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Year 11 Transition into Sixth Form (including FAQs)

Joining our Sixth Form in September 2021?

We are really excited about welcoming you to the Sixth Form and hope you are all safe and well.  

Transition work for each subject

With time on your hands, this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start with your A Levels/BTEC subjects.

Our staff have created some excellent resource lists in each of their subject areas, and this can be found by clicking on the individual subject titles to the left.

Sixth Form Dress Code

Members of the Sixth Form are leaders and highly valued members of the school community. As such, Sixth Form students set a standard which is noted by younger members of the school. Sixth Form students are expected to achieve high standards of work and commitment. Dress is an important part of creating a business-like approach to Sixth Form life. Leisure wear can create a false impression among younger students that the Sixth Form is a leisurely experience. Students in Year 12 and 13 are therefore requested to wear a suit that would be suitable for business.

A full list of the dress code can be found by clicking here

Option Blocks

Please find the option blocks for Year 12 – September 2021, by clicking here

Contact us

 Please feel free to contact us at

In the meantime, stay safe and look forward to the opportunities ahead!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Question: What will we be doing instead of Year 11 Pre-Induction Day this year?

As a result of Covid restrictions and the unavoidable cancellation of Pre-induction Day, we have created some introductory videos in place of our usual Pre-Induction Day.  The links to the videos will be sent to all students who are currently holding a conditional offer to study in the Sixth Form in the week commencing 5 July.  You will hear from our Sixth Form Leadership Team and our much valued Head Girl’s Team!  You will also receive a postcard from your new form tutor so they can introduce themselves.


Question: When/how do I register for the Sixth Form?

GCSE Results Day is the day when students, who have a confirmed conditional offer of a place in Sixth Form, will need to confirm their place.  GCSE Results Day takes place on Thursday 12 August from 8:30am, and details about this year’s Results Day will be sent to all Year 11 parents. Unless you need to see someone on the day, you will register for Sixth Form online this year. Full details and instructions will be provided in your Sixth Form information packs, which will be given to you on GCSE Results Day.

There will also be an enrolment for new Sixth Form students on  Wednesday 1 September 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Full details about how enrolment will take place will be contained in the Sixth Form information packs you receive on GCSE Results Day.


Question: What if I will be unable to collect my GCSE results from Upton in person?

GCSE results will be issued to students on 12 August from 8:30am; if you know in advance that you will be unable to arrive for your results in person, please contact out Examinations Officer, Mrs Whitehurst, by telephoning the school or emailing before 16 July.


Anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or has someone in their household who has, should not attend school on Results Day.

If, for any reason, you find that you are unexpectedly unable to collect your GCSE results on the day, please contact the school via telephone/email at  Please bear with us on the day as we issue results, we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Question: What if I haven’t got a conditional offer but I get the results needed and I want to come to Upton Sixth Form?

We realise that students change their minds on Results Day and some students who had previously indicated an intention to study at an alternative Sixth Form may wish to remain at Upton.  We welcome students who have met the entry requirements and wish to make a late application, although understandably we have to give priority to students who have already accepted a conditional offer when subjects are reaching capacity. If you would like to make a late application, please book a face-to-face appointment on the day or email


Question: What if I am joining Upton from another school?

We are delighted that students want to join us from other local schools.  If you are in receipt of a conditional offer to study at our Sixth Form, we would like you to arrive with your GCSE results at the time contained in an email you will receive before the end of term.  Please report to reception and only bring with you one other person, as we are limited to only having a certain number of people on site at any one time this summer.  We will need to see a copy of your GCSE results (if your results are being sent to you electronically by your school this year, please forward a copy to us at before your appointment.)  If you have any queries about how the day will run for you, please get in touch before Friday 16 July when our term ends.


Question: What if I would like to change my subject choices for BTEC/A Level?

If you would like to change your subject choices following the publication of your GCSE results, you will need to follow some important steps, which will be contained in your Sixth Form information pack.  Remember that entry requirements are in place for subjects as follows and subjects are grouped into the following ‘option blocks’, which can be found here.


Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements for entry into Sixth Form

5 x Grade 5 at GCSE, including

English and Maths at a grade 5.



Minimum requirement to study an A Level, where the subject has been studied at GCSE

Grade 6 at GCSE in the subject

Minimum grade to study A Level Maths

Grade 7 in GCSE Maths

Minimum grade to study A Level Further Maths

Grade 8 in GCSE Maths

Minimum grade to study A Level Film Studies, Law, Drama, Business Studies

Grade 5 in GCSE English

Minimum grade to study A Level Psychology

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Minimum grade to study BTEC IT

Grade 5 in GCSE English / Maths
















All Sixth Form students should be in school on Friday 3 September at 8:35am for Sixth Form Induction.  Students who are joining our Sixth Form from another school should arrive at our main reception where you will be greeted by a member of our Head Girl’s Team.


Question: What work should I be doing to prepare for Sixth Form?

We want students to look be looking forward to the next step in their education at Upton, and making a strong transition to the academic side of life in Sixth Form lies at the heart of that.  Therefore, academic transition material for each A level/BTEC subject has been provided on this page (please use the navigation bar to the left to select a subject).  Students are expected to complete this work prior to the first full day in Sixth Form on Friday 3 September.


Question: What do I need to wear in the Sixth Form?

Sixth Form life is about preparing students for the future, therefore we expect students to be professionally attired.  You can find our Sixth Form dress code for 2021-22 here.


Question: What do I do if I have any other queries about Sixth Form?

If prospective Sixth Form students or their parents have any further questions about the Sixth Form, please contact us via  We will still be responding to emails during the summer, although we ask for your patience as we operate with fewer staff.