Students entering our Sixth Form look forward to excellent educationally and personal support. We recognise this is time when important decisions are made about the future and young people at this age are defining their personalities and character. It’s a time when a sense of direction and purpose kicks in, and more importantly, a time when individuality is shining through.
Our Sixth Form students share common aims to develop academic rigour, close friendships, career ambitions and independence in a caring and lively environment. Dedicated staff who support them, encourage each and every student to embrace a sense of possibility in what they can achieve, and to obtain the ambition and confidence to be the best they can.
The pages within this section will give you a real flavour of Sixth Form life as a Dukie, from the academic opportunities and expansive array of lifestyle activities, to the independent living and leadership responsibilities.
Being a Dukie is a very special credential to have in this competitive world, and past students are fully committed to developing a Dukie network with our current students through development of The Dukies’ Association and the Next Step Programme.
Highly successful A Level and BTEC results
Our A Level and BTEC results have been highly successful with 45% of exam results obtaining A* - B grades.
The pass rate obtained is 97%. We are particularly pleased 80% of students will be going to university to continue their education, 10% into the military and 10% employment.
Outstanding success includes: Fiona Saunderson with A*A*AA* in English Literature, Government & Politics, History, EPQ, respectively (meeting the Cambridge entrance requirements); Sam Russell with Double Dist.* in Engineering, AA in PE, EPQ, B Maths; and Saskia De Giles with A* Geography, A EPQ, BB in Business, Government & Politics. Fiona, who has already passed the Law National Aptitude Test, will read Law at Cambridge; for Sam it is Civil Engineering at a Russell Group university; and Saskia will read International Relations at Exeter.
Principal Alex Foreman said: “We have seen remarkable results and great progress this year with outstanding achievements in subjects such as Engineering where the average grade was the highest possible at Dist.*. This can be credited to our students thriving in our boarding environment, superb facilities and links to STEM resources through our extensive military connections. Other subjects with high level performances include History, Chemistry, Photography, and Performing Arts, demonstrating strength across all faculties. I’d like to congratulate all our students on an excellent set of results and wish them well in their chosen paths.”
We offer 80% academic scholarships to students that gain at least 8 GCSE passes including English and Mathematics, grade 7 or above in 5 or more GCSEs and can demonstrate an excellent behaviour record. A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for high achievers in sport, drama, music and military.