Our Sixth Form

Welcome and thank you for considering King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls as a potential destination for your Sixth Form studies. We are an ‘outstanding school’ with excellent A level results where the Sixth Form plays a central role in school life. The Sixth Form Team is passionate about and dedicated to developing young people. We strive to create the very best academic environment possible where students can fulfil their potential and develop the skills required for apprenticeships, university, the world of work and for adult life.

Almost 90% of our Sixth Form students continue their studies to university, having taken three A levels (sometimes four) over two years, plus the Extended Project Qualification. We prepare our students to gain entry to the most prestigious universities in the country including the Russell Group, 1994 Group and Oxford and Cambridge. Similarly, we offer extensive support to students for successful applications to some of the most competitive university courses, including Medicine, Dentistry, English, Law, History and Psychology. It is for this reason and many others that the vast majority of our Year 11 students continue their studies here in our Sixth Form.

2022 Destinations

  • 54% of school leavers are now attending Russell Group Universities
  • 20 students are now starting Medicine courses
  • 3 students are now starting Dentistry courses
  • 4 students are studying at Oxford or Cambridge
  • We had 7 successful applications for various forms of Engineering and 10 for Economics-based degrees. This year, Law (11) and Psychology (8) were popular too.

Two students gained places in universities abroad: one at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA; and one at Groningen University in Holland. In addition, three students began Degree Apprenticeships with high ranking universities and companies.

Our Sixth Form is highly academic but also friendly and welcoming. By encouraging students to aim for the highest standards whilst making significant contributions to the running of the school, we strive for an adult atmosphere in which freedom and responsibility are evenly balanced. We place a considerable emphasis on nurturing the whole person and offer an exciting range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities. Our Sixth Formers play a full and valuable role in the main school. There are many extra-curricular activities available that are exclusive to the Sixth Form such as the creation of the school magazine ‘The Beacon’ and production of the Sixth Form Revue – a highlight of the Autumn term. There is also an enormous range of clubs that the students run for the younger girls for example, the Year 7 Friendship club, Dance, Drama, Athletics, Amnesty International, Science club and Medical Ethics. In addition, we have a wide range of clubs and activities that staff provide – school orchestras and ensembles, theatrical productions and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

School trips are always a highlight and our students have the opportunities to go to live theatre and concerts, participate in languages visits to France and Germany, and to CERN.

Should you require further information, please contact the Sixth Form team on Tel: 0121 554 2342 or email: ashaheen@kingedwardvi.bham.sch.uk