Applying to the Sixth Form

Why Choose Us?

Gillingham Sixth Form is a fun, vibrant learning environment packed full of fantastic resources. We believe we are a happy fun-loving but purposeful Sixth Form, one in which you will develop a sense of responsibility within a secure framework, and achieve your very best by being encouraged to strive for the highest standards. Our aim is to see individuals striving for personal excellence, but also to help students to maintain a positive self-image and to grow as individuals.

If you are already a Gillingham student you will have a good idea what will be demanded of you and you will welcome and appreciate a new sense of freedom within clearly defined limits.

If you are thinking of applying from elsewhere then please contact us to arrange a visit to meet Sixth Formers and staff and sample the atmosphere for yourself.

Sixth Form Courses

Courses available in the Sixth Form

Entry Requirements

To start 3 A Level courses you will need at least 6 C grades at GCSE. The new grade 4 is equivalent to the old C grade, grade 6 is equivalent to a current grade B and grade 7 is the new A grade.

Students who have gained 5 C grades at GCSE will be permitted to study at least one BTEC or A Level courses alongside GCSE courses. Students with an average GCSE points score of less than 4.7 may not be permitted to start three full A Level courses. You can work out your average GCSE points score by converting your grades to points as follows; an A* is worth 8 points, an A grade is 7 points, a B grade is 6 points, a C grade is 5 points and so forth.

To qualify for entry to study four A Level courses you must gain an average points score of 7.0 or more. Some subjects require students to have gained B – A* grades in certain GCSE subject(s).

If you have not attained a grade 4 pass in GCSE Maths and English you will be expected to re-sit as part of your programme of learning. Students with non-GCSE qualifications such as BTECs/NVQs or Diplomas will be guided on their choices on an individual basis. Remember that short course GCSEs do not count as a whole GCSE.

An acceptance onto all of our courses will require a commitment to do your best and an agreement to follow the Gillingham School Sixth Form Code of Conduct.

How to Apply​

If you have any questions at all concerning applications to Gillingham School, you are welcome to contact Mr Mark Lavis (Deputy Headteacher) or Mrs Kelly Lever (Sixth Form Admissions), on 01747 822222 or email:


Attend our Sixth Form Information Evening on 18th October, where an application form and prospectus will be available.

September – May

All non-Gillingham students need to complete an application form and return it as soon as possible. Upon receipt of each application, a reference will be requested from your current school. You will be emailed inviting you to a guidance interview with Mr Lavis or another member of the Leadership Team to discuss your particular subjects of interest; you will also be taken on a guided tour during a normal school day. A formal offer of a place in our Sixth Form may be made to all external students applying to Sixth Form after individual applications have been assessed and a reference received, normally within a couple of weeks of the interview taking place.

February – May

All Year 11 Gillingham students’ application forms will be assessed and processed to ensure individuals receive the correct advice and guidance at interview. Interviews for internal students normally take place before Easter to ensure appropriate choice of courses. Students will receive a formal conditional offer in their registers in May.



Sixth Form Application Form/Sixth Form Application Form 2017.docSixth Form Application28/04/2017 16:11:00
Sixth Form Prospectus Form/SixthformProspectus.pdfSixth Form Prospectus05/12/2016 14:08:06

Joining Information


Please find below documents that form our induction pack.  This includes: a letter (explaining exactly what you need to do next), Sixth Form code of conduct, admissions form, final course choices form and Year 12 option block information. Please do not return any of the completed forms until after GCSE results. If you need to contact the school on results day, about entry into the Sixth Form, email Mr Lavis:



Acceptance Form and Course Choices Form/Induction/Acceptance and Course Choices.pdfAcceptance Form and Course Choices05/07/2017 12:06:05
Sixth Form Admission Form Form/Induction/Admission Form Sixth Form 2017.pdfSixth Form Admission Form05/07/2017 11:57:59
A Letter from the Art Department Form/Induction/Art Letter 2017.pdfA Letter from the Art Department05/07/2017 11:52:15
The Sixth Form Code of Conduct Form/Induction/Code of Conduct.pdfThe Sixth Form Code of Conduct05/07/2017 11:50:12
A Letter from English Language Form/Induction/English Language.pdfA Letter from English Language05/07/2017 11:47:11
A Letter from English Literature Form/Induction/English Literature.pdfA Letter from English Literature05/07/2017 11:44:07
Geography Trip Letter Form/Induction/Geography Trip Letter 2017.pdfGeography Trip Letter05/07/2017 11:40:21
A Handout from Government and Politics Form/Induction/Government and Politics Handout.pdfA Handout from Government and Politics05/07/2017 11:37:36
A Letter about Induction Day Form/Induction/INDUCTION DAY LETTER 2017.pdfA Letter about Induction Day05/07/2017 10:41:28
A Letter from the History Department Form/Induction/HIstory letter.pdfA Letter from the History Department05/07/2017 10:36:23

Enrolment Day September

It is very important that you are available on this day. You will be issued with your personal timetable and given further advice on subject choices.


All Sixth Form students, including those new to the school and those outside of the school's catchment area, need to apply  for transport, either on line or by phone to the County Council in which they live and pay either termly or yearly to the council. The amount is dependent on the individual circumstances of families.

In addition the school has places on Bus 51 and a minibus from the Stalbridge/Wincanton and Bruton area. To apply for these students need to ask at the school reception as soon as possible, because places are limited;  the cost is £720 per year, paid termly. Help is available to those families on working tax credits, who need to apply to the school via a financial aid form.