Principal's welcome

Dear Student,

Phil Principal 6thform01I am delighted that you are considering joining Highams Park 6th Form. Should you be successful in your application you will join the school at a very exciting time.

Not only will you be taught by a well-established and experienced group of staff, but our 6th Form will provide you with a challenging and highly professional experience that is proudly the pinnacle of the school.  We welcome students who have been in other schools for year 11, we work hard to make sure you soon fit in at Highams Park.

As a 6th Form student here at Highams Park we expect you to be fully engaged in the life of the school. We see you as role models for the younger students, demonstrating the school’s key behaviours of respect, responsibility and resilience. This will be evident via your smart business dress, your disciplined study habits and your contributions to school events. 6th Form students will also take the lead roles on the stage, sports teams as well as in the classroom and around the school. You will have opportunity to mentor younger pupils, assisting with their language acquisition, reading skills and revision techniques. During Year 13 you will also have opportunity to apply to join the 6th Form Leadership Team as a prefect or even Head Boy or Girl.


At Highams Park we are able to offer you a flexible and wide range of options within our broad curriculum, with over 15,000 possible course combinations. Our dedicated and knowledgeable teaching staff will support you to make the most of the learning opportunities available. They will focus upon developing you as a responsible, motivated and disciplined learner who has the study skills to successfully achieve the qualifications and life skills required to compete in the world beyond 6th Form education with confidence and enthusiasm. We will work with you to fulfil our school motto of “Success through our endeavours”.

As a 6th Form student at Highams Park you will be valued, challenged and nurtured, leaving better prepared to take your next steps within higher education or training or to enter the world of work. If you would like to be part of a 6th Form that is engaging and enjoyable, that offers you the ideal combination of high quality teaching, aspirational and personalised tutoring, as well as brand new purpose built facilities, then we very much look forward to receiving your application.

Phil Grundy



Director of 6th Form's welcome

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The 6th form team

Highams Park 6th Form is a well-established Post 16 Education Provider, offering a wide range of A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses. In an educational climate where many schools are withdrawing their 6th Form provision due to changes in funding, we are proud of our continued investment in our Post 16 provision with the opening of our 6th Form block in June 2017. The new 6th Form block will provide you with dedicated 6th Form teaching rooms, further purpose built silent study facilities as well as spaces for group work and refreshment. Highams Park 6th Form attracts students from a wide range of secondary schools and a key emphasis we have in the first few weeks of September is ensuring all our Year 12 students are given the opportunity to integrate themselves within the life of the school. I do hope that the prospectus, and our Open Evening will provide you with the information you need to choose the best subjects for your Post-16 education.

Nigel Armsby

Vice Principal

Director of 6th Form


What to expect

WhatToExpectAt Highams Park we understand that each student is different – some will want to go to university and others will want to go to do an apprenticeship. We support every student to get to the place they want to through different means of support and guidance. Students are provided with a 6th Form Bulletin weekly which gives details of a number of ‘super-curricular opportunities’ such as Year 12 University schemes, taster days and mini courses to help them get into the best university possible. In addition, our 6th Form Bulletin gives details of the different types of apprenticeships that are already open for applications and careers fairs that are happening around London. This is sent to tutors however this is also available for students on Firefly so they can access the various hyperlinks and is sent to parents and guardians. Additionally, at the end of Year 12 there are a number of days off timetable to help students make those all-important choices in regards of what they do at the end of Year 13 with a specific focus on university choices and help with UCAS. This support continues into Year 13 with sessions to explain Student Finance and help with exam success.

ContentsPicTo ensure every student is as successful as possible we have a regular tracking scheme. Each student is given a minimum target based on their GCSE scores and every term teachers will report on how each student is achieving at the stage of that course. This means that trends can be observed quickly and underachievement can then be acted upon through support. These reports are sent home to parents in addition to the pastoral team.

Each student is assigned to a Form Tutor when they enter the 6th Form who is one of your first ports of call for important information and any issues. Form Tutors, who students see every morning, are responsible for creating a positive environment for each student but they will also get to know each student and their performance in each subject very well which is imperative for those UCAS references. The 6th Form pastoral team is available to all students for support and encouragement but also, if necessary to contact parents and find solutions to problems.

Highams Park 6th Form Key Pastoral Staff

Mr N Armsby Head of 6th Form
Mrs D Stephens Deputy Head of 6th Form – Head of Year 12 (Maternity cover for Ms Colquhoun)
Ms J Whitehead Deputy Head of 6th Form - Head of Year 13
Mrs C Alexander-Stafford Deputy Head of 6th Form - Director of Progress
Ms J Browne 6th Form secretary
Nimi Kapur 6th Form Study Supervisor



  • Commitment and dedication to your studies, utilising the Study Centre to ensure you keep on top of your work
  • Working hard in lessons, meeting homework deadlines, re-reading class notes throughout the academic year
  • Arriving at 08:30 every day in order to attend registration
  • An attendance record of 96% – 100%
  • Act as a role model for the students in Yrs 7-11, demonstrating a courteous manner towards both staff and students
  • To dress in a professional manner, adhering to the 6th Form Dress Code


Males Females
Dark grey, navy blue or black suit with buttoned shirt with tie Blazer required with smart trousers (no jeans or leggings) or office appropriate skirt / dress
Smart leather shoes - black or brown (no boots, trainers or boat shoes) Leather low heeled shoes or shoe boots (no trainers, plimsolls or boots above ankle)
For more detailed guidance on appropriate clothing for 6th form students go to the Dress Code page

In addition to ‘Prep’ periods where students are free to prepare for lessons as they wish, Study Periods are allocated to students timetable where students are needed to be registered in the silent 6th Form Study Centre doing individual work. This is to help students achieve the best they can as the biggest predictor of academic success outside of lessons is how hard a student is working. The jump from GCSE to 6th Form is a large one and therefore this is just one of the ways we help students organise their study time.

University after 6th form

RussellGroup 03The Russell Group, an organisation that represents some of the top universities in the UK, have recently published a guide to choosing subjects at Advanced level if you have university in mind called "informed Choices". All potential 6th form students should read it if you are considering applying to university after 6th form, especially the elite universities.

Visit our page called University Course Requirements that lists what A-levels are needed for different university courses and information about graduate earnings for different degree courses. Also you can download a copy of The Russell Group's guide from our 6th form section on the Downloads page.

Students thinking about applying for a place at one of the elite universities like Oxford or Cambridge after 6th form should read our page called Oxbridge Programme as subject choices for year 12 can impact on university choice later on.

How to Apply 

6thformdownload_edited-5dRead all the information on this 6th form section of the website. Click Courses and look carefully at the individual courses you are interested in. Complete an application form and return it to the 6th Form Secretary, Mrs Jenny Browne before the end of February.

Applying before the end of February gives you the maximum chance of getting a place on the courses you want.

Further information

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.If you require any further information, please contact Mrs. Jenny Browne by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 020 8527 4051. 

Applicants may be asked to attend an appointment with a member of the 6th form team to make sure students are choosing the right courses for them. 

All applicants should be notified by mid-April of whether a conditional place has been offered.

Posting your application form

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Some application forms are not being delivered to us because the wrong stamp has been used.

You can check what postage stamps are needed by looking at the Royal Mail website.

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