Welcome to the Sixth Form

We are delighted with our 2018 A Level exam results, with 68% of students achieving an A*-B, and an impressive 38% gaining an A* to A grade. Overall, the school’s students enjoyed a pass rate of 99%. 87% of all grades were A*- C grades. This year five students achieved A*s in all of their subjects and a record sixteen students hold three or more As or better. The Ofsted report from 2017 stated: “Teaching in the sixth form is outstanding because teachers have high expectations of what students can achieve”.

Four County students holding Oxbridge offers achieved their places. This year also saw County’s highest number of University applications to date, with over 90% of students achieving places at prestigious universities across the country and over 45% to Russell Group Universities - including Bristol, Sheffield, Durham, Leeds, Nottingham and Exeter.

We attribute this success to excellent teaching, a strong pastoral system to support student progress, an expectation of and commitment to hard work by the students, very good relationships between staff, parents and students, but also the provision of a rich and varied curriculum. All these strengths combine with a unique ethos - a very positive and happy atmosphere where students enjoy contributing to and being a part of both the Sixth Form and whole-school.

Our aim is to ensure the students aspire to excellence and achieve success through participation. Whilst academic achievement is the number one priority, we also want to develop them as confident individuals and responsible citizens, provide individual challenge, but also help them to achieve personal ambition. Through our Careers advice and guidance we support a wide variety of destinations post-County; either Oxbridge or other Higher Education institutions, to study Honours Degree Courses, Foundation Degrees and apprenticeships. We also work with Surrey University and local private schools to share expertise in these areas

We are an inclusive Sixth Form of over 220 students, that aims to support all academic abilities to achieve their potential. We offer 36 courses; 33 at A Level, including both traditional and vocational subjects. Over the last two years we have expanded our curriculum significantly in order to be able to meet the needs of as many of our Year 11 students as possible. Students have the option to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as an additional award for our traditional A level students, but also a one-year foundation pathway to support those students not quite ready to commence A levels. By offering these students retake/additional GCSE qualifications, we aim to develop their study skills so they may be able to begin A levels the following year.

All students are expected to contribute to the wider-life of the Sixth Form by becoming involved in community enrichment activities, charity events, fund-raising activities, and the House System. We expect them to act as role-models to the younger pupils by offering them positions of responsibility and leadership. These experiences provide them with a wealth of opportunities, enhances their CV, and increases their chances of obtaining a place at University or employment in the long term.

We aim to be outstanding in all that we do – judge us by our academic results – the happier the students are, the better they will perform in their examinations. The Sixth Form at County is a wonderful place to be and the students and staff are a fantastic group of people to work with.

Helen Nurton
Assistant Headteacher & Director of Sixth Form