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Application Process

All pupils wishing to apply should complete an application form and return this to the school. Applications can be made from the beginning of each academic year, in September, and all applications must be made before the end of March in the following year. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.  

Admissions Criteria 

Entry to the Sixth Form at Skinners’ is not automatic, although in practice almost all students at Skinners’ do proceed into the Sixth Form. We also expect students to demonstrate a level of maturity and self-discipline appropriate to the Sixth Form.

All prospective external Sixth Form students must make an application. Once we receive your application we apply for a reference and predicted GCSE grades from your current school.  Provisional offers are subsequently made and an induction morning or afternoon is arranged during the summer term.  On GCSE results day we ask that you contact us to confirm your place if you have achieved the required grades.

An application form for entry to the school in September 2019 can be downloaded here.

To enter the Sixth Form at Skinners’ pupils would need:

• A total of 50 points across a pupil’s ‘best 8’ GCSEs with the grade number (9-1) contributing the relevant number of points.

• At least grade 7 at GCSE in the following subjects, in order to study that subject at A level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, French and German. Those studying Physics at A level will either need to study Maths A level alongside or have a grade 8 at GCSE Maths; those studying Chemistry or Biology at A level will need at least a grade 7 at GCSE Maths.

• At least grade 4 in English and Maths at GCSE.

These criteria apply to internal and external applicants to the Sixth Form. In the event of over-subscription for Sixth Form places, priority will be given to existing pupils transferring from Year 11.  The PAN for external candidates will be 15 but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal pupils transferring into Year 12 is less than is required to provide an overall total figure for the Sixth Form, which is 270.

The School will meet Sixth Form applicants, whether internal or external, to ensure that subject choices are appropriate and available. Applicants will not be interviewed; no non-academic context will be a factor in selection. In the event of over-subscription for Sixth Form places, those external candidates with the best academic record at GCSE, whose subject option choices can be offered, will be admitted.