Welcome to the Sixth Form

We are delighted with our 2016 A Level exam results, with 60 per cent of students achieving an A*-B, and an impressive 30 percent gaining an A* to A grade. Overall, the school’s students enjoyed a pass rate of 99%. 82 per cent of all grades were A*- C grades.

Two County students holding Oxbridge offers achieved their places, with more likely to apply post A-level. This year also saw County’s highest number of University applications to date, with over 80% of students achieving places at prestigious universities across the country and close to 40% to Russell Group Universities - including Bristol, KCL, Manchester, 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 or HNDs, and also apprenticeships. We also work with Surrey University and local private schools to share expertise in these areas.

We are an inclusive Sixth Form of 200 students, that aims to support all academic abilities to achieve their potential. We offer 40 courses; 35 at A Level, and 5 at GCSE, 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, involving collaborative provision with other local schools where necessary. Recent developments have seen the introduction of 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.

We are proud to be able to offer an enviable modern Sixth Form facility, as a result of a successful bid to the Government’s Academies Capital Maintenance Fund in 2013/14.

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.

Time does not stand still in the Sixth Form, we are constantly evaluating our work, identifying ways of improving our service to students, and putting theory into practice!

Helen Nurton
Assistant Headteacher & Director of Sixth Form