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Welcome to Herne Bay High School

Message from the Principal

I am very pleased that you are considering entering the Sixth Form at Herne Bay High School in September. Our Sixth form continues to grow and is going from strength to strength with significantly improving outcomes, increased university entrance, excellent leadership development and a wider than ever range of courses.

As Principal, I believe that the Sixth Form at Herne Bay High School should be seen as the most important phase in your educational development and as such, I have targeted a great deal of expenditure towards Post-16 staffing and resources. The following resources are available to Sixth Form students:

  • A dedicated Sixth Form Centre with private study areas and common room facilities

  • Additional IT areas, specifically for Sixth Form students

  • Wireless Access points available within the Sixth Form Centre

  • Purpose built specialist areas for all Advanced Vocational courses including:

  • The Theatre, Dance Studios, Bay Arena, Health Studies and Media Centre encompassing a state of the art cinema facility

  • The Learning Resource Centre and the lecture theatre is available to you throughout the day and beyond normal school time

Our sixth form prospectus is available on the website, accessible from the sixth form home page; additionally the website displays all our Post-16 courses on offer. Please take time to read the subject and entry requirement information very carefully as they do vary from course to course. If you are unsure at all, please contact the sixth form team to discuss your application, as the school will do its utmost to accommodate your preferred choice.

I can assure all prospective Sixth Form students that my colleagues and I look upon the Sixth Form at Herne Bay High School with pride and as a very important feature of the school community. Our expectations for your success in the Sixth Form will be extremely high. Whether you aspire to university or employment, you can be assured that throughout your time in the Sixth Form, significant support will be devoted to you as an individual to ensure that you perform at the very highest level..

My colleagues and I wish you well both in your examinations in the summer and in your application to enter our Sixth Form.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Boyes



About us

Herne Bay High School is located on the coast and offers a wide range of  challenging A Levels and Btec qualifications (Level 3).  Our aim is for students to study subjects they enjoy and will therefore thrive in.  It is important for students to be confident, take responsibility and have an established future pathway after Year 13.

We have approximately 260 students in the 6th Form and whilst the majority come from present HBHS students, a number of external candidates join us each year.  Students in the 6th Form join a mixed Year 13 and 12 mentor group, to enable Year 12 students to learn through experiences of their peers.

How to Apply:

Our Post 16 Information Evening took place on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

All applicants apply on kentchoices and our application window is open from the 22 November 2018 to 1 February 2019 at 3pm.  If you wish to make an application after this date, please make contact in August when GCSE results are known.

Please ensure you have read the entry requirements for each subject you apply for. These are specified within the course information detailed within the online prospectus. In addition, please check your chosen subjects against the option blocks, ensuring you have only selected one course from each block.

Please contact school on 01227 361221 if you require assistance with the application or if you have any enquiries.

Option Block Information can be found on:

Level 3 Courses:

To join the Level 3 Advanced Courses students normally require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9-4, including Maths and English.

Level 2 Courses:

If you are not eligible to apply for the Level 3 courses, you may wish to apply to join the Level 2 Course and students normally require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at  9-2 including Maths, English Language at Grade 3.

Course Advice Meeting:

All applicants will be asked to attend a course advice meeting during March 2019. Please note, information regarding your course advice meeting  date/time will be posted to you and your options will then be discussed with you at this time.

External Student Applications:

If you are an external student then we will require sight of your last school report, attendance information and birth certificate when you come for your course advice meeting and we will apply to your school for an academic reference.

Conditional Offers:

Following your course advice meeting in the Spring term, if a conditional offer has been made, the details of this will be e mailed to you via

Induction Programme:

All applicants will be required to attend our induction programme on the 25 - 26 June 2019. The 26th Is an optional trip to Brighton.

Post GCSE Results:

If you have met the requirements of your conditional offer, a letter confirming your place at HBHS will be provided.  This letter will provide enrolment information about when you need to attend school to obtain your timetable. 

If you have not met the conditional offer requirements, additional guidance interviews will be offered to enable discussions regarding alternative course options.

If however, you have made alternative arrangements and now no longer require your place at HBHS please do advise us as soon as possible on


Facilities available

  • Sixth Form Centre - Common Room
  • Dedicated ICT Facilities for 6th Form
  • Learning Resource Centre and Lecture Theatre
  • Private Study Areas and Common Room Facilities
  • Purpose Built Media and HealthCare Facilities
  • State of the Art Cinema
  • Sports Arena
  • Dance Studios
  • Bay Theatre
  • Wireless Access Points

Additional support

Student Support

Students have a dedicated mentor to support them through their 6th Form journey.  In addition, students have access to advice and gudiance within school.

Financial Support

If you need financial support and meet the relevant criteria, we may be able to help with the cost of travel, equipment, books or trip costs through the Post 16 Bursary Fund.  All students are welcome to apply.

Travel Costs

Kent County Council have introduced a Post 16 Travel Card.  Please the 6th Form Secion of our schhol website for further details or go to

Post 18 Destination

Careers information is delivered through Assemblies, Mentor Support, 6th Form Conference, Workshops and PSHEE in years 12 and 13.

The 6th Form 'Pathways' Conference is held in Year 12 and is part of your Post 18 journey. Staff work with students to ensure that they have access to careers education and guidance, which will enable them to progress and maximise their opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Learning Resource Centre

This is in the heart of our school and accessible for all. Here you will find information that you may need for your course.  In addition, there are quiet areas for studying.

Learner success

The Application window is from 22nd November 2018 to 1st February 2019 at 3pm

Applications will not be accepted before or after this time.  However,you may apply directly when GCSE results are known in August. Please contact HBHS on or 01227 361221.

You should:

•read all entry criteria for the courses

•carefully research the course details, before you choose your subject combination

•consider your academic suitability for and interest in subjects before making your final decisions

•consider how your subject combinations may impact on your choices for Higher Education and future career decisions


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2019
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  • A: Herne Bay High School
    • Address:
    • Herne Bay High School
    • Bullockstone Road
    • Kent
    • CT6 7NS
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.