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Sixth Form Admissions

How to Apply

Applications have now closed for both internal and external students. Offers were sent out in early March 2024.

All offer holders will be invited to the school for an Induction Day between 1-4 July 2024 (following GCSE exams). The aim of this is to give prospective students a glimpse of life at Newstead Wood including the activities and opportunities on offer as a student in our Sixth Form.

Eligibility and Entry Criteria

Entry to Year 12 is on the basis of academic ability demonstrated by achievement at GCSE. Confirmed places in Year 12 can therefore only be allocated following GCSE Results Day in August. The minimum qualification for entry into Year 12 (the entry requirements) is a minimum of 4 Grade 6s and 4 Grade 7s taken from at least 8 GCSEs completed in one sitting.

  • Grade 7 or higher in subjects to be followed to Advanced Level (or related subjects) please see our full admissions criteria here.
  • And at least a Grade 6 in English and Mathematics
  • Grades at 4 or lower will not be counted

All students in the current Year 11 at Newstead Wood School who meet the entry requirements and their course requirements will automatically obtain a place.

824 applications were received for entry in 2023.  

910 applications were received for entry in September 2024.

In the event of oversubscription from external candidates places will be offered to students who meet the entry criteria in the order set out in our Admissions Policy and subject to maximum set sizes not being exceeded in individual subjects. It is important to note that the school may not be able to offer places to all external applicants who meet the minimum entry criteria. A waiting list will be compiled and maintained until the end of September of Year 12.  


Applicants must have the legal right to be resident in the United Kingdom at the start of and for the duration of their A-Level programme. 

Full GCSEs are the only qualifications considered for Entry to Sixth Form. Qualifications taken in addition to GCSEs (e.g. Free Standing Maths; AQA Certificate in Further Maths; RS Short Course) are not taken into account for the minimum qualification criteria for entry into Year 12. 

If you have any questions regarding applying to Newstead Wood please contact

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