We are delighted that you are considering Abbeyfield Sixth Form for your post-16 provision. At Abbeyfield we are extremely proud of our Sixth Form offer, Challenge Partners have recognised as an outstanding provision (2018); a finding supported by our Alps outcomes which place us within the top 20% nationally for student progress, and by Ofsted who found “Students in the Sixth Form are making better progress with their A level and applied courses than their peers in other schools across the country” (2017).

This is a reflection of our commitment to high quality teaching which means that students are well prepared for life after Abbeyfield.  Our smaller than average class sizes allow for seminar style teaching, where students are able to spend more time with teachers to discuss work and understand what they need to do to make progress. All students will also be timetabled for supervised study to support them to complete the independent working aspects of their Level 3 courses.

Our excellent pastoral careers support means that students are well prepared for life after Abbeyfield. We are able to provide guidance to enable student to access a wide range of post-18 pathways, including degree level education through university or accessing degree of higher apprenticeships. Equally, we recognised that for some their post-18 option may be to move into paid employment, or simply taking a gap year to travel before moving onto university or into a career.

Please download the handbook below – it contains some very important information:

16-19 study programme

All students will study fulltime at Abbeyfield Sixth form and will follow a programme that has been designed to provide them with structured and challenging learning that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. Study programmes are individually tailored and will typically combine the elements below:

  1. Substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment.
  2. English and maths where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4
  3. An opportunity to undertake work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions.
  4. Other non-qualification activity to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.