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Year 12 (16+) Entry

Image of Freemen's Sixth Form Students solving a maths problem

The Sixth Form at Freemen’s is special. You will be asked to take risks during your time with us both academically and mentally.

We hope that you will tackle the challenges set before you with purpose and a positive attitude. You will make life-long friends and we hope that in two years’ time you will not only take with you some great memories of your time in the Sixth Form but also that you will feel more confident in tackling the challenges that life will throw at you. 


For Year 12 (16+) entry we consider four things:

  • Your predicted GCSE results (if you are studying eight or more GCSEs) ​​​​​​
  • Entrance Exams in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning (if you are studying less than eight GCSEs) 
  • A Sixth Form questionnaire
  • An interview 
  • A confidential report form your current school


Key Dates for applying for Year 12 (16+)

Date Description
 May, September and October                           Open Events (Including Sixth Form Open Evening in September)

15 October

(when child is in Year 11)                                               

Deadline to apply (although we recommend applying earlier where possible)
November Online assessments for applicants who are NOT sitting eight or more GCSEs. 
November 16+ Music Auditions
November 16+ Academic Scholarship Exams

Individual interviews (candidates sitting 8 or more GCSEs)

Confidential report from current school.


Conditional offers of places

(candidates sitting 8 or more GCSEs)

December (mid) Deadline for acceptance of conditional offers



Individual interviews

(candidates sitting Entrance Examinations)

February (first week)

Unconditional offers of places

(candidates sitting Entrance Examinations)

March (first week) Deadline for acceptance of unconditional offers 

GCSE Results day.

Contact us with your results to confirm your place.

September Start at Freemen's

We want to make the application process as simple as possible. We have five simple steps:

Infographic of Sixth Form Admissions Process


HOW TO Apply 

The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 11.  To apply, complete the online registration form and send in your £100 fee. By completing the online registration, you have automatically entered your child into the Entrance Exams. You can download a Registration Form if you prefer.

Once we have received notification of your registration and fee, we will send you an acknowledgement detailing what happens next, including a link to the Sixth Form Questionnaire the student will need to complete.

GCSEs or Entrance assessments

Infographic of Sixth Form Admissions


Candidates who are sitting eight or more GCSEs will not be required to sit entrance exams. Conditional offers will be made on the basis of performance in the GCSE examinations and at interview.  We will also request a confidential report from your child's current school. We require a minimum of  55 points across 10 subjects at GSCE, with a minimum grade 5 and above in all subjects.  Candidates must also meet the subject-specific minimum grade requirements for their chosen A Level subjects, as indicated in the A Level options booklet.  


Candidates who are sitting less than eight GCSEs, or not currently studying GCSE courses, will be required to sit our entrance examinations. Examinations will take place on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 November and will comprise an online test of Maths, English, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning and a written English paper.  

If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us prior to the examinations and provide us with any supporting information, e.g. Educational Psychologist's report, to enable us to make the necessary arrangements on the day of the examinations.

Candidates who meet our academic requirements in the entrance examinations will  be invited for individual interview.  Offers will be made on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations and at interview.  We will also request a confidential report from your child's current school. 

Overseas Candidates

Candidates applying from overseas who are unable to attend the entrance examinations at Freemen's in November, may be able to sit the exams at their current school, at an approved agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you wish to sit overseas.



Candidates whose offer is conditional on GCSE results:  the earliest date we can send offer letters is 1st December,  but the date will depend on when we receive your school report and when we are able to schedule your interview. 

Candidates sitting Entrance Examinations: offers will be sent by post during the first week of February. 


We regret, given the large number of applicants, that we are unable to give feedback on applications. 

Accepting a place

Once we have sent your offer, you will have until the Christmas holidays (conditional offers) or three to four weeks after  the offer (unconditional offers) to make your decision.

When you accept your place, we will ask for a £1,000 deposit from day pupils or a term's fees for boarders: £500 (day) and £1000 (Boarders) will be held until the final account is due. The remaining will be offset against the first term’s fees. We will then send you links to the New Starter Pack, usually in May or June.This has all the information you need before starting with us. 

Then you will be ready to start in September. We usually dedicate the first day for induction for all the Sixth Form.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Admissions FAQs

We know that you will have a lot of questions when choosing a school. We are always happy to answer your questions. You can call us directly on 01372 822423 or you can email  Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. (Click on the small red arrows to reveal the answers.)