frequently asked questions

I didn't attend Turing House, can I still apply for the Sixth Form?

Yes, we welcome applications from students from across the community. 

How big is Turing House Sixth Form?

We aim for a maximum of 150 students entering our sixth form each year. All current Year 11 students who meet the sixth form’s minimum entry criteria are able to transfer to sixth form, and at least 30 Year 12 places will be available to external candidates each year.

Our sixth form is a close-knit community with small class sizes, usually between 8 and 15, though they may be smaller depending on students’ choices. Small class sizes facilitate strong relationships with teachers and fellow students, and ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience.

How many subjects can I study?

Most students will choose 3 A-levels or BTEC qualifications. Three good grades at A-level is the entry requirement for the majority of universities, so for many students the best approach will be to focus on three subjects only.

As an additional option, you can also take an Extended Project Qualification, equivalent to half an A-Level.

Some students may wish take four A-levels, whether to pursue a particular interest, keep their options open, or aim for a higher total of UCAS points. In this situation we will support a student continuing with four subjects as long as we consider it to be manageable. Further Mathematics, Mathematics, plus two other subjects is the traditional four-subject combination, but please talk to the school to find out if we can support your specific choices.

If I'm unsure about which subjects I would like to study, can I apply or should I wait?

You should apply now as you will be able to re-consider your choices once the term starts. Subject to timetabling restrictions you can change course within a limited window in the first half term.

What happens if I don't get the GCSE results I need for the course I want to do?

All students can have days when exams don’t go too well. If your results are not what you expected on GCSE results day, staff will be in school to discuss your course options with you, and guidance will be given.

What is enrolment day?

Enrolment day usually coincides with GCSE results day. This is when you register for your place at Turing House with your actual GCSE results in hand.  However, we do not have a cut off date for enrolment, and you are welcome to get in touch after this date.

If we have more external applicants than there are places available then they will be invited to register in the order outlined in our Oversubscription Criteria, and we advise applicants by email if all courses are filled before their appointment time.

How will my lessons be different from GCSE?

The lessons will be more relaxed than at GCSE. Classes will be smaller and the atmosphere will be more collaborative. Lesson time will be spent exploring the most significant elements of the subject in greater depth. Often discussions and shared learning will be central to the lessons. There will be an expectation of preparation ahead of the lesson – this may be pre-reading or research.

You will take the lead when it comes to independent study. With small classes and a seminar style classroom environment, preparation is key to enable you to contribute and take an active role in your learning.

Will there be a Sixth Form common room?

Yes! There will be an area for socialising, relaxation and group work; a kitchen for preparing your own drinks and snacks; a state of the art study area with docking stations, printers and all the equipment you need to prepare your work. 

You will have priority access to the canteen lunch queue, and you will have the opportunity to visit local shops and cafes.

Will I have free time during the day?

Yes! In addition to your five 50-minute lessons for each A Level subject, and other timetabled sessions such as tutorial time, you are likely to have between 10 and 12 “non-contact sessions” per week. You may want to use these to complete additional subject reading and/or homework, to relax in the common room, or to go off site.

Will there be Sixth Form sports?

Yes, the PE department will organise sporting fixtures and events throughout the year.

Can I continue with my Duke of Edinburgh award?

Yes, along with a range of additional intra and extra-curricular activities.

Can I bring in my laptop or tablet?

Yes. WiFi will be available for sixth form students, and you can bring in your own laptops if you wish (at your own risk).  However school laptops will also be available in the Sixth Form study area.

Can I use my phone?

Yes, and there will be WiFi access. We will ask you to only use your phones in the designated Sixth Form area.

What can I wear?

Students should be dressed appropriately for the school environment, in keeping with the adults in the school.   Please see our Dress Code Guidance.

Can I park my car at Turing House?

No, there is no student parking at Turing House. The site is well served by public transport.