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Welcome to Spalding High School

Thank you for considering Spalding High School sixth form. We are a high achieving academic grammar school offering a large number of AS and A level courses. We offer a caring, purposeful atmosphere with excellent teaching and specialist facilities. Each individual is valued and given opportunities to aim high, develop their talents, grow in confidence and to take on leadership roles within the sixth form and the wider school. Our students respond by achieving consistently high examination results and the vast majority move into their first choice university course or employment sector.

We invite applications from students who wish to become part of this vibrant, welcoming community and who will gain most from the challenges and opportunities which it offers. You do not have to have attended the High School to apply. We welcome transferees from other schools and a large number of new students join us every year. If you require any further information, please feel free to contact Mr Blackbourn, Mrs Waldron, our Head of Sixth Form, or me.

Mrs M Anderson


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Knowledge and understanding in all subjects will be tested frequently, as well as coursework playing an important part in the assessment process. There will be internal school examinations in January (L6) and February (U6) in preparation for external examinations.

Progress and attainment will be monitored during the year against ALIS (Advanced Level Information System) estimates. Students will set realistic and challenging targets in discussion with subject tutors and review their progress at regular intervals throughout the course. There will also be an annual parents’ evening when students, their parents and staff can discuss progress together. A formal school report is issued in Term 4 in both L6 and U6.

All students have interviews with members of the senior staff during the two years of their sixth form course. This is a supportive process, which provides another opportunity for any concerns to be aired and discussed before they develop into major problems.

Students are encouraged to develop independent study skills. All L6 students are allocated one supervised private study period a week and it is expected that most other study periods will be spent studying in the various areas set aside specifically for sixth form students i.e. the study room, library and common room.


Students are supported throughout their time in the sixth form to consider their post A Level progression plans. Early in their U6 year, many students make a UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) application. Tutors and the sixth form team are on hand to provide advice with personal statements, subject choices and university decisions. Potential Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry candidates are supported by the Head of Sixth Form and are given help and advice, working towards a well prepared application in the Autumn Term of their U6 year.

Mrs Bushell oversees Careers Education and is available for individual support and advice with students during the year.

Careers Education in the sixth form provides a planned and progressive programme of learning activities that give young people opportunities to make informed choices about their progression routes.

During the Careers Education sessions students will:

  • Gain knowledge about applying to Higher Education/Further Education/ work and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Pursue work experience.
  • Attend open days.
  • Consider the opportunities of taking a gap year.
  • Attend mock interviews.
  • Formulate a contingency plan.
  • Receive advice regarding personal statements and curriculum vitae.


Spalding High School seeks to give all of its students the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to reach their potential. Students with special educational needs and disabilities are well supported in the sixth form. Mrs S Broughton is our SEND Manager and aims to work in partnership with students and parents to assess, monitor and support student’s particular needs. Where appropriate, arrangements are made for students to be given special consideration and provision by examination boards.


Sixth form students considered by staff to possess outstanding academic ability or talent in a subject, will be nominated for inclusion on the School’s Gifted and Talented database; they may be mentored by departmental staff and will have the opportunity to participate in both departmental extension activities and those offered by external agencies, where appropriate. An area of the library is dedicated to this group of students, where more advanced texts, suitable for further and independent study beyond the specification, are located. The sixth form Gifted and Talented cohort are also responsible for managing and editing ‘The High Quarterly’, the School’s online magazine.

Academic success is very important but we also aim to develop our students’ skills in many areas in order to prepare them for employment or higher education. We have experienced tutors who work closely with their students to ensure that they achieve their full potential.


The 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to support those young people who may face financial barriers to continuing in education post-16. It aims to ensure that every young person participates in, and benefits from, a place in 16-19 education and training by providing additional financial support to help meet the costs of their participation. Application forms are available in early September from Mrs Barber who is the Sixth Form Administrator. The policy and additional information are available to view on the school website:

Learner success


2015 GCSE Results

47% of all grades were A/A*.

2015 A Level Results

SHS has consistently been one of the highest performing schools in the East Midlands. In 2015, 63% of all grades were A*-B, and 16 students attained at least 3 A grades. At AS level, 45% results were A or B grades

For Academic Success

  • Regularly placed in the top 150 state schools in the country for advanced level results.
  • Not less than a 100% pass rate for all subjects at A2 for many years.
  • Significant value added to the performance of our students when compared with their GCSE results.

For Personal Success

  • Tutorial support system to assist students to maximise their potential and to make the most of the opportunities available.
  • An exciting programme of enrichment activities.
  • A wide range of study visits, exchanges and extra-curricular trips are offered in this country and abroad.
  • An excellent retention rate, due to our system of individual support.

For Launching your Career

  • Usually around 90% of our students choose to go to university each year, the vast majority securing places at their first choice institution and course.
  • We have a very good student placement record at Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Opportunities to take on positions of responsibility and develop leadership skills via prefect team, peer mentoring, house system.
  • The genuinely caring nature of Spalding High School sixth form is one of its greatest strengths. All the staff do their utmost to help students through their courses and to cope with the challenges caused by the intense nature of study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 December 2015
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