About FBS Sixth Form
FBS offers an academic Sixth Form: traditional A Level subjects and the EPQ along with BTEC Sport. We have small class sizes and a high number of teaching hours per subject. We want our teaching to provide a route to the top universities in the country, so our Sixth Form tutors spend time at Pembroke College, Oxford and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge learning how to fully prepare our boys, and our students visit the colleges, look at the departments that they are interested in and spend time with undergraduates. We are also building strong links with Brasenose College, Oxford and Trinity College, Oxford through partnerships centred on rowing, again giving our boys the opportunity to experience university life and lose inhibitions about applying to these big beasts.
Academia is just part of our Sixth Form. We know the critical importance for their future lives of developing well rounded young men, so we have a rich co-curriculum and sports provision. All Sixth Formers are expected to be role models and active student leaders at the heart of the school - leading some clubs, as mentors, as head boy and deputy head boys, as volunteer teaching assistants, having lunch with the rest of the school a couple of times a week and driving their school houses.
The three pillars of FBS run strongly through our Sixth Form. It is geared towards young men. It nurtures enterprise: we want our boys to go into the world and make things happen, change things for the better. It is built upon the Christian faith: we want our boys to continue to think about the big things, have opinions, and for the Sixth Form to be a hotbed of debate.
As with the rest of the school, we insist on high standards - attendance, punctuality, behaviour and uniform and appearance. Our Sixth Form uniform is a suit, from the school stockists. Why not students ’own ‘business suit’? Because the strength of FBS is that we draw boys from all backgrounds. Some of the richest and some of the poorest. Wearing their Sixth Form suit, they all look immaculate.
In a nutshell, FBS Sixth Form contains all the elements we think are important for FBS, now just a bit more for grown ups. But it is not college. If boys want total freedom, FBS is not the Sixth Form for them. We believe Years 12 and 13 are the bridge between school and being a boy, and university or the world of work and being a man. We’ve designed it as a bridge because there’s a huge jump from Year 11, with every period accounted for, to Sixth Form where more work is done outside lessons than in class. Our pastoral care is integral to this: all our Sixth Formers are known, looked after, helped and given increased freedom and responsibility to make the transition from school to university and beyond.
The school admitted its first intake to the Sixth Form in September 2019 and some places remain available in our Lower Sixth. In September 2020 we will be taking our second intake, combining a majority of students progressing from Year 11 with external applicants. All students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry of five GCSEs graded 9-5. For some subjects, specific grades are required:
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics - 7
- Mathematics - 7
- Further Maths - 8
- French and Spanish - 7
The school also welcomes applications from external applicants and the admissions policy is available under the ‘School’s 2020-2021 Admissions Policy’ here.
- Sixth Form Application Form for September 2020 is available here
- Sixth Form prospectus here
- Sixth Form 'Options At 16' booklet here
The deadline for admissions is Friday 31st January, 2020.
To help candidates decide which courses are most suitable for them, all applicants (both internal and external) who are predicted grades that match or exceed our subject requirements will be invited to a meeting with a senior member of staff at the school before offers are made. These meetings will take place during the week of Monday 10th February and Friday 14th February 2020.
Printed Application Forms should be returned to: Sixth Form Admissions, 11 Mund Street, Gibbs Green, W14 9LY London.
For admissions inquiries and application forms please email Emily Fryer – Sixth Form and Enterprise Admin Assistant: e.fryer@fulhamboysschool.