Join the Sixth Form

How to join our Sixth Form:

At The Downs School & Sixth Form we believe that all young people have the capacity to become leaders. We expect our Sixth Form students to learn to view themselves as such with guidance from the whole community.


Our Admissions Timeline - November to Starting in September 2025

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To apply to our Sixth Form 

Applications to join our Sixth Form in September 2024 are currently closed and at this time we are not accepting late applications.

If you would like to be added to our waiting list to join in September 2024, please  email

Our next Open Evening and Open Mornings

The Sixth Form Open Evening and Open Mornings will take place in November 2024.  Details for our next open morning will be published in due course.

Quick FAQs

We often get asked about these topics, please let us know if there is anything else you wish to know.

  • Catchment areas do not apply in the Sixth Form, nor are we restricted on the numbers of students we are able to offer places to. We welcome new students from anywhere in the UK although no boarding options apply. 
  • Over 25% of new Sixth Form students have come from the Independent sector or other schools and you can be sure of a thorough introduction to The Downs School to make students feel at home quickly. 
  • Our pastoral care is recognised as outstanding by Oftsed and we have a dedicated team standing by to help.

More FAQs can be found on this page.

Our virtual Sixth Form Introduction presentations

As part of our on-going support for our Sixth Form students, the information below covers a wide range of topics about all aspects of Sixth Form life, as well as looking ahead to the next steps for students as they start to think about life after they leave The Downs School. Whether students  go on to further or higher education, employment or self-employment once they leave us, we want their time at The Downs School to have provided them with the skills and knowledge to make the choices that are best for them. We also want to ensure that our parents and carers are armed with all the information they need to support the students. All the information below is relevant to students in Years 12 and 13.

If you have any further questions after watching the presentations, please contact us via email:


Click here to watch our presentations: 

The presentations will be as follows:

  • Introduction and overview of The Downs Sixth Form by Mrs Jackson, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form
  • Life in the Sixth Form by Miss Jaqaar, Deputy Head of Sixth Form
  • UCAS, choosing a university and course by Mrs Waller, UCAS Manager
  • Student wellbeing and apprenticeship guidance by Mrs Jarrett, Student Support Manager.
  • There will also be a presentation from Ms Zhechkova from the Admissions Department at the University of Bath, covering a number of admissions topics.

University Admissions Insight from the University of Bath

Ms Petya Zhechkova, Student Recruitment Officer from the University of Bath, has kindly put together two presentations designed to help those students who wish to apply for any university. Petya has also advised that university admissions teams have a relatively quiet period in the Autumn, so a good time to email them! 

Part One:

  • How to choose the right course and the importance of prioritising the course first (over the university)
  • How to choose a university (importance of location, environment, reputation, good subject teaching)
  • Importance of attending physical in-person Open Days
  • What students can do to improve their applications (EPQ, Work Experience, Super-curricular reading)

Part Two:

  • University is so much more than simply studying a course (friends for life, learning new skills, learning to be independent)
  • How parents can prepare their children for the transition to university


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