactory report from the pupil’s present school and a series of short interviews with the Headmaster or one of the Deputy Heads, the Head of Sixth Form or a Senior Sixth Form Tutor, and two subject interviews with Heads of Departments.

Pupils looking to join the Sixth Form must reach a minimum target for entry, consisting of:

  • GCSE grade 4 or IGCSE grade 4 or C or above in English Language and Mathematics (grades 6 or B or above are preferable). 
  • A minimum point score of 54 (taken from the 9 best subjects including English Language and Mathematics) with points taken at face value for numerical grades or for alphabetical grades as follows: 8 points for an A*, 7 for an A, 6 for a B, and 5 for a C.  Short courses and grades below 4 or C are not counted for the purposes of entry scores
  • It is recommended that pupils also gain GCSE grade 7 or IGCSE grade 7 or A or above in the subjects chosen for A Level or in allied subjects for A Levels that were not studied at GCSE (eg Physics for Electronics)

The main interview day for external candidates takes place in November each year. Candidates must be registered with the School to be considered for interview. The School will generally send out offers to successful candidates in early December.

King Edward’s pupils are not required to complete a Sixth Form Application Form or attend for interview but must still meet the same examination entry requirements.

A further and smaller allocation of Year 12 places may be offered on a similar basis at a later date, if places are still available.

We offer the following A Level courses

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Classical Greek
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Electronics (AS level only)
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography (Human & Physical)
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Latin
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

We will do our best to accommodate all choices but cannot guarantee that all subject combinations will be possible, or that the subjects offered above will run. A subject will only run if there are sufficient takers to make it viable within the curriculum and given staffing constraints. Once the final choices scheme has been drawn up, it may not be possible to amend subject choices.

sixth form bursaries

To find out more about Sixth Form Bursaries at KES, please click here.



Normal school hours run from 8.40am (registration) to 4pm (end of period five), Monday to Friday.

Pupils staying at school beyond 4pm should either be involved in a supervised after-school activity or should go to the school library, which is supervised until 6pm.

School matches normally take place on Saturdays, but there are also occasionally mid-week fixtures after school. Sports practices and Music or Drama rehearsals also regularly take place after 4pm.