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The Sixth Form

Whether a pupil has moved up from the Fifth Form or is completely new to Dauntsey's, entering the Sixth Form marks a critical transition in education: for the first time in their lives, pupils are no longer in compulsory education.

Sixth Form education is therefore a path a pupil has chosen to pursue and, more particularly, they have chosed to pursue it at Dauntsey's. As a result, a pupil's A-level studies are a collaboration with teaching staff, and successful pupils soon realise that there is more work to be done independently.  At A-level the work contains deeper concepts and the skills taught are more complex. As a result, pupils spend more of their own time reading, consolidating work and practising the skills that have been introduced in class.

Twenty-five subjects are offered at both AS-level and A-level. For many courses, no previous knowledge or experience is required, but in others a proven record of achievement, with a high GCSE grade, is a stipulation.

Pupils have an unrestricted choice of subjects, allowing breadth or specialisation as appropriate. While it is clearly important to be enthusiastic about and enjoy intended subject choices, it is essential that programmes of study address entry requirements for career plans and Higher Education courses. The Senior Careers Adviser is available to offer advice and guidance to internal and external pupils in Fifth Form (Year 11).

In addition to scholastic work, pupils are encouraged to participate in the many clubs and academic societies that flourish at the School. There is also a wide range of opportunities for challenge and adventure, giving the best possible preparation for life beyond school.

Please see Sixth Form section for full details.