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Ark sixth forms

The choice of where to study for sixth form is a vital one

Ark sixth form students enjoy a rich, varied experience and benefit from a culture of high expectations. We provide sixth forms that have the simple objective of ensuring 100% of leavers go to university or pursue the career of their choice. The majority of our sixth form places are taken by students progressing from Year 11 within our academies, but we also welcome applications from motivated, hardworking, and well-qualified students from other schools.

Sixth form curriculum 

Our sixth forms have an academic focus consistent with our aim of helping students progress to university or advanced school leaver opportunities. The core of our curriculum offer is A levels, with most students taking four subjects at AS level in Year 12 and continuing three subjects to A2 in Year 13. Students with very high attainment at GCSE are encouraged to consider taking an additional subject in both Year 12 and Year 13 where this is an appropriate option.

The Extended Project Qualification is also offered by several academies in order to provide our most able students with an opportunity to extend their learning beyond the A level curriculum, and to develop the research and enquiry skills valued by upper tier universities.

Most of our sixth forms also offer vocational level 3 course in subjects such as ICT, Business and Performing Arts, typically reflecting the curriculum specialisms of individual academies. These courses also offer a route to specialist degree courses, and ensure that our sixth forms are providing for a wider range of our Y11 leavers.


All of our sixth forms offer a range of enrichment activities, many of which are accredited, in order to provide students with opportunities to develop excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills alongside their academic studies. We expect our sixth form students to be leaders in their school communities through their contributions to sport, music, drama and peer mentoring.

Quality, meaningful work experience is critical to our students gaining entry into university or the work place. Sixth form students have access to work experience placements with leading business which they undertake during school holidays.

Financial support for higher-education

Ark's generous partners and supporters offer a limited number of bursaries to enrich our students’ learning and enable them to continue with their studies. These bursaries range from £1,000 to £40,000 to help with the financial costs of university life.

Academic Achievement

AS results at both Burlington Danes and Ark Putney put them in the top 10% of schools in the country, while A level achievement at BurlingtonDanes last year was in the top 25% of all schools. Ark William Parker Academy andHelenswood Academy joined our three Sixth Forms last year. Both share a well-established Sixth Form, Ark 6th Form East Sussex, the only school Sixth Form in Hastings, where results this
year saw 73% of A level students secure A*-C grades.  The outstanding St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham also opened to A level students in 2013, building on the academy’s track record of exam
success at Key Stage 4. Aiming to compete with the best in Birmingham, students will need at least 5 A*-C grades (including English and maths) and B grades in the subjects they wish to study to gain a place.


Each of our sixth forms has a distinctive character, reflecting its local community and history. Admissions and other information can be obtained from the school's website: