Life in the Sixth Form is hard work but pupils are treated as mature young adults.
The Sixth Form Mentors guide you through the university application, choice of subjects and a range of other challenges both great and small. There is no school uniform but the requirement to dress like young professional people.
The Sixth Form offers change, a wealth of new opportunities and a chance to prepare for the future.
We offer a comprehensive range of A Level and BTec courses. We expect potential Sixth Formers to have a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade 4 or above and to have achieved at least a grade 6 at GCSE in their chosen subjects.
Available courses are listed in the A Level curriculum document in this section.
What’s Sixth Form Like?
‘Battle Abbey Sixth Form encourages us to achieve the best possible grades, in addition to providing us with the skills to be independent, responsible, well rounded individuals when we leave the Abbey. There is not a day that goes by when there isn’t a club, trip, event or society meeting taking place, (ranging from school choirs and knitting clubs to debating and sports teams). The Sixth Form have the opportunity to not only participate in these activities, but also to become leaders and role models for younger students. These opportunities along with positions of responsibility in the school (Guardians, Bronzes, Stars and Heads of Houses) enable us to vocalise our opinions on behalf of the student body, and have a say in the day to day running of the school.
Traditions are a key element to Battle Abbey life, and particularly for the Sixth Form; the Sixth Form-only events such as the Sixth Form Christmas Dinner and the Summer Ball are highlights in the year. Both events unite the students and teachers for two incredible evenings of food, dancing and friendship. There are also many other school events ranging from concerts and Founder’s Days to the infamous school Christmas lunch. During the latter event, the whole school wears Christmas jumpers and sits with their Houses, enjoying a wonderful Christmas dinner provided by the ever so friendly catering staff and, to conclude the festivities, an incredibly intense paper fight!
The Inter-House competitions are also very important traditions creating competitive house spirit, in annual events such as the Christmas pantomime competition and Sports day in the summer, as well all the House charity-fundraising events throughout the year, which the Sixth Form are encouraged to lead. These events help improve our organisational and people skills, as well as leadership qualities.
Sixth Form students are encouraged to give up two free periods or an after school period a week to help out in a Key Stage 3 lesson or club, building the bridge between the younger and the older members of the school, developing and supporting the cohesive, family atmosphere that is so valuable to Battle Abbey School.
Martlet House is an incredibly important part of, and a huge asset to, Sixth Form life, providing a place for Sixth Formers to both relax and study. The Martlet House Café, run by Annie, is a great place to socialise with a cup of tea or coffee after lessons. With an extra silent study room, outside terrace, fitness suite and computer room, we have plenty of
facilities available for us to work in and unwind.
Year 13 and the University Application process, or UCAS, can be particularly daunting with multiple deadlines and
putting together a Personal Statement. Yet with the amount of support available from teachers and peers at Battle Abbey, it seems a lot more manageable. This support from teachers not only applies to submitting applications, as due to the friendly ethos of the School, our teachers’ doors are always open for extra assistance in their given subject areas, advice, or just a little chat as they will happily lend a hand whenever they can.
Overall, Sixth Form life is never boring, and if you join Battle Abbey, you will leave with dozens of wonderful memories and lifelong friends; as a versatile individual who has acquired skills inside and outside the classroom, and fully equipped for whatever exciting adventures and careers lie ahead of you.’
The Guardians 2018/2019