Introduction To 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 university, the world of work and for adult life.

Almost 100% of our Sixth Form students continue their studies to university, having taken four or five A levels over two years. 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.

2016 Destinations

  • 54% of school leavers are now attending Russell Group Universities
  • 14 students are now starting Medicine courses
  • 5 students are now starting Dentistry courses
  • 9 students are studying at Oxford or Cambridge
  • We had 5 successful applications for various forms of Engineering and 5 for Economics-based degrees. This year, English (4), History (3), and Geography (3) were popular too.


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 Envision, Young Enterprise, 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 chance of 3 day trips each year as well as trips to the theatre, Symphony Hall and of course trips abroad.

Should you require further information, please contact the Sixth Form team on Tel: 0121 554 2342 or email:

Application Forms

Application Form