Best sixth forms in London, UK

Sixth forms are schools for children aged 16-18

Sixth form is a part of the school education that takes care of the last two years of school in the UK. They prepare for the final school exams such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate. Some sixth forms admit children only at the age of 16 and some have provisions for children from 11 to 16 years old. The latter prepare their students for GCSE exams and later for A-levels and IB.

We can divide state (or maintained) sixth forms into the following categories – grammar, comprehensive schools or faith schools. It is easy to distinguish between them. Grammar schools admit students based on the entrance exams. Comprehensive schools admit on the basis of living in the catchment area and as a rule the closer you live the better chances you have to be admitted. It has to be said though that admission into sixth form even for comprehensive schools would usually involve some academic requirements. This is due to the rigorous learning process as a part of preparation for A-level or IB exams. Some schools may offer BTEC qualifications for children whose GCSE grades are below the required minimum. 

Faith schools’ priorities are with the children belonging to a certain religion. This would normally have to be proved by the letter signed by a church official. 

It is not an easy task to define best schools. For the purpose of this selection we took the results of the A-level exams for 2019 (in some cases it will have to be IB). London schools whose results exceeded the nation average are listed here. Sometimes we went a little a bit further afield to expand the area just outside London, with the idea of including really good schools just a short train ride away. All the schools featuring here are state schools. If you are after a private (independent) school we refer you to this page of our website.

Strictly speaking, some of these sixth forms can’t admittedly be called ‘best’ in the country but they are still much better than most and definitely very good schools worth looking at if you live in the area.

Best sixth forms in London (including good and better than average)

King’s College London Maths School

best london sixth form

This is coeducational sixth form school for students aged 16-18 with a particular passion for mathematics. It runs in partnership with Kings College London University and is based on the principles developed by Andrei Kolmogorov – one of the leading mathematician of the 20th century. Over 50% of the school curriculum is dedicated to the study of mathematics.

Requirements for the applying students – grade 8 or 9 in Maths GCSE; at least grade 7 in Physics GCSE or 7-7 in Combined Science GCSE, at least grade 5 in 5 other GCSE subjects. Prospective students receive provisional offers until the know the GCSE results.

Prospective students sit the Maths test as a part of the admission process and 160 successful candidates are invited for interview.



The Henrietta Barnett School

https://www.hbschool.org.uk

The girls-only school and sixth form from 11 to 18 years old. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century the school now has around 750 students. Requirements to prospective students entering in Year 12: at least six grades & or above at GCSEs, at least grade 6 in English language and Maths (if those subjects are not taken at A-level), at least grade 7 for subjects meant to be studied at A-level. For two equally ranked candidates geographical proximity to schools is taken into account with priority given to students who live closest.

Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet

A boys-only grammar school from to 11 to 18 years old. The school was founded in 1573 by Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester in the name of queen Elizabeth I.

The Tiffin Girls’ School

All-girls grammar school and sixth form in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London. At least grades 7 at GCSEs are required to be admitted to the school. Successful candidates will be offered provisional places, which will become definite as soon as the GCSE results have become known. There won’t be a waiting list as the school gives more provisional offers than there are places. More information on the school website. 

 

Wilson’s School

A boys grammar school situated in the London borough of Sutton. The applying students must achieve a minimum grade 6 at GCSE Maths and English and a minimum grade 7 in the subjects they wish to study at A-level. More requirements are on the school website.

The Latymer School

This is a coeducational grammar school for children aged 11-18. The school was established in 17th century by Edward Latymer. The number of students studying at sixth form is 230, making it one of the biggest sixth forms in the country. External candidates applying to the Latymer School at the age of 16 must achieve at least grade 7 for subjects they wish to study at A-level and a minimum grade 7 for 6 other GCSE subjects. There is also a requirement for living in the specified postcodes in London. More information on the school website.

 

London Academy of Excellence

London’s selective sixth form for boys and girls aged 16-18 situated in the Stratford area. Entry requirements are similar to other selective schools – at least 5 grades 7 or above, at least a grade 6 for Maths and English language, at least a grade 7 for subjects planned to study at A-level. 

 

St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School

St Olave’s is an academically selective boys-only school in Orpington, Greater London. Since 1998 the school started to admit girls to study at sixth form. Around 450 boys and girls study in Year 12 and Year 13, half of which entered the school at the age of 16. The school doesn’t have a designated catchment area so prospective students don’t have to live nearby. Everyone who applies to school will have to pass successfully the entrance exam. For the entrance test every applicant will have to sit four papers in the subjects they wish to study at A-level. The students applying to the school will also need to have predicted GCSEs at the required level.


Sutton Grammar School

https://www.suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk/

Selective grammar school for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18. It’s located in South London. 930 children are students here with 145 of them in Year 12. The prospective students at Sixth Form level must meet the minimum required level GCSE grades. Those applying to the school must pass at least 8 GCSEs subjects with grades minimum 9-4, 4 out of these subjects must receive a minimum grade 7. For the subjects to study at A-level a required minimum grade is 7. About 25 places are offered to external candidates. The priority is given to the existing students and the students who apply from outside are ranked based on the predicted grades of the examination results. 

Tiffin School

http://www.tiffinschool.co.uk

This is a selective boys’ school situated in Kingston upon Thames, London. The school has a specialist status in performing arts and languages. Founded in the end of the 19th century the school has over 1000 students now. Tiffin’s Sixth form has about 450 students, 40% of which come from outside. From this year the school also starts to admit girls for its Sixth Form. It is expected that the girls will make about 20-25% of sixth form students. The admission policy is similar to other high-achieving grammar schools. At least 8 GCSE exams with a minimum grade of 6 or above for each of them. Subjects planned to study at A-level must have a minimum grade of 7. 

Brampton Manor Academy

https://www.bramptonmanor.org

Brampton Manor is a mixed secondary school and selective sixth form in East Ham area of London. With its sixth form heavily oversubscribed the school required a minimum average grade 6.5 for the taken GCSE exams, minimum a grade 5 for Maths and English, minimum a grade 7 for the subjects intended to be studied at A-level. All applying students will be ranked according the GCSE results and the offer given to the highest achievers.

Dame Alice Owen’s School

https://damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk

Dame Alice Owen’s School is an 11–18 coeducational, partially selective secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England. Entry requirements to Year 12 – all the applicants must have a minimum of five Grade 6s at GCSE, with a minimum of Grade 5 in English Language and Maths if they are not part of the five. In addition, individual subjects will have their own specific requirements which must also be met.

The Camden School for Girls

https://www.camdengirls.camden.sch.uk

This is a comprehensive secondary school for girls with a coeducational sixth form. There are over 1000 students. Each year the school admits 145 students into Year 12. The actual number of places available to external candidates depends on the number of internal students continuing education in the school. The applying students must have at least a grade 6 or above for Maths and English language and grades 6 or above for three other GCSEs subjects. For those intending to study Further Maths the minimum requirement for GCSEs exam is grade 7 or above.

The Judd School

https://www.judd.online

The Judd School is a grammar school in Tonbridge, Kent, England. Criteria for admission – students must have achieved a minimum average performance points* score of 6.5 in their best 10 qualifications, or of all qualifications if fewer than 10 subjects completed. Students must additionally have completed a minimum of six GCSEs, including a 5 or better in each of Mathematics and English Language. There are also specific requirements for the subjects chosen for A-levels.

The London Oratory School

https://www.london-oratory.org

A Catholic day school and sixth form for boys aged 11-18 and girls 16-18 located in Fulham area, London. The school admits 40 students to study at A-level based on GCSE exams performance. The priority is given to the catholic families.

Reading school

https://www.reading-school.co.uk

Reading School is a selective grammar school for boys with academy status in the English town of Reading, the county town of Berkshire. Admission guidelines for entry into Year 12 – students must have achieved the equivalent of a total of at least 56 points from 8 GCSE subjects and at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics and English Language. There are also minimum subject requirements.

Menorah High School for Girls

https://www.menorahhigh.org

A Jewish comprehensive school and sixth form for girls in North London. The school doesn’t routinely admits students into the sixth form. However, those wishing to be admitted should get in touch with the admission department.

Nonsuch High School for Girls

http://www.nonsuchschool.org

Nonsuch is an all-girls grammar school situated in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, on the border of the London borough of Sutton. A minimum of 20 places is offered for external candidates wishing to study at A-level. The requirements are at least 8 GCSE subjects passed with a grade 6 or above. Maths and English language – a minimum grade of 6. At least a grade 7 or above for the subjects planned to study at A-level.

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

https://www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk

This is a selective Catholic school for girls aged 11-18 and boys aged 16-18, situated in Finchley, North London. Admission requirements – given the fact that it is a Roman Catholic school all children applying to school should have a positive and supportive attitude towards Roman Catholic faith as well as towards aims and ethos of the school. Other requirements include at least six GCSE subjects passed with a grade 7 or above, at least a grade 7 or above for English language and Mathematics and at least a grade 7 for the subjects the applicants are planning to study at A-level.

Twyford Church of England High School

https://twyford.ealing.sch.uk

A coeducational secondary Church of England school for children aged 11-18, situated in Acton, London. There are just under 1500 students. The school specialises in music, languages and sciences. Current sixth form consists of almost 500 boys and girls. Go to the schools website to check the specific requirements for GCSE grades in correspondence with particular subjects. For some subjects at least a grade 6 is required, although for some other subjects at might be 7 or even 9 (e.g. GCSE Maths to study Further Maths at A-level).

Wallington County Grammar School

https://www.wcgs-sutton.co.uk

This is a selective all-boys grammar school, situated in the London borough of Sutton. The school accept girls into its Sixth Form. The admission criteria include predicted GCSE exam results (at least 8 GCSE subjects) and an average score to rank all the applicants.

Wallington High School for Girls

http://www.wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk

This is a selective all-girls grammar school, situated in the London borough of Sutton. There are more than 400 students in the sixth form. They are offered an extensive choice of subjects taught in excellent facilities. The minimum requirement for entry to the Sixth Form at Wallington High School for Girls is an average points score of 6 over their best eight GCSE subjects and a grade 6 in English and Mathematics. To see the subject criteria for A-level choice please go to the school website and read the 6th form prospectus.

Kendrick School

https://www.kendrick.reading.sch.uk

Kendrick School is a selective girls’ grammar school situated in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, UK. The entry criteria to study at sixth form – 8 GCSEs grades A* – B or 9-5 two of which must be English Language and Mathematics and all should be from full GCSE courses and at least a grade B or 6 at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at AS/A-level. There are the subject specific requirements depending on the A-level choices.

Woodford County High School

The secondary girls-only grammar school and sixth form is located in Woodford in the London borough of Redbridge. The school first opened in 1919. Over 50 places will be offered to appropriately qualified girls from external school. The requirements are not different for both internal and external candidates. 

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School

This is a Roman Catholic secondary day school in Holland Park, London. The school is for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18. The number of students is approximately 950. The school doesn’t accept first year students on the academic ability basis – but accept pupils who are practicing Catholics. There are 300 students studying at the A-level. 

The Charter School North Dulwich

https://www.charternorthdulwich.org.uk

A coeducational secondary school in North Dulwich opened its doors in 2000. Admission requirements – at least five grades GCSE from 9-4, at least grade 4 in GCSE English language and mathematics, subjects that applicants intend to study at A-level will have their own requirements. Please consult the school website.

King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

http://www.kegs.org.uk

King Edward VI Grammar School, or KEGS, is a all-boys grammar school located in the city of Chelmsford, Essex, England. It takes pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. The schools becomes mixed in the sixth form. The minimum number of external applicants likely to be admitted is 50. Admission by any applicant to the Sixth Form is based on GCSE grades in full courses. An average GCSE score of at least 6.625 across the best eight subjects. A minimum grade 6 or higher must be achieved in GCSE Mathematics and English (whether or not these subjects are being followed to A Level). A suitably high GCSE grade, usually grade 7 or A or better, in each chosen subject of study at A-level. An 8 or higher is required to study A Level Mathematics; a 9 is required to study Further Maths. Reformed grade 4 or higher must be achieved at GCSE in a modern foreign language.

The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School

The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Upminster area of the London Borough of Havering. The school currently enrols 1300-1400 students aged 11-18. There are approximately 235 students at sixth form and the school annually admits into its sixth form about 50 external candidates. Admission into the Sixth Form is open to all applicants who meet minimum entrance requirements such as at least five GCSE grades 9-5 including for Maths and English language. Each A-level subject also has its own criteria and more information can be found on the school website.

Fortismere School

Fortismere School is an 11–18 mixed, comprehensive, foundation secondary school and sixth form in Muswell Hill, London. Please refer to the school website for information on admission requirements into the school’s Sixth Form.

Gordon’s School

https://www.gordons.school

A day and boarding secondary school and sixth form for children aged 11-18 near Woking, Surrey. The school was founded in 1885 and has about 850 children. It is situated in 50-acres of beautiful grounds and extensive facilities. Into its sixth form the schools admits 40 students for boarding and offer additional 20 day places for external applicants. The school accepts students who gained at least a grade 5 in five GCSE subjects including a grade 5 in Maths and English language. There are other requirements depending on the subject choice to study at A-level.

Harris Westminster Sixth Form

https://www.harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk

Harris Westminster is a selective co-educational sixth form in Central London, which opened in 2004. There are currently over 500 students. Entrance to the school is by eacademic test and interview. There are two entrance exams based on 4 subject choices to study at A-level and one interview based on the preferred subject choice. The offer is conditional and based on receiving at least grade 7 for at least six GCSE subjects.

Hasmonean High School for Boys

https://hasmoneanboys.org.uk

Hasmonean is a day secondary and sixth form school for pupils from Orthodox Jewish families situated in the London borough of Barnet. Currently there are over 1100 students.

Holland Park School

https://www.hollandparkschool.co.uk

Holland Park is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form in Holland Park, Kensington, London. Access into Sixth Form is available to students with a minimum 8 GCSE grades 9-6 including English and Maths. At least a grade 7 is required for the subjects applicants wishing to study at A-level. 

Jewish Community Secondary School

https://jcoss.org

JCoSS is a Jewish secondary in New Barnet, London. The school was established in 2010 with the first Sixth Form opening in 2012. There are about 1360 students and in Year 12 there are 180 students. For admission into sixth form the external applicants will have to complete a Declaration of Jewish practice. All the candidates – internal and external – in order to do A-level will need to have at least 6 GCSE subjects passed with a minimum grade 6 or above with a minimum grade 4 for Maths and English language.

Kingsdale Foundation School

https://kingsdalefoundationschool.org.uk

Kingsdale Foundation Schools is a mixed school with an age range of 11-19 in West Dulwich, London. 1700 students currently study in Kingsdale. Admission requirements – minimum of six 9 to 6 grades at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics. Individual subjects may require specific grades in particular qualifications to enable study of a designated course.

Lady Margaret School

http://www.ladymargaret.lbhf.sch.uk

Lady Margaret is a girls-only Church of England school situated in Parsons Green, Fulham, London. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. The school’s intake into its Sixth Form is 120 girls both internal and external. On top of specific requirements for subjects applicants intend to study at A-level, they need to have six good grades for GCSE subjects, including a minimum grade 5 for Maths and English language. For detailed information please refer to the school website.

Mossbourne Community Academy

http://www.mca.mossbourne.org

Mossbourne Community is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form in the Lower Clapton area of the London Borough of Hackney in England. The school has capacity for 400 pupils in both years in Sixth Form. The admission number for Year 12 is 200 applicants. The school requires at least 7 GCSE subjects passed with a grade C, plus meeting specific requirements for subjects intended to study at A-level.

Newstead Wood School

https://www.newsteadwood.co.uk

Newstead Wood is a selective all-girls secondary school and sixth form in Orpington, London. There are almost 1000 students. The entry requirement for Year 12 is a minimum of eight GCSE passes, including Maths and English, at Grades 6-9, of which eight GCSEs must be achieved in one exam season.

St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking

https://www.sjb.surrey.sch.uk

St John the Baptist School is a Catholic voluntary aided comprehensive school, located in Woking, Surrey, England. All the internal candidates are welcome to continue to school’s sixth form as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements. For external applicants there are twenty places.

The St Marylebone CofE School




https://stmarylebone.school

St Marylebone Church of England School is a secondary school for girls aged 11-18 and boys aged 16-18 in Marylebone, London. It specialises in Performing Arts, Maths & Computing. The total number of places in Years 12 and 13 together is 330. The number of places available in Year 12 each year will accordingly depend on the number of pupils expected to be in Year 13 that year. The school also seeks to maintain a 60 / 40 balance of Foundation (Church of England) to Open places in the Sixth Form. Please consult the school website for more information on the entrance requirements. 

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

http://www.cchs.co.uk

Chelmsford County High School for Girls or “CCHS”, is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11–18 located in Chelmsford, Essex, England. They have approximately 35 places for suitably qualified applicants to join the Sixth Form in Year 12. Entry into the Sixth Form is determined by GCSE results and the exact requirements are the following: at least a GCSE grade of 6/7/8/9 in English Language and Mathematics; an average of at least 6.475 over the best 8 GCSE grades including English Language and Mathematics. There are also grade requirements for individual subjects, which might be found on the school’s website.

Waldegrave School

https://www.waldegrave.richmond.sch.uk

Waldegrave School is a secondary comprehensive school with academy status in Twickenham, London, England. It takes girls between the ages of 11 and 16 and has a coeducational sixth form, opened in September 2014. Entry requirements are attainment a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade 4-9 including English and Maths. There may be specific requirements for each A-level subject. 

The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

https://www.rgshw.com

The Royal Grammar School is a selective boys’ grammar school (day and boarding) situated in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. 

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School

https://www.twggs.kent.sch.uk

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, established in 1905, is an all-female selective school in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town in Kent, England. 

Woodhouse College

https://www.woodhouse.ac.uk

Woodhouse College is a selective sixth form college situated between North Finchley and Friern Barnet in the London Borough of Barnet in North London. Entrance requirements -at least a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 in Mathematics and 7/6 (or A/B) grades in subjects needed for a particular A level programme, as specified in the prospectus and on the college website.

Ark King Solomon Academy

https://kingsolomonacademy.org

King Solomon Academy is a non-selective, non-denominational, mixed secondary school and sixth form within the English academy programme, located in Marylebone, London. The admission requirements for both internal and external applicants are on the school website.

Ashcroft Technology Academy

https://www.atacademy.org.uk

Ashcroft Technology Academy is a state secondary school and sixth form in Putney, London. Minimum entry requirements for A Level Programme of Study: English Language and Maths at grade 5 or above, plus five 9-6/A*-B grades in other GCSE subjects. Students who choose to study a subject at A-level which has been taken at GCSE level, must have achieved minimum B/6 in that subject.

Bexley Grammar School

https://www.bexleygs.co.uk

Bexley Grammar School, is a co-educational grammar school and sixth form with academy status in Welling, in the London Borough of Bexley, UK. Students are normally admitted into Year 7 at age 11. Bexley Grammar School Sixth Form is the only fully IB Sixth Form in South East London (and the only IB school in our list). Entry requirements – a minimum grade 5 in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics and a minimum average GCSE point score of 44 in their best 8 full GCSEs which must include English and Maths. There might also be additional requirements for individual subjects taken for IB preparation program.



Bishop Ramsey Church of England School

https://www.bishopramseyschool.org

Bishop Ramsey School is a coeducational Church of England comprehensive secondary school and sixth form, located in the Ruislip area of the London Borough of Hillingdon. There are 1250 students in the school. The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 GCSE grades including English Language or Literature and Mathematics, with an average grade of 5. The student must have a grade 5 or higher in both English Language or Literature and Mathematics. There are also additional entrance requirements for the specific subjects intended to study in the Sixth Form.

The Skinners’ School

https://www.skinners-school.co.uk

The Skinners’ School, is a British grammar school for boys located in the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. To enter the Sixth Form at Skinners’ pupils would need a total of 50 points across a pupil’s ‘best 8’ GCSEs with the grade number (9-1) contributing the relevant number of points and at least grade 4 in English and Maths at GCSE. These criteria apply to internal and external applicants to the Sixth Form.

Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

https://www.btg.ac

Bishop Thomas Grant School is a coeducational Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form, situated in the Streatham area of the London Borough of Lambeth. 

St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking

https://www.sjb.surrey.sch.uk

St John the Baptist School is a Catholic voluntary aided comprehensive school, located in Woking, Surrey, England. All the internal candidates are welcome to continue to school’s sixth form as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements. For external applicants there are twenty places.

St Andrew’s Catholic School

https://www.st-andrews.surrey.sch.uk

St Andrew’s is a Roman Catholic Comprehensive School for students aged 11-18.