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.

For further information, download our information booklet below.

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 (2018-19),

Hello and welcome to the Ermysted’s Sixth Form page, I hope you find it useful.

Since my first day, I have felt at home here. In fact, a day hasn’t gone by in which I have not enjoyed taking part in lessons or activities outside of the classroom. The school has helped to nurture my pre-existing skills and develop new ones to make me a more rounded young man. As Head Boy, it gives me pleasure to share with you a taste of everything the school has to offer.

Firstly, the school’s incredible academic success is down to the hard work and effort put in by both students and staff. Each pupil is pushed to reach their potential and combined with its strong ethos, Ermysted’s allows students to thrive and truly discover themselves before going on to further study or work.

Secondly, the extra-curricular activities on offer add a new dimension to learning. The sport on offer varies from football to frisbee and is all performed at a high level. And the first XV team offers a sporting ideal for all students to strive for. Alongside sport are other clubs such as debating or politics and economics. These clubs teach useful analytical skills that fit perfectly with studies in lesson and give all students a broader outlook on the world in which we live. The school not only offers something for everyone but also lets students contribute new ideas for clubs and societies, allowing us to diversify and expand our range of extra-curricular options continuously.

I am proud to say that our school is a truly inclusive community and the welcome extended to you and your family is certainly a sincere one. All members of staff do excellent jobs ensuring every student is looked after to the highest standards, feels safe and is respected within our friendly school body. Our pastoral team makes the transition period smooth whether you are transferring into year 7 or our Sixth Form.

Ermysted’s has helped me achieve more than I ever thought possible when I first arrived and has given me transferable abilities that will help me in a future competitive world. It is an educational establishment that I will always admire and am proud to say I am a part of.

I hope you will come visit us if you are interested in becoming a member of the school; we would be very pleased to have you.

Johnny Sturgeon, Head Boy 2018-19

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.

AB

 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.

HT

 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.

JK

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.