Sixth Form

As one of England’s oldest and highest achieving schools, Ermysted’s Grammar School is a first-class educational establishment with a long and distinguished history of helping students fulfil their potential.

The School is renowned for its scholarship and takes great pride in the achievements of its pupils, but our Sixth Form programme seeks to do more than just secure the top grades. Academic success is important but so too is the development of character, resilience and self-confidence: this philosophy underpins all that we do.

A Message From the Head of Sixth Form,

Welcome to our pages of the website. Ermysted’s Sixth Form is a happy, hard-working community of 16-18 year-olds united by a desire to succeed. We’re small enough to be friendly and caring, yet large enough to offer an interesting range of subjects. Reading about it on a website can only communicate so much; a visit is far more useful. Prospective students can either attend our annual Taster Day in January, or arrange a tour mid-week. Typically, we ask an existing pupil to take you around after which the Head of Sixth Form will meet you and answer any questions.

Be assured of this, however. Ermysted’s Sixth Form is a rewarding experience, but it demands hard work, resilience and commitment. Success has to be earned; it’s never inherited or awarded at random. If you come here, much will be expected of you.

Mr A.D. Marsden, Head of Sixth Form

A Message From The Head Boy,

“Hello and welcome to Ermysted’s Grammar School’s new website; I hope you are able to find everything you are looking for. 

Having joined Ermysted’s as a Year 7, I really do not have a bad word to say about the school.  I’ve made some great memories over my 7 years here which are sadly coming to an end this summer.  I’d like to welcome students and parents to Ermysted’s and give them just a small idea as to what this fantastic school has to offer.

Academic success is a key part of our school.  The excellent results the school consistently achieves are undoubtedly down to a combination of both the efforts and abilities of the teaching staff and the hard working nature of the students – a work ethic that Ermysted’s aims to instil and develop.  Everyone is pushed to achieve the best they can. This is certainly reflected by the number of boys that go to the top universities (such as Oxbridge and Russell Group universities) year upon year.  As well as the teaching staff, there is also great pastoral support which ensures that everyone feels safe and looked after. Ermysted’s feels like a real community.

However, to all the boys, Ermysted’s is so much more than just a place to study.  The school offers a vast array of extra – curricular opportunities, be that in sport, drama or music to name a few.  Personally, I have loved all the sport I have played at Ermysted’s over the years.  Representing the rugby team (or even taking part in football and cross–country fixtures when I was younger) is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and will surely miss when I leave the school.  There is really something for everyone at Ermysted’s, no matter what interests you or what you enjoy doing.  I’d encourage anyone to get involved – you certainly won’t regret it and it will benefit you one way or another.

 Along with so many who have joined in Year 7 (or even later), Ermysted’s Grammar School has been a huge part of my life.  Through hard work and the efforts of the school, I have been able to develop as a person and even surprise myself with what I have managed to achieve.

 I hope perhaps you too will join us in a school with such a great history and an exciting future ahead.”

Michael Plunkett, Head Boy 2016-17

Accounts of three boys who joined the Sixth Form from elsewhere:

Prior to starting school at Ermysted’s, my initial concerns about moving to a new school, making new friends and settling down were eradicated in a matter of days. This was mainly due to the supportive and welcoming nature of the staff and pupils.

From the beginning it felt like an inclusive environment where I was not left to feel like an outsider and this is highlighted by the fact that I felt comfortable to participate in numerous activities such as sport, drama and other school events throughout my first year.

My form tutor Mrs Abbey kept a supportive eye on me to ensure I was settling into the school life satisfactorily. All my subject teachers were supportive too especially during examination times which helped reduce my anxiety and will hopefully enable me to achieve the grades I am predicted to attain.

I feel Ermysted’s has been an excellent move for me and I would strongly recommend any student considering this type of move to join without hesitation.


 The transition from GCSE to A-Level is a very big one, and at first seemed quite daunting. Coming from a small school, it seemed overwhelming with the number of students and the size of Ermysted’s. After a few days, however, I made a number of friends who helped to make me feel more comfortable and settled. Everyone is very friendly, especially members of staff. I think the biggest challenge is the amount of work required, but the effort of other students rubs off and you slowly start to develop the work ethic which makes things a lot easier. So although it seemed like an impossible task, moving to Ermysted’s Grammar School wasn’t as hard as it seemed.


 Transitioning between two schools can be a scary experience. There are new teachers, new students, new buildings, new customs, and at the same time you’re somehow expected to embark on the most important qualifications of your life so far. It’s only natural to be apprehensive, but after joining Ermysted’s Sixth Form last year, I can assure you that any such fears are unjustified.

I was perhaps lucky to transfer with three classmates from my old school, though this wasn’t a hindrance to making new friends in the Sixth Form. For the first couple of weeks I tended to hang around with my old friends from my previous school, but by the end of September I had made many new ones. It may sound clichéd but it’s honestly as if we’ve known each other for years.

One of the factors that helped me to integrate was joining a lunchtime club. It’s much easier to have conversations with people with whom you have a common interest. I suggest that you join a few, and make sure you get involved. Debating is fun to watch but even more fun to take part in, for example.

Academically, beginning your A-Levels will be a step up from what you’re used to, but it’s not clambering over an abyss. Your teachers will appreciate that it may be daunting, and will do their best to make it as gradual an incline as possible. What concerned me most before joining was the level of work I’d be expected to do; while it has increased, it’s far from unmanageable, and if you use your lunchtimes and frees effectively you’ll often have more downtime than you know what to do with.


Sixth Form Entrance Requirements

For entry into Year 12, a pupil is required to achieve a minimum of Grade C (or Grade 4 in the reformed subjects) in at least six GCSE subjects including Mathematics and English Language. In addition, a pupil must reach the published requirements for entry onto his proposed course of study, which are set out on the subject pages below.