In order to follow the Traditional or Applied Level 3 pathway you must meet the following entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirements for students are two GCSE passes at Grade 6 and four at Grade 5.
- A pass grade at Level 2 BTEC is equivalent to a Grade 4 at GCSE.
- A merit grade at Level 2 BTEC is equivalent to a Grade 6 at GCSE.
Please refer to individual subjects for specific entry requirements.
A thriving community
Welcome to the Burford School Sixth Form, a large and thriving community of over 220 students with an outstanding academic record. Every year we welcome many students from within the school, from other schools and from abroad, all of whom enrich the Sixth Form experience. Our considerable resources and committed staff enable us to fulfill our main aim, which is to help all our students achieve their potential.
Whilst our Sixth Form places great value upon educating the whole person we always have in mind that our main priority is to enable students to achieve their academic potential. In October 2018 we were inspected by OFSTED who commented: ‘The Sixth Form is a real strength of the school.’ Our students’ academic success forms part of what makes Burford Sixth Form special and we are committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all our students.
A broad and rich curriculum
Our wide range of A-level and BTEC courses means that we offer a broad curriculum to suit all needs and interests. With our outstanding advice and guidance, students leave the Sixth Form for a range of further and higher education courses. Together with the Careers Department we give help and advice on applying for University, including taking students on visits, reading personal statements and holding mock interviews. Every year a large proportion of our students achieve places at top Universities, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group.
For those who choose to move on to work placements or into apprenticeships there is extensive advice available to ensure that these aspirations are achieved. In recent years we have seen students go on into apprenticeship with such employers as Air Tanker and IBM.
A rounded education
Burford Sixth Form is rightly renowned for its extra-curricular activities and many students join the Sixth Form from other schools specifically to benefit from these. There is a rich range of activities to get involved in and a whole programme of enrichment events in which all students participate. Our aim is to develop well-rounded, confident and ambitious individuals with a broad range of experiences, who are able to take their place in society. Students are encouraged to grow in maturity by developing independent study skills and the quality of resilience essential for success.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards, musical performances a wide range of sports activities, Young Enterprise, public speaking, debating and charity fundraising are just a few of the activities that ensure there every students develop a wide range of life skills throughout their two years in the sixth form.
The Sixth Form Centre
We seek the best for every student in the Sixth Form and the recently re-furbished Sixth Form Centre provides them with excellent facilities and an area within the school which is their own. The purpose built Centre hosts a large common room with access to wi-fi. Here students can study, relax and eat lunch. Registration take place here along with assemblies and presentations from visiting speakers. In addition to the common room there are two private study rooms for quiet study and a computer suite. The Head of Sixth Form, her Deputy and their Administrator have their offices within the center and are always on hand to help with questions or to give support. When the time comes to look into further education, students can access the large bank of prospectuses and brochures located within the centre.
Sixth Form Dress Code
In the Sixth Form students are no longer required to wear uniform, but are expected to be presentable and smart in their appearance. There is a Sixth Form Dress Code which all students are required to follow.
Visiting the Sixth Form
The vast majority of our Year 11 students move on into the Sixth Form where they are joined by others from a variety of different schools and by students from abroad. Prospective Sixth Form students are invited to visit the school on a normal school day to see it in operation. Visitors are given the opportunity to see around the whole of our extensive site, to visit the Sixth Form Centre and talk to members of our Sixth Form Team. We also hold an Open Evening in November, before students apply for a place in early January.
Key school dates for Sixth Form students – 2020-21
- Year 12 First Day of Term: Wednesday 2 September 2020
- Year 13 First Day of Term: Friday 4 September 2020
- Jeans for Genes Charity Fundraising: Friday 18 September 2020
- Macmillan Coffee Morning: Friday 25 September 2020
- Year 12 Meet the Tutor Evening: Wednesday 14 October 2020
- Year 13 Meet the Tutor Evening: Thursday 15 October 2020
- WOLP Apprenticeship Convention: tbc
- Year 13 Review 1: October 2020
- Year 12 Review 1: November 2020
- Charter Day: Friday 20 November 2020 (Half day holiday)
- Upper School Prize Giving Evening: Friday 20 November 2020
- Holiday: Friday 27 November 2020
- Year 13 Mock Exams 1: Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2020
- Christmas Jumper Day: Thursday 17 December 2020
- Year 13 Review 2: December 2020
- Year 13 Parents’ Evening: Thursday 7 January 2021
- Year 13 Vocational External Exams: Monday 11 – Friday 15 January 2021 (tbc)
- WOLP Careers Event: tbc
- Year 12 Review 2: February 2021
- Year 13 Mock Exams 2: Monday 22 February – Friday 5 March 2021
- Year 13 Review 3: March 2021
- WOLP Careers Fair: Wednesday 24 March 2021
- Year 13 Targeted Parents’ Evening: Thursday 25 March 2021
- Year 12 Exams: Monday 19 – Friday 23 April 2021
- NB: Bank Holiday – Monday 3 May 2021
- Year 12 Review 3: May 2021
- Year 12 Parents’ Evening: Thursday 13 May 2021
- Higher Education Parents’ Evening: Thursday 17 June 2021
- Year 13 A-level Exams: Monday 7 June 2021 – Friday 16 July 2021 (tbc)
- Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner: tbc
- Year 12 Work Experience: Monday 12 – Friday 17 July 2021
- A-level Results: tbc
Sixth Form Staff
The Head of Sixth Form is Ms E Denny. She is supported by a deputy, Mrs C Rose, who is Head of Year 12. The department is supported by their administrator, Mrs M Alcock.
Form Tutors – Year 12
Mrs H Chilton/Mrs B Folch – 12HCH
Mrs T Parker/Mrs P Letowski – 13TPA
Mr A Todd-Jones – 12ATO
Mr C Daglish – 12CDA
Mrs R Watts/Mrs S Hearle –12RWA
Mrs Rebecca Ford – 12RFO
Form Tutors – Year 13
Mrs S Fulford – 13SFU
Mr S Frankcom – 13SFR
Mr S Love – 13SLO
Miss K Scott – 13KSC
Mrs S Augustauskiene – 13SAU
Mr J Lamb – 13JLA