Sixth Form

Welcome from the Director of Studies Post 16 – Mrs Alison Spencer

At John Taylor we offer an exciting and stimulating curriculum, a supportive pastoral system and a wide range of leadership opportunities for students before they make that leap to Higher Education, an Apprenticeship or employment. Years 12 and 13 can be a daunting period of change with a focus on examinations and exam results. However, here at John Taylor we support students both academically and in their personal development so they can make the best of the opportunities our increasingly globalised world has to offer.

The sixth form is outstanding. Students are exceptionally well supported both academically and in their personal development. Ofsted March 2014

At John Taylor students excel academically because of high expectations and well placed motivation from staff together with outstanding teaching and encouragement for students. Learning at this level and making decisions about the future is challenging for both students and parents. At the school we want to acknowledge that success is a partnership between the school, the student and parents and so as well as providing support for students we have a regular programme of meetings so that parents know how best to support their son or daughter.

We offer a broad range of subjects both academic and vocational. Students are provided with excellent information, advice and guidance and as a result qualifications and subjects are well matched to students’ aspirations and abilities. Achievement is well above the national average and in 2015 56% of grades awarded were at A* – B.

Teachers have exceptionally good subject knowledge and use this very well to plan lessons that motivate and enthuse students to learn. Ofsted March 2014.

We welcome both current John Taylor students and those from other schools into our sixth form. We believe all our students should have ambition and work hard. We want them to become independent learners and fulfil their potential. We also think they should make a positive contribution to the local and wider community. Students respond well to the outstanding teaching and positive encouragement they receive.

Interested why not download/view the John Taylor High School Sixth Form Prospectus and application form.

Applications – September 2017

If you are NOT currently a student at John Taylor and you wish to apply to join our Sixth Form, please download an application form and return it to Mrs Allison Wiles, Post 16 Admin Officer. All applications should be returned before the end of January 2017.

Once we receive your application, we will write to you in February inviting you to attend a brief interview and if successful, make you a provisional offer for a place in Sixth Form.

If you are currently in Year 11 at John Taylor High School you will be invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff in November to discuss your initial Post 16 Options and choices. This will be followed up with a second interview in February 2017, to which parents will be invited.

The following table outlines the process to apply to our Sixth Form:

December 2016 Trial Exams – 5th December: Students should ensure they are fully prepared for the upcoming examinations. This data will be considered when advising students for Post-16 Courses.
January / February 2017
  • Trial Exam Results Day – 5th January 2017 – Students will have the opportunity to find out what their exam results really mean.
  • Reports Issued – 5th January 2017
  • Consultation Evening with Senior Staff – Thursday 2nd February 4:30pm – 7:30 pm
March 2017 Conditional Offer Letter Issued – Monday 31st March for their Post 16 option choices, which will also outline the conditions for the course they wish to follow.
April 2017 Return of Offer Letter – No later than Monday 21st April – Students must have returned their offer letter by this date.
July 2017 Bridging Course – Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July – Students are expected to attend the Bridging course which involves taster lessons.
August 2017
  • GCSE Results Day – 24th August – Students receive GCSE results.
  • GCSE Results Option Changes – 25th August – Interviews for students who wish to change their option choices.

Late applications for 2016 will still be considered please email

Download/view the John Taylor High School Sixth Form Prospectus

Download/view the John Taylor High School Sixth Form Application Form