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Sixth Form Admissions and Entry Requirements

Our school, which is an 11-18 coeducational Academy Trust selective school, has specialist status in the Visual Arts and in Science with Maths.

The majority of places in the Sixth Form are taken up by Sale Grammar School students who choose to stay with us beyond Year 11. However, each year 50 places are made available to students who wish to join our Sixth Form from other schools. 

OFSTED: Sale Grammar School is an ‘outstanding school with an outstanding Sixth Form'.

Brief Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry into Year 12, within the previous two years students must:

  • have achieved a minimum Attainment 8 score of 60 AND
  • at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics AND
  • at least a grade 6 in the subjects they wish to study.

In order to study one of the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), students must achieve at least a grade 6 in Mathematics and if Co-ordinated Science was studied at GCSE, two grade 6s must have been achieved. Allowance is made if a student has not taken a GCSE in their chosen course of GCSE study (for example Psychology, Sociology, Government and Politics) but we would expect them to have a grade 6 in a subject where comparable skills are required, such as History or Geography.

Applicants’ date of birth must be between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2006 (for 2022 entry).

Oversubscription Criteria

Where eligible applications from new applicants exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following priority order:-

  1. ‘Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children’. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order including those who appear [to the admission authority] to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. All new applicants who fulfil the entry requirements.

In the event that there are more applicants in this category than places available the selection process will give priority to students with the highest Attainment 8 score.

If any applicant has the same Attainment 8 score as another applicant for the final place in Categories 1 or 2, the applicant living nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from their home to the main door of the school, will be offered the place.  Proof of residence may be required. The School may subsequently withdraw a place if false, incorrect or misleading information has been provided, which has led to the offer of a place or has advantaged the applicant in the priority order for oversubscription. Parents/carers must inform the school of any changes to their address or circumstances.

This criteria is outlined in our Admissions Policy.