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Why choose the Sixth Form at Malton School?

The Sixth Form at Malton School offers students one of the highest possible success rates for the achievement of desired future career destinations. We combine an inclusive admissions offer to support the continuation of study in our local, rural community, with excellent teaching and learning and high quality pastoral guidance and careers advice. Our Sixth Form comprises a healthy and dynamic mix of young people joining us from schools across the area. Students quickly settle in to the friendly and happy family ethos that pervades the school. We pride ourselves on making the transition from Year 11 to Sixth Form as smooth as possible and integrating students from Malton and other schools into one student body, where everyone feels valued and respects each other. The students enjoy the challenge and support received from the staff team, inspired by our experienced subject specialists and they thrive on this environment.

We are an iPad school. Every student and member of staff has an iPad pre-loaded with important and advantageous educational apps. These are used in lessons and to support private study. The development of strong independent learning and research skills is such a vital factor at post-16 level. The majority of our students choose to go on to study at University and we are proud of our strong rates of former students succeeding at University level. We don’t simply look to “get” our students into University but also to “prepare” them for University. This applies equally to those who want to pursue an apprenticeship route or go straight into employment.

The school also delivers a unique programme of personal development activities designed to enhance the future success and employability of students. We run a longer day on a Thursday. The last hour of that day is devoted a very wide range of personal skill development activities. The students choose a different activity each term. These can range from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (up to Gold level); to the study of MOOCs (mass on-line learning courses); to extended subject study (going beyond the A level curriculum); to conversational languages; to a range of voluntary and charity activities; debating; and various sports, drama, art and music options. Short introductory videos on our personal development and iPad schemes can be viewed on the school website.

Minimum entry requirements

All students entering the sixth form to undertake a 3 A-Level programme must have secured 5 GCSE grades at 4 or above. Students wanting to pursue a full L3 BTEC course of study, need to have gained 4 GCSE grades at 4 or above. Students achieving a strong grade (7/8/9) profile may choose to undertake a
programme of four A Levels.

It is expected that all students will achieve a GCSE grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics. Where this has not been secured students will be required to retake these qualifications as part of their Year 12 Sixth Form programme of study. In Mathematics it is highly recommended at least a 6 is secured, on the higher paper, due to the demanding nature of this subject.

Entry is at the discretion of the Head of Sixth Form, in consultation with the Head teacher.

Occasionally there will be special circumstances whereby a student is permitted to enter with less than the stated requirements above, but this will be conditional on meeting certain criteria both before and during the induction period. In all cases students will be expected to sign a learning agreement, making a commitment to meet our high expectations of attitude to study.