Stanbridge Earls School
CISCO Academy

Stanbridge Earls

Building confidence - achieving success at Stanbridge Earls School


The school sixth form caters for both students who have succeeded at GCSE and wish to start advanced level study and also those for whom additional time on the intermediate level studies is necessary to give them the skills and confidence to progress academically or practically.

Because of the nature of student difficulties it is common for English and/or maths GCSE to be retaken alongside A level study.

We are able to offer a good range of subjects and class sizes range from around five students to individual tuition and every effort is made to meet students’ course interests. The specialist support teachers work alongside subject teachers to ensure each student has the appropriate support for optimum success. Students develop a close relationship with staff.


The sixth form offers a good range of GCE A level subjects including several GCE Applied A levels. The applied courses have a greater emphasis on course work and portfolios so may suit students who find the exams stressful, preferring to work steadily throughout the course. Applied A levels are graded in the same way as traditional A level courses and carry the same points value when applying for higher education.

Entry onto advanced level courses is conditional on students achieving 4 or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

Some subjects do not require the student to have studied it to GCSE standard so providing the opportunity to start a new area of study. Most subjects do not insist on a grade C at either English or Maths and where necessary these can be retaken alongside advanced level study.

One or two year intermediate level (level 2) study options

Stanbridge is aware that some students need more time to achieve their potential and the Bridge Course provides a varied curriculum to enable them to achieve success at GCSE level.

The core subjects of English language and Maths are offered alongside a variety of new vocational subjects, and life and key skills topics.

GCSEs are offered in hospitality & catering and art & design. These courses have a high element of practical coursework assessment and reward consistent effort.

Further vocational courses are also offered in travel & tourism and motor vehicle engineering. Some students combine these with advanced level study.

One of the core goals of the school is to equip students to be able to participate fully in society and to succeed and achieve. To achieve this aim ASDAN courses are offered alongside academic studies.

The 6th Form prospectus can be downloaded here (213kb)


We are proud of the schools achievements in both the performing arts and sport and all students are encouraged to participate whether they are following the subjects at exam level or just wish to become involved for pleasure. These activities develop a range of skills and have been shown to greatly improve confidence and self esteem and giving a real sense of achievement.

The drama department produces a variety of productions each year from Les Miserables to Grease and Shakespeare and all students are welcome to participate, either on stage of as technical support. Music is also encouraged whether as part of performing arts or for the pleasure of playing an instrument. The specialist teaching staff is able to coach students though appropriate music grades.

Stanbridge offers wide and varied opportunities for sporting participation and development at sixth form level, with a full activity programme, covering such diverse activities as horse riding to climbing to golf, on offer.

There is also the opportunity to take part in traditional team games with fixtures both locally and around the country. Several 6th form members currently play at county level and the school has played rugby in South Africa and it currently planning a rugby trip to Barbados.

The extensive facilities including swimming pool, squash court, indoor sports hall and multi-gym allow for recreational as well as competitive sports programmes.

Each year students have progressed onto higher education opportunities in both the performance and sporting fields.


A popular enrichment programme operates throughout the year with staff and students organising educational lectures, life skills courses, and theatre, art and music trips. For the social enrichment there are discos, dances, parties, dinners and a leavers’ prom and art, theatre and music trips.

All students have the use of their own sixth form common rooms and study periods may be spent working in their boarding house, library or ICT suite. The timetable allows enough flexibility for sixth formers to pursue recreational interests such as working out in the new multi-gym or practising musical instruments. There is also a sixth form social club including a bar (opened at specific times and run by a member of staff).


We firmly believe that happiness lies at the root of all successful teaching and to this end pastoral care is an important part of the school’s ethos. Throughout the sixth form tutors underpin and coordinate academic progress, career and higher education plans. They work closely with house heads, the head of sixth form and the careers staff, to ensure every student’s needs are met.

Our sixth form students welcome the chance to demonstrate leadership and responsibility as school prefects, school monitors and house prefects. We also seek to stretch and challenge our students and offer them new opportunities through the extensive range of sporting, cultural and extra-curricular activities.

Academic achievement, alongside specialist learning support, the chance to stretch oneself, develop teamwork and leadership skills and make friendships that last a lifetime are all good reasons to study in the sixth form at Stanbridge Earls.


Students looking to enter higher education benefit from attending a large higher education fair run at a local 6th form college. The progression team help students with HE course choice, completion of the online application process and producing the personal statements necessary for application. Where students wish to attend university open days, help is given with online booking and arranging of transport.

Whatever the final destination of our students the progression team work closely together to ensure they have the information, guidance and support to make an informed decision.

In 2007 all pupils leaving the sixth form went into either further study or work. No leaver was found to be “not in education, employment and training” (NEET) thus meeting the government targets for young people.

Pupils entering Higher Education went into a wide variety of areas; including Performing Arts, Business Management, Coaching Science, Tourism, Aerospace Technology and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Several other students are now completing Gap years prior to entering Higher Education in 2008.

Students not aiming for Higher Education have successfully transferred to relevant further education and employment with training.

The emphasis is on ensuring that the two most academically rigorous years of school life, also provide a full range of opportunities and, above all, skills and friendships that last a lifetime.

We are proud of our record of developing each individual’s interests and potential and helping them to make a successful transition into the wider community.

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