The Sweyne Park School

Sixth Form Admission

Admissions Criteria for entry to the Sixth Form

Total Intended Number to Admit:  140 (September 2021)

We have 15 places reserved for external applicants to the Sixth Form. More external applicants may be admitted until we have reached our limit of 140 students. In previous years, we have not had to turn away any external applicant who has met the entry criteria.

Admission to the Sixth Form will be subject to the following criteria:

The student must have attained the minimum GCSE Points Score of 38 points from his or her best eight GCSE results, with at least Grade 5 in English and Grade 5 in Maths for Advanced Level entry. A GCSE Points Score of 30 points will be required to follow a combined curriculum of Vocational Courses and A Levels.  Please see the table below to help you calculate your points score.

The GCSE Points Score is a points total which counts a student’s best 8 GCSE grades including English and Maths. Add your best 8 grades together using the points awarded on the following scale:

Reformed Qualifications 9 to 1 Unreformed qualifications (A* to G) Other/vocational Level 2 qualifications
Grade 9 – 9pts A* – 8.5pts Distinction – 7pts
Grade 8 – 8pts A – 7pts Merit – 5.5pts
Grade 7 – 7pts B – 5.5pts Pass – 4pts
Grade 6 – 6pts C – 4pts  
Grade 5 – 5pts D – 3pts  
etc E – 2pts  

Individual subject entry criteria will also apply in the following A Level subjects:

Subject Grade
Maths Grade 7 in Maths
Further Maths Grade 8 in Maths
Biology Grade 7 in Biology/Combined Science
Chemistry Grade 7 in Chem/Combined Science
Physics Grade 7 in Phys/Combined Science
PE Grade 6 in Biology/Combined Science
English Literature Grade 6 in Eng Literature
English Lang & Lit Grade 6 in Eng Language
Modern Languages Grade 6 in the releveant language
Economics Grade 7 in Maths
Music Grade 5 in an instrument (or equivalent)
Computer Science Grade 7 in Maths or Science AND taking Maths or Physics A Level

In the event of over-subscription, the following (in addition to the above) will apply:

  1. Looked-after children will be given first priority1.
  2. Proximity of the child’s home to the school, on the basis of straight-line distance, with those living nearest being accorded the higher priority.
  3. For the purposes of Points 1 and 2 above, the school does not distinguish between internal and external applicants.

Applications can be e-mailed to Mrs Jan Abel, the Sixth Form Administrator, at

1 Under the Children Act 1989, a child is legally defined as ‘looked after’ by a local authority if he or she (a) gets accommodation from the local authority for a continuous period of more than 24 hours, (b) is subject to a care order (to put the child into the care of the local authority), or (c) is subject to a placement order (to put the child up for adoption). (


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