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Entry to the Sixth Form (Year 12)

 King’s has a large and successful Sixth Form of about 300 boys, including approximately 10% who are new to King’s in Year 12.   We warmly welcome applicants for Sixth Form places from boys who will achieve good GCSEs.  The school has an established track record of ensuring that students joining the Sixth Form make a smooth transition both to A Level study and a new Post 16 environment.  All boys experience a thorough induction programme before the start of Year 12 to facilitate the transition into the King’s Sixth Form.

Mandatory Induction Days - Wednesday 28 June 2023 to Friday 30 June 2023 inclusive

Please do read the information about the Sixth Form available on this website.  Information on Post 16 options can be found by following this link The King's School Grantham - Year 11 Options Evening - A levels ( . 

A registration form is available at the bottom of this page.  Completed registration forms should be sent to Julie Parker as early as possible, but no later than Friday 4 November 2022. 

Please complete the registration form below and forward it to Mrs Julie Parker at to confirm your interest in our Sixth Form, and we will add you to our mailing list.  

Our traditional Open Evening for potential Year 7 and 12 applicants is scheduled to take place on Monday 26 June 2023.  We do hope that you will be able to join us for a look around the school at this event.  If you have particular questions or concerns and would like to make contact with the Head of Sixth Form please get in touch with Mr. Whales who will be able to answer your queries ( ).

Sixth Form Entry Requirements September 2023

The school’s Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 30. This is the maximum number of places which will be available in Year 12 for candidates who have attended schools other than The King’s School in Year 11. The criteria for admission to the Sixth Form, which apply equally to all applicants whether on roll at this school in Year 11 or not, will be:

  • An Attainment 8 Score of 52.00 or greater
  • Passes at Grades 4-9 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students wishing to study more than two of the subjects: Mathematics; English Literature; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Economics or Philosophy at Advanced Level GCE will need to achieve an Attainment 8 Score of 56.0 or greater.

An offer of a place does not guarantee access to a particular course or subject.  Where a course or subject is oversubscribed, places will be allocated according to the best performance in relevant GCSEs.

If there are more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription criteria will apply in the order shown below (these criteria will also apply where there are more applicants than places available in a particular A Level subject):

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children including those children 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 (please see Appendix A of the admissions' policy for definitions).
  2. Children who are eligible for the full Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying criteria, but limited to, up to 4 places in this category. Children who are unsuccessful in this category may nevertheless achieve a place in the remaining category.
  3. GCSE grade in that subject (where applicable).

In the event of a tie for the final place the following criterion will apply: 

  • The distance from the home to the school.  Priority will be given to the child living nearest the school, as defined (straight line distance as measured by LCC software).  This is measured to 3 decimal places using the Post Office address point of the home address to the Post Office address point of the school.

The points system is as follows:

Grade 9 = 9 points, Grade 8 = 8 points, Grade 7 = 7 points, Grade 6 = 6 points, Grade 5 = 5 points, Grade 4 = 4 points, Grade 3 = 3 points, Grade 2 = 2 points, Grade 1 = 1 point.

Places will be allocated on the basis of overall GCSE performance. This is based on a points system for the student's 8 best GCSE grades including English, Mathematics, subject to the following:

  1. An applicant must meet the standards outlined in the criteria for admission (above);
  2. In accordance with legislation the allocation of places for children with the following will take place first; Statement of Special Educational Needs (Education Act 1996) or Education, Health and Care Plan (Children and Families Act 2014). Remaining places will be allocated in accordance with this policy.


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